Family Updates & Retirements

Congrats to Mike Phillips on his retirement

In Sympathy

Brian Casto for the loss of his father

Retiree Melanie Carpenter, loss of huband

Jeffrey Carpenter, loss of father

Jennifer Wooten loss of her grandfather

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

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.

Learn More

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  • Someone Retires
  • Someone Moves And/or Changes Mailing Addresses
  • Someone Marries, Gives Birth Or Adopts A Child
  • Someone Passes Away Or Loses A Family Member

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Elaine Harris awarded prestigious UMWA award

Friday - September 10, 2021

elaineLOCAL 2001 wants to CONGRATULATE ELAINE!

Elaine Harris, CWA International Staff Representative for CWA District 2-13 and Local 2001 Staff Representative, was recently awarded the Mother Jones/Ma Blizzard award. The award was presented to her by Cecil Roberts, President of UMWA for her many years of dedicated service to protect and promote Union rights for all. In addition to representing CWA you can find her standing with UMWA and other unions throughout the state when called upon. Elaine is always fighting for the everyday working person.

The prestigious award is named for two UMWA activists from the early 1900s. Mary (Mother) Jones was once called “the most dangerous woman in America” due to her success in organizing mine workers and their families against mine owners. She was instrumental in WV UMWA as well as other unions and issues. In 1903 she organized a children’s march from Philadelphia to the home of President Teddy Roosevelt in New York. The march was protesting the lax enforcement of child labor laws in Pennsylvania mines and silk mills. Sarah (Ma) Blizzard, her husband and children were actively involved with the UMWA in its earliest days. After supporting a 1902 strike that led to being evicted from their home, the family moved to Cabin Creek in Kanawha County. During the violent Paint Creek-Cabin Creek strike of 1912 Ma allowed striking miners to camp on her land. She then joined forces with labor leader Mother Jones. Both ladies were instrumental in organizing and marching with UMWA members.

Ma Jones is the mother of (former) UWMA District 17 President Bill Blizzard and the great grandmother of UMWA President Cecil Roberts.

78th CWA Convention (Update)

Tuesday - September 07, 2021

The 78th CWA Convention that was to be held October 18-19, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana has been cancelled.

With the rising numbers of COVID cases and the concern of the health of members the CWA Executive Board decided this Convention will be held by ZOOM.

Vision Care Plan

Tuesday - September 07, 2021

Good News about the Vision Care Plan!

Davis Vision, administrator of the Vision Care Plan for the CWA WV VA (142) bargaining unit, has made a provider network modification that increases the number of in-network providers nationwide.  The upgrade to the network is in place now.

To find a provider, Plan members can use the Davis Vision Provider Locator tool via the Davis Vision website—either by logging into their private account, or by using the Frontier client code “4849”.


  1. Go to www.davisvisioncom/members
  2. Click on “Member Log In”
  3. Log In: Member can input their username and password if they’ve already set up an account, or can Register New Account if they have not previously done so.
  4. Search anonymously by Client Code: Input 4849 in the “Client Code” space which will provide an anonymous log in for the Frontier Plan and Network.
  5. Lastly, click on “Find a Provider” and input zip code & radius(miles) for search

To use the provider network, Plan members should simply call the provider to make an appointment and provide their Davis Vision ID#.  The provider will verify their eligibility directly with Davis Vision.

Frontier Communications to hire 100 new employees in West Virginia to fuel company’s growth plans

Wednesday - September 01, 2021

Frontier Communications says it will hire 100 new employees in WV by the end of 2021. 

The jobs will include cable splicers and outside plant techs.  The  Company is actively recruiting throughout the state, including in the Charleston, Huntington, Bluefield, Buckhannon, Clarksburg, Martinsburg, Parkersburg and Wheeling areas. 

For information about applying for a job, visit online at:

Information taken from Charleston Gazette-Mail article

78th CWA Convention October 18-19, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Tuesday - August 24, 2021

The 78th CWA Convention is scheduled to convene October 18-19, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Local 2001 will send the following elected delegates and President to represent our Local:


(Subject to change due to COVID)


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