Workshop for CWA Retirees

Retiree NewsAll CWA 9003 retirees are invited to a free luncheon and workshop on Saturday, August 9. The luncheon starts at noon and will be held at the CWA 9003 hall located at 825 So. Victory Blvd. in Burbank.

The workshop will cover issues including the recent changes to retiree medical plans, dental care, and information regarding investments, social security, taxes, and more.

Guest speakers include Addie Brinkley, President of the CWA District 9 Retired Members Council (RMC); Ellen West, Area Director for CWA District 9; Anna Toro from Aesthetic Dentistry; and Allen McKell from Nettworth Financial Group.

There will be door prizes and an opportunity to catch up with former colleagues and current CWA 9003 officers. Space is limited, so please MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW!  Call 818-845-9003 or send an email to info@cwa9003.org.

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Connecting the Dots

It doesn’t matter what political party you’re affiliated with or are most sympathetic to, most of us agree that government isn’t working – at least not the way we’d like it to.

connecting the dotsJoin Us For An Evening Of History, Understanding & Conversation as we attempt to connect the dots.  On July 23rd at 6:30 p.m. the CWA 9003 Legislative & Political Committee is presenting an Activist & Awareness Workshop to explore our current political state.

It’s too easy to throw up our hands and give up.  The sad fact is, most Americans have done just that!  According to the Sacramento Bee, election night returns for the recent primary were that just 3.2 million or 18.3 percent of the state’s 17.7 million registered voters cast ballots.

“I’m going to be surprised if it doesn’t get to 20 or 23 percent,” Paul Mitchell, a political analyst for Political Data, Inc., predicted.  Reaching 23 percent would mean another 800,000 or so mail-in ballots would have to come in.  However, even if the total reaches 23%, that still would be 5% below the lowest statewide primary turnout ever recorded!  It’s outrageous.

There are many theories why it’s gotten so bad.  Join us to explore this question and find out how you can be part of the solution.

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The 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

64 civil rights act-thumbnailOn July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act.  Fifty years later, we still have much work to do as a nation with regard to race relations, but we also have much to celebrate.

The Act did not resolve all problems of discrimination. As we’ve seen over the last 50 years, Congress, the courts and state legislatures have both enhanced and undermined aspects of the Act in a wide variety of ways.  However, it opened the door to further progress by lessening racial restrictions on the use of public facilities, providing more job opportunities, strengthening voting laws, and limiting federal funding of discriminatory aid programs.

For a summary of the major features of the Act, visit the web page for our Committee on Civil Rights & Equity.

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NLRB Judge Tells AT&T To “Cut The Crap!”

Cut the Crap!In what is shaping up to be a landmark ruling from the National Labor Relations Board, the Administrative Law Judge who heard the charges filed by CWA against AT&T for what has come to be known as “The Sticker Wars”, issued a sweeping ruling on April 23, 2014 in favor of the union and it’s members, primarily Premises Technicians, who refused to remove “WTF”, “Cut The Crap”, and other union buttons during contract negotiations.

In his 52 page decision, Judge John J. McCarrick orders AT&T to cease and desist from threatening employees with discipline, attendance occurrences, or loss of pay for wearing union buttons or stickers. In addition, he orders AT&T to “make its employees whole for lost pay as a result of wearing union insignia”.

The Judge goes on to order employees who were refused work for wearing union buttons and stickers to be made whole for any loss of earnings and benefits, including interest. He also orders AT&T to rescind Sect. 13.3 of the Premises Technician Guidelines which prohibit the wearing of union buttons or other union insignia.

This is a huge win for workers’ rights to demonstrate union solidarity and engage in protected concerted activities. Although only those who the Company refused to dispatch will receive back pay under the order, the thousands of members who stood with them in protest and refused to cross picket lines were vindicated as well.

AT&T has decided to appeal the order to the full National Labor Relations Board.  However, from the beginning, we knew we were on solid ground.  The order painstakingly lays out the law and the violations AT&T committed.  We hope the Company will “rethink possible” and do the right thing to implement the order without further delay.

 

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