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Congrats to Mike Phillips on his retirement

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The Family of John Whitehair

Marnetta Daniels and Calvin Daniels

Brian Casto for the loss of his father

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Jeffrey Carpenter, loss of father

Jennifer Wooten loss of her grandfather

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred on or after January 20, 2020.

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Organizing Update

Monday - February 06, 2023
Organizing Update

TCGPlayer (eBay)

Last week, CWA filed an unfair labor practice charge against TCGPlayer, an online marketplace for trading card games and subsidiary of eBay, for violating federal labor law. Within the past two weeks, multiple TCGPlayer supervisors and managers, including CEO Chedy Hampson, have patrolled the floor of the authentication center, taking note of employees who have worn any clothes or insignia identifying them as supporters of TCGunion-CWA. “It’s clear the actions of TCGPlayer management are inconsistent with their proclamation of being among the best workplaces in New York State. Instead of respecting TCG workers’ protected right to choose to join a union or not, management has chosen to directly violate their labor rights,” said CWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens. “If TCGPlayer wants to live up to its core value of ‘community for all,’ they must respect their workers’ rights and allow a free and fair election to happen without interference.”

Bargaining Update

Monday - February 06, 2023
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Rally

AT&T Mobility and DirecTV (Black)

Contract negotiations for the AT&T Mobility and DirecTV Black contracts have begun. The current agreement, which expires on February 10, covers employees across the southeast in CWA District 3. The bargaining committee is determined to address the various issues members have raised concerns about including compensation, benefits, job security, and work-life balance. The members have been actively mobilizing to strengthen their power at the bargaining table and improve their working conditions. Learn more and sign up for updates. For AT&T Mobility click here. For DirecTV click here.

CWA D3 AT&T Mobility Workers
AT&T Mobility and DirecTV workers in CWA District 3 shared selfies on social media to show their support for a fair contract.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Last week, CWA mailers, typographers, and journalists, along with members of the Teamsters and Pressmen’s Union GCC/IBT, marked over 100 days on strike at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with a rally outside the City-County Building. They were joined by union members, community stakeholders, and other supporters. The workers are also receiving an outpouring of solidarity online and from elected officials such as Congressman Chris Deluzio, who spoke on the house floor in support of the striking workers.

The striking NewsGuild-CWA journalists won a major victory last Friday when Judge Geoffrey Carter, a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge, ruled overwhelmingly that Post-Gazette management and representatives have bargained in bad faith since 2017 and, in doing so, violated the National Labor Relations Act. The Post-Gazette was ordered to end the impasse that the company unilaterally declared in July 2020, to undo changes to working conditions that the company imposed in 2020, to restore the union contract, and to begin bargaining within 15 days of the union’s request to do so. Additionally, the judge ordered the Post-Gazette to compensate workers who lost wages or benefits caused by the illegal imposition of conditions in 2020.

Block Communications, the Post-Gazette’s parent company, is also facing an unfair labor practice charge filed by the Toledo NewsGuild, TNG-CWA Local 34043, on behalf of a reporter at the Toledo Blade, another newspaper owned by Block, who was allegedly forced to perform work for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The charge claims that Block forcing an employee to cross a picket line explicitly violates the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement currently in effect.

The NewsGuild-CWA is also raising concerns about Block Communications' announcement that it is purchasing Pittsburgh City Paper. TNG-CWA President Jon Schleuss has asked the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the consolidation of Pittsburgh’s local news market. “It will harm the community by reducing points of view on key issues,” writes Schleuss in a letter to the DOJ. “It will also distort the local labor market for news workers by restricting the mobility of news employees,” he added.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Rally
Striking CWA members at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and supporters participated in a rally in downtown Pittsburgh to mark a 100 days on strike and celebrate their latest victory.

Worker Power Update

Monday - February 06, 2023
e-Newsletter

CWAers Fighting for Broadband Access and Good Jobs Win Big in New York, Speak Up About the Need to Prioritize the Public Good

CWA activists across the country have been fighting for rules and regulations that ensure that companies who use taxpayer funds from stimulus packages such as the American Rescue Plan to expand broadband access pay prevailing wages, follow strong labor standards, and create more good, union-represented jobs. In New York, CWA members, who successfully mobilized for the inclusion of strong labor protections last year, won a major victory by playing a key role in Verizon’s winning bid to work with Onondaga County to expand broadband access to unserved and underserved locations. CWA supported Verizon’s bid because it hires a highly skilled and well-trained union workforce and has a proven track record of delivering high quality, reliable fiber broadband service. This means more work for CWA members in Central New York.

In addition, Britni Cuington, a CWA member and fiber technician at AT&T, spoke at an event with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, along with representatives from Americans for Financial Reform and other labor organizations, to discuss how we can leverage public money for the public good by moving away from a Wall Street-driven economy and toward one that works for all communities. “As a proud member of CWA and a leader with our broadband brigade, my priority is to advocate for public investments to help working families. Right now, we're working hard to ensure that states start using the funding from the bipartisan infrastructure bill to expand internet access to all and provide quality services by hiring skilled union workers. As funds from the investment bill passed by the Biden administration continue to roll out, states must now set firm labor standards that work in the interests of the public, not Wall Street,” said Cuington.

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CWA Arizona State Council Endorses U.S. Senate Candidate Ruben Gallego

CWA’s Arizona State Council endorsed Congressman Ruben Gallego for the U.S. Senate. Throughout his career, Rep. Gallego has been a steadfast supporter of working families and the labor movement. He has done a phenomenal job in Congress representing the interests of CWA members and working people throughout the state. He has been aligned with CWA in the fight for protecting call center jobs, labor law reform, raising wages, and supporting broadband buildout and against unfair trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He has proven time and time again that he will fight for the rights of workers to organize and have a voice on the job. He is also a staunch supporter of legislative efforts to lower the cost of prescription medication and expand access to Medicare. Arizona deserves a Senator like Rep. Gallego, who has a proven track record of championing the rights of everyday working people and standing up to wealthy special interests who seek to exploit workers for profit. Read more here.

Organizing Update

Monday - January 30, 2023
TCGPlayer Organizing

TCGPlayer (eBay)

A supermajority of workers at TCGPlayer’s authentication center in New York announced that they are forming the TCG Union/CWA and have filed for a union representation election with the National Labor Relations Board. TCGPlayer is the number one online marketplace for collectible trading cards and was acquired by eBay in November 2022. TCGPlayer workers are the first group of eBay workers to file for a union representation election with CWA.

The current unit includes close to 300 non-supervisory workers, including Generalists and Specialists across the Sorting, Pulling, Receiving, Shipping, Operations, Research and Development, Inventory, Comics, Quality, and Training departments. The workers are proud to be part of and stand in solidarity with the growing movement of workers among similar companies such as United Paizo Workers, Bellevue Mox Organized Workers, and Noble Knight Games United in organizing for dignity and respect on the job.

TCGPlayer Organizing
Workers at TCGPlayer (eBay) held a rally to announce the formation of their union, TCG Union/CWA.

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Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

Workers at the public radio show and podcast Reveal, co-produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting, won voluntary recognition after a super majority of them signed cards in support of forming a union with the NewsGuild-CWA. In their mission statement, the workers said, “We want a seat at the table where decisions that impact staff in every department and level are made. We want to work alongside our leadership and board to establish policies that center diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We want to build a culture that recognizes we have lives and families outside of Reveal and create a space where our colleagues can see themselves working for years to come. We want our individual accomplishments to be rewarded fairly. Above all, we want to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Worker Power Update

Monday - January 30, 2023
United Campus Workers in Virginia

United Campus Workers-CWA Virginia Members Fight for Affordable Child Care

Members of United Campus Workers-Virginia (CWA Local 2265) held their second annual Lobby Day at the Capitol in Richmond last week. The union activists met with over 20 state legislators and held a rally on the Capitol grounds, highlighting their Childcare for All campaign and calling on legislators to support legislation that will improve the working conditions of public higher education workers in Virginia and help the institutions better serve all Virginians. The members believe that child care is a labor issue at its core and through their campaign they are fighting to make affordable child care accessible to all working families.

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Members of United Campus Workers-Virginia (CWA Local 2265) held their second annual Lobby Day at the Capitol in Richmond.

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CWA New Mexico State Workers Fight to Preserve Telework

State workers in New Mexico, members of CWA Local 7076, are fighting back against the state’s unfair plan to remove telework for all employees after state officials suddenly repealed the telework policy on November 29 and instructed employees to return on January 3. The union and state officials have negotiated a delay until February, but the workers argue that is still not enough time. State employees are overworked and underpaid, while still providing essential services to the people of New Mexico. In addition, there are record vacancy rates across state agencies. The blanket cancellation of telework takes away one of the few perks that make working for the state a viable choice for so many employees. Last week, the workers held a rally to demand reinstatement of the telework policy for the good of the state. During the rally, the workers expressed their concerns, ranging from lack of adequate office space to personal issues such as childcare. They also argued that telework saves the state money and benefits state residents. The workers have also launched a public petition and are committed to continue to fight to preserve telework for state employees.

New Mexico State Workers
State workers in New Mexico, members of CWA Local 7076, held a rally last week to demand reinstatement of the telework policy for the good of the state.

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CWA District 1 Activists Hold Runaway Inequality Training

CWA District 1 Runaway Inequality Training

CWA District 1 activists participated in a Runaway Inequality training, held in person for the first time since the pandemic, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The activists learned about how the economic system has been stacked against workers, and what workers can do to take it back.

Maximus Workers Protest Unjust Layoffs

Monday - January 30, 2023
Maximus Action

Workers at Maximus, a multi-billion dollar corporation and the largest federal call center contractor, held a demonstration outside the company’s Louisiana and Mississippi offices to protest Maximus’s decision to cut some of the workforce handling calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is the latest action taken by workers at Maximus, who have been organizing with CWA for a union and fighting to improve their working conditions.

“Maximus cannot possibly claim that it treats its employees with respect and sensitivity when, as a billion-dollar corporation, it’s failing to provide enough notice of their termination or sufficient severance pay for workers to take care of their families,” said CWA Organizer Tiandra Robinson. “Shame on Maximus for pulling the rug out from under hundreds of people who are already struggling to make ends meet.” This decision comes as workers wrapped up a record-breaking open enrollment period earlier this month. The workers are continuing to fight against the unjust layoffs and to organize to form a union. Click here to donate to the workers’ solidarity fund.

Check out this video of workers protesting the unjust layoffs.

Maximus Action

Check Out the CWA Store for New Styles and Winter Gear

Monday - January 30, 2023
New Items at the CWA Store

New CWA styles and winter gear are now available in the CWA Store. Check out hats, fitted styles, and items from additional CWA sectors. All products are Union decorated. www.cwastore.org.

New Items at the CWA Store

Organizing Update

Monday - January 23, 2023
Organizing Update

Threespot

A supermajority of workers at Threespot, a progressive digital advertising agency, signed authorization cards in favor of forming a union with CWA. The workers, who organized with CODE-CWA, will join CWA Local 2336 in Washington, D.C. Their win reflects the growing trend of tech workers interested in the power of collective bargaining.

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Yulista Support Services

Aircraft mechanics at Yulista Support Services, a firm serving military customers in the aerospace and defense industry across the globe, have voted to join IUE-CWA Local 83226. The workers, who are employed at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Elizabeth City, N.C., are joining a larger group of workers on the base who organized to join the union in 2019.

Bargaining Update

Monday - January 23, 2023
Bargaining Update

Silver Airways

AFA-CWA Flight Attendants at Silver Airways voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract that raises wages and per diem, establishes a minimum pay policy for days on which Flight Attendants fly, and more improvements. Founded in 2010 from the former Gulfstream International Airlines, the independent regional airline operates flights between gateways in the Bahamas, Florida, and the Southeastern United States.

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