CWA celebrated the life and legacy of President Emeritus Morty Bahr at an event in Washington, D.C., on October 23rd.
Bahr, who passed away in July, started his career as a telegraph operator. He served as District 1 Vice President from 1969 to 1985 and led CWA for 20 years during some of the industry's most tumultuous times. His vision ensured that the union would continue as an advocate for working men and women long into the future, across communications, information technology, and other sectors.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer, whose mother-in-law was a CWA member, attended the event and paid tribute to his long, personal relationship with Bahr. "I always tried to do whatever I could for Morty. I would move heaven and earth for him, not just because he represented a great union that had helped my family so much, and not just because I believed in the union movement [...] because you knew when he asked you to do it, it was the right thing to do," Schumer said.