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May 22, 2020

MAYOR DE BLASIO CALLS FOR LINE OF DUTY DEATH BENEFITS FOR CITY EMPLOYEES WHO DIE OF COVID-19

CWA District One applauds Mayor deBlasio's proposal to ensure that the deaths of any city worker from Covid-19 be classified as "line of duty" deaths, entitling their survivors to death benefits and pensions.

May 20, 2020

AFL-CIO petition filed in the DC circuit to compel OSHA to issue an emergency temporary standard to protect workers

On Monday, May 18th, the AFL-CIO filed a petition in the DC circuit to compel OSHA to issue an emergency temporary standard to protect workers. Please see media coverage below. Since then, the Court accepted the petition.

May 11, 2020

Connecticut CWAers Pitch In for Their Community

Great work last week by CWA Local 1298 Chief steward Maurice Shugrue III and members in Waterbury along with Frontier management to collect non-perishable food items to donate to the Waterbury Salvation Army.

May 11, 2020

New Jersey Members Join Tele-Town Hall Call with Governor Murphy

During the COVID-19 crisis, our entire union is mobilized to protect the safety of our members, protect our jobs and healthcare and protects public services. Our focus over the past several weeks has been on getting as many members home and safe as possible, and on keeping essential workers safe. It has been a great challenge, but Shop Stewards, Local Officers, and staff have been working round-the-clock to make sure CWA members are kept informed.

May 11, 2020

N​ew Jersey CWA Members Putting in Heroic Effort to Process Record Jobless Claims

In the face of Covid-19 finding so many New Jersey workers in tough economic times and ​without income or jobs, CWA members at the New Jersey Department of Labor (DOL) have been working tirelessly to process a record number of unemployment claims.​

May 5, 2020

STAY IN CONTACT

As working conditions change rapidly, we want to make sure CWA is able to communicate with you as needed. Please make sure that we have the most up to date contact info on file by filling out this form.

May 5, 2020

YOUR VOICE COUNTS - HELP SHAPE THE NEXT TEN YEARS

The 2020 Census has begun and we need to make sure each and every person gets counted!​​

May 5, 2020

NEW YORK LEGISLATIVE POLITICAL ACTION TEAM TRANSITIONS TO REMOTE TRAINING

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and constantly changing conditions for workers and all of our locals, the New York Legislative Political Action Team (LPAT) has not missed a beat in making the transition from in-person trainings and legislative work to virtual.

May 5, 2020

#THANKFULTHURSDAYS

Life has been turned upside down for workers everywhere, with many struggling to find the new normal in a constantly changing reality. With that in mind, the CWA New Jersey Facebook Page recently launched a series dubbed Thankful Thursdays to provide a short mid-day Thursday break led by Faith Leaders discussing messages of encouragement and ways to take action to keep our communities strong throughout this unprecedented time.

May 5, 2020

CREATING NEW WAYS TO FIGHT FOR LEGISLATION TO PROTECT WORKERS

With the ongoing pandemic making it impossible to hold in-person phonebanks or circulate traditional paper petitions, CWAers are using new models of communication to make our voices heard and continuing to advocate for vital pieces of legislation to protect workers.

May 5, 2020

“WE ARE ESSENTIAL” TOWN HALL

CWA Local 1133’s Kevonna Neely, an EKG Tech and Certified Nursing Assistant, joined CWA’s “We Are Essential” Town Hall Call last Friday to speak with Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, CWA President Chris Shelton, Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens, and several other CWA members and essential workers.

April 9, 2020

CWA Mourns the Loss of Richard Brodsky

CWA District One is mourning the loss of our great friend and ally, former Assemblymember Richard Brodsky, who died suddenly on Wednesday morning, apparently from complications of the Covid-19 virus.  His death has left all who knew him deeply shocked and saddened.

April 6, 2020

“We need masks to save lives:” Healthcare Workers Call on President Trump to Use Defense Production Act to the Fullest for all PPE

Frontline Workers Not Adequately Prepared for the Surge We are Experiencing and the Expected Peak Over the Next Month

March 31, 2020

Hear from Workers on the Frontlines of the COVID19 Crisis: Karin

Karin is a Registered Nurse on the front lines of care in New York in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. She, like thousands of other frontline workers around the country, is dangerously low on protective equipment. Click here to hear her story.

March 31, 2020

Hear from Workers on the Frontlines of the COVID19 Crisis: Jennifer

Jennifer is a Certified Medical Assistant on the front lines of care in New York in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. She, like thousands of other frontline workers around the country, is dangerously low on protective equipment. Click here to hear her story.

March 31, 2020

Hear from Workers on the Frontlines of the COVID19 Crisis: Sarah

Sarah is a Registered Nurse on the front lines of care in New York in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. She, like thousands of other frontline workers around the country, is dangerously low on protective equipment. Click here to hear her story.

March 31, 2020

Hear from Workers on the Frontlines of the COVID19 Crisis: Jack

Jack is a Registered Nurse on the front lines of care in New York in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. He, like thousands of other frontline workers around the country, is dangerously low on protective equipment. Click here to hear his story.

March 31, 2020

Hear from Workers on the Frontlines of the COVID19 Crisis: Lavita

Lavita is a Registered Nurse on the front lines of care in New York in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. She, like thousands of other frontline workers around the country, is dangerously low on protective equipment. Click here to hear her story.

March 28, 2020

Labor Urges Governor, Legislative Leaders to Consider Tax Increases on Wealthy as Budget Negotiations Continue

A group of eight unions and the state AFL-CIO, representing over 2.5 million workers, sent a letter urging Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins to raise taxes on the wealthy as they seek to finalize New York’s budget.

March 24, 2020

CWA, Verizon Agree on Critical Leave and Pay Policies to Protect Workers Safety in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

While companies are grappling with how to deal with COVID-19’s enormous impact on their businesses, and the government struggles to implement appropriate policies to protect the workforce, Verizon and the Communications Workers of America, which represents about 27,000 of the company’s 135,00 workers, worked swiftly earlier this week to agree on critical leave and sick pay policies that will be extended to the company’s entire workforce.

March 10, 2020

Labor Committee votes to protect call center jobs in Connecticut

The Communication Workers of America issued the following statement in response to the Labor Committee vote today to pass H.B. 5273, a bill that seeks to place limits on call center off-shoring in Connecticut. The bill passed with nine Democrats and X Republicans voting in favor.

March 4, 2020

CWA Applauds Senate Higher Ed Committee for Its Push to Exempt Graduate Student Employees from Pay-to-Work Scheme

The following statement is in response to the New York State Senate Higher Education Committee’s vote to pass S. 3916C.

March 2, 2020

CWA BACKS ENGEL FOR CONGRESS

With major worker issues on the line on the national level, the Communications Workers of America, District 1, announced their endorsement today for Eliot Engel for Congress in New York’s 17th District, citing his strong union background and consistent track record of backing workers and fighting against corporate powers.

February 28, 2020

CWA BACKS CAMPAIGNS OF FIVE NYS SENATE CANDIDATES COMMITTED TO FIGHTING FOR WORKERS

As attacks on unions and working people have ramped up over the last several years, the need to maintain a strong, pro-worker majority in the New York State Legislature is more urgent than ever before.