T Marisa Mike-0815At the September Membership meeting, President T Santora announced that he was stepping down after achieving 40 years of membership. His resignation was effective on October 1.

Executive Vice President Marisa Remski assumed the role of President in accordance with the CWA Constitution and CWA 9003 Bylaws. Her nominee to take her place as EVP is Mike Frost, long time Vice President. Taking Mike’s spot as VP is Kate Harden, senior Verizon Executive Board Member. Both nominations were approved by the Executive Board and those present at the September membership meeting.

Santora leaves a legacy of more than 30 years continuous service to CWA as a Local Officer and CWA Staff Representative. He began his career in 1975 when he was hired by GTE in Santa Monica. In addition to serving as Local President for Locals 9574, 9000 and 9003, T worked for the National union for 12 years in San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, DC. He will continue his role as Political Director of the CWA Southern California Council.

Marisa has years of experience in a variety of roles in the union. She was recently elected to her second term as a member of the AT&T West bargaining commitee by her peers across the District.

A Retirement Celebration for T will be held on November 7. For more information about the event, please contact the Local office at 818-845-9003.

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CNS Members Reject Tentative Agreement

unlikeRatification/Strike vote ballots were counted earlier today for City News Service and the members overwhelmingly voted to REJECT the tentative proposal.  The bargaining team will now request that management get back to the bargaining table immediately with a fair and reasonable proposal.


The bargaining committee wishes to thank the members for standing up and letting the Company know that we will not settle for less!  CNS has been dragging its feet for months pointing to news industry trends but providing scant details to justify their unfair refusal to negotiate fairly.


As negotiations resume, we will keep you posted on our progress.

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CWA Signs Historic Agreement With Frontier

FrontierAfter intense negotiations with Frontier Communications (FTR), representatives from CWA District 9 and FTR signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The resulting MOU calls for recognition of CWA as the exclusive bargaining agent for former Verizon West employees in California.  A similar agreement was reached with CWA District 6 for the Verizon West properties in Texas and Missouri which are also part of the purchase agreement between FTR and Verizon.  Verizon West employees in Florida, also part of the deal are represented by the Int’l. Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

CWA agreed to support FTR’s acquisition of Verizon with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in exchange for significant job security measures, an extension of the current contract for an addition two years, wage increases for each year, and more.

The full details of the MOU are now available following the release of a joint press announcement.  Questions regarding the agreement should be directed to your Stewards, Area Stewards and Local officers.

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ULTCW Becomes SEIU 2015

The United Long Term Care Workers (SEIU 6434) was given the green light by it’s parent organization, the Service Employees International Union, to transform into Local 2015.  The new Local will consolidate virtually all SEIU homecare workers in California under one roof.

SEIU 2015The move has been discussed for years as a means to accomplish SEIU’s goal of building larger, more powerful Local’s across the country that are focused on a specific industry.  This consolidation involves all of ULTCW’s members along with homecare members from SEIU UHW (United Healthcare Workers-West), SEIU 521 and a large portion of CUHW (California United Homecare Workers).  This will make SEIU 2015 the largest homecare worker Local in the country.

CWA 9003 represents the professional Staff at ULTCW and CUHW; CWA 9423 represents the Staff of SEIU 521.  UHW Staff are resented by an independent union. SEIU approached CWA 9003 to negotiate a successor agreement to transition the contract for the new Local 2015.

Along with a new recognition agreement, the parties negotiated a few new titles requiring a revision to new wage scales that better reflect the work and size of the new organization.  In addition, a general wage increase scheduled for October was moved up to commence with the transition to the new Local 2015 effective August 3.

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