News & Events

July 21, 2016 — News

Press Release: It’s Time for AT&T to End its Demands for Health Care Cuts at Mobility

CWA’s AT&T Mobility bargaining team is working to negotiate a new national bargained benefit plan covering 45,000 AT&T Mobility workers.

July 13, 2016 — News

Members at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo vote 96% "YES" to strike!

In an amazing show of unity, CWA Local 1133 members at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, NY just voted 96% YES in a strike vote.

July 8, 2016 — News

CWA Endorsements - New York State

CWA endorsed candidates in New York State.

June 29, 2016 — News

New York State Primary Wins

Zephyr Teachout wins in 19th Congressional District | Rep. Nydia Velazquez and Rep. Jerrold Nadler win reelection.

June 17, 2016 — News

CWA Members Overwhelmingly Approve Verizon Contracts

Verizon workers along the East Coast overwhelmingly voted to ratify new contracts that were negotiated following a historic 45-day strike by nearly 40,000 workers.

June 15, 2016 — News

Safe Staffing Passes NYS Assembly

Thanks to the hard work of CWAers and allies - making calls, lobbying, and door-knocking - the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act passed the New York State Assembly.

June 11, 2016 — News

CWA/AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Bargaining

The CWA Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce we have reached a Tentative Agreement with AT&T Mobility on a four-year National Bargained Benefit Plan.

June 6, 2016 — News

Patient Safety Can't Wait. Pass Safe Staffing Now.

The safety of patients and nursing home residents in New York State depends on passing safe staffing now. 

June 1, 2016 — News

2016 CWA/USW Health, Safety and Environment Conference

The 2016 CWA/USW Health, Safety and Environment Conference (HSE) will be held September 12-16, at the Westin Convention Center and Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference is designed for participation by local union occupational health and safety activists.

June 1, 2016 — News

Listen to the Verizon NY/NE Contract Explanation Call

CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor discusses the successful strike at Verizon and Verizon Wireless and reviews the CWA District 1 Verizon and Verizon Wireless New York/New England Tentative Agreement.

May 31, 2016 — News

Summary of Tentative Agreement: Verizon Wireless Technicians

Read the summary of Tentative Agreement for Verizon Wireless Technicians

May 31, 2016 — News

Summary of Tentative Agreement: Verizon Wireless Retail

Read the summary of the tentative agreement for Verizon Wireless Retail.

May 30, 2016 — News

Final NE/NY Verizon Bargaining Report

The unity and determination of our members for 6 ½ weeks on the street—in the great tradition of 1971 and 1989—proved that management was wrong. Our members stood up and fought back, and turned back virtually every concession that remained on the table when we went on strike on April 13th.

May 27, 2016 — News

Victory for Verizon and Verizon Wireless Workers!

Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who have been on strike since April 13 are celebrating big gains after coming to an agreement in principle with the company. After 45 days of the largest strike in recent history, striking CWA members have achieved our major goals of improving working families’ standard of living, creating good union jobs in our communities and achieving a first contract for wireless retail store workers.

May 27, 2016 — News

U.S. LABOR SECRETARY THOMAS PEREZ ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE ON A NEW CONTRACT FOR VERIZON WORKERS

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing labor dispute at Verizon.

May 17, 2016 — News

Statement of US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on the Verizon Strike

May 17, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a statement on the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers.

May 15, 2016 — News

Statement of US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on the Verizon Strike

Read US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez's statement on the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers

May 13, 2016 — News

CWAers Confronted by Armed Verizon Security and Swat Team in the Philippines

Over the course of a four-day visit to the Philippines this week, four representatives of Communications Workers of America who are on strike discovered that the extent to which Verizon is offshoring work is far beyond what has previously been reported and what the company publicly has claimed. Verizon is offshoring customer service calls to numerous call centers in the Philippines, where workers are paid just $1.78 an hour and forced to work overtime without compensation.

May 10, 2016 — News

CWAers Tell Legislators in Albany: Safe Staffing Can't Wait!

CWA members from Locals 1168 and 1133 were joined by our sisters and brothers from NYSNA, NYSUT, PEF, 1199SEIU, and the NY State Wide Senior Action Council to tell Albany legislators: Patient safety can't wait and urge them to pass the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act this session.

May 7, 2016 — News

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report # 54

Following our meeting with Verizon on Monday, the CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company in off record discussions over call sharing, The union committee continued to meet throughout the week to discuss our next steps.

May 3, 2016 — News

Verizon Shareholders to Vote for Change of Course as Investor and Customer Concerns Grow

Days before Verizon?s annual shareholder meeting, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) announced today that Verizon workers, who also hold an estimated $1.3 billion in the company?s stock, will vote for a series of shareholder proposals to improve the company?s corporate governance. Verizon workers, who have been on strike since April 13, are saying the company?s short-sighted decision-making is hurting Verizon?s shareholders, customers and long-term viability.

May 2, 2016 — News

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report # 53

Your Bargaining Team met with the company in Rye this afternoon for approximately 2 1/2 hours. We made some compromise proposals in a number of areas, designed to kick-start the bargaining process. One of these proposals included a plan that would give the company greater flexibility in routing customer service calls, while at the same time limiting the amount of contracting out of that work overall.

April 28, 2016 — News

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report # 52

Today, Verizon presented what it described as its ?last, best, and final offer? to your bargaining teams in Philadelphia and Westchester. Unfortunately, their ?last and best? was little more than the ?same old bullshit.?

April 26, 2016 — News

VERIZON STRIKE: Continuing Medical Coverage While on Strike

There have been many questions raised related to continuing medical coverage during the strike. Here are some facts that will help answer those questions.