Posts Tagged ‘CWA’

Verizon workers stand together for a fair contract

With Verizon refusing to budge from their hardline, Wisconsin-style contract proposal, 45,000 company employees went on strike on Sunday. As we detailed last week, despite huge profits Verizon is looking to squeeze its workers with drastic cuts to pay and benefits.  As part of its plan to get its way, the company has cancelled the last three negotiating sessions. Read more »


Verizon Workers Rally for a Fair Deal

This weekend over 15,000 Verizon employees rallied outside the company’s corporate headquarters in New York City. The current contract between Verizon and over 40,000 of its wireline division employees, who are represented by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), expires this Sunday, August 7th. Although Verizon has raked in billions in profits over the last four years-enough to pay CEO Ivan Seidenberg over $80 million-the telecommunications giant is looking to squeeze its workers with drastic cuts to pay and benefits. Read more »


Victory for T-Mobile Workers in Connecticut

This week, T-Mobile technicians in Connecticut voted to form a union with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). While we’re always excited when workers gain the protections and benefits of union membership, it’s especially gratifying to see at T-Mobile, where management has been especially hostile to workers’ rights. In fact, the switchboard operators based in Simsbury, CT, are the first T-Mobile employees in the United States to form a union. Read more »


Xerox: Do you copy?

Last week, Forbes named Xerox CEO Ursula Burns one of the most powerful women in the world. But what the magazine failed to mention is that her company is doing everything it can to keep unions out of the workplace.

In addition to making photocopiers, Xerox also runs the call centers for E-ZPass, the automatic tollbooth system in New York state. And when E-ZPass workers in Staten Island, NY voted to join the Communications Workers of America, Xerox retaliated by telling 19 employees that they had to transfer or leave the company. Read more »


Fighting for a voice at El Vocero

Newspapers are supposed to report the news, not be in the news. But Puerto Rico’s Spanish-language newspaper El Vocero made headlines last week when Michael A. Rosas, an administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), found the paper guilty of firing 107 employees in an extreme act of unionbusting.

The owners of the paper said that the paper’s growing debts and a shrinking readership brought about the lay-offs. In reality, the company’s income rose in 2009. Read more »