CWA Against Racism
Statement | Resources
Human Rights Department Hosts Virtual Town Hall with 9 to 5 Leader Ellen Cassedy
For Women's History Month 2023, CWA Human Rights hosted a Town Hall with Ellen Cassedy. Ellen was one of the original leaders of the 9to5 Movement in the 1970s. 9to5 brought together women office workers—first in Boston, then all across the country—to fight for higher pay, safe working environments, and, overall, respect on the job. It is a testament to the fact that anyone can organize—and win! We had a robust discussion with Ellen and got to hear about her 9to5 experience firsthand.
Please click here for the link to CWA's YouTube page to view the entire video event.
CWA Leaders Build Power at the 2022 Minority Leadership Institute
CWA leaders from across the union graduated from the 2022 CWA Minority Leadership Institute (MLI), held in person for the first time since 2019 and under the direction of CWA’s new Director of Human Rights, Education and Health & Safety, Angela Wells. The MLI program was established more than 30 years ago to promote the involvement of members of color and women at every level of our union. The CWA Minority Caucus, who led the push for greater education and training opportunities for underrepresented members, was one of the early advocates of the program. This year, thirteen CWA leaders, one from each District and Sector, came together for a week-long program to sharpen their skills in public speaking, organizing, mobilizing, collective bargaining, legislative advocacy, and building solidarity.
New Resources for Locals and Activists
Building an Anti-Racist Union: This training is designed to provide CWA members with knowledge and skills to build an anti-racist union. It includes three modules. Module 1: What Does Racial Difference/Bias Look Like In Our Workplace?; Module 2: Understanding Racism and Anti-Racism; Module 3: Building an Anti-Racist Union. Included in this resource is a slide deck, an instructor’s manual, several handouts and exercises. If you would like to access this resource, click here and fill out the form. Once your request has been submitted, you will receive a link to the available resources via email within 24 hours.