Art Play Night

The Education Committee is putting together another Art Play Night right here at the Local hall on Friday, June 10.  Doors open at 7:30pm & painting begins promptly at 8pm.

A professional art instructor will guide participants in painting their own interpretation of a selected piece.

 It will be a fun-filled night.

Paint nite-2015Please download the Art Play event flyer for sharing at your workplace or with friends.

Tickets are being sold for $20 per person on a 1st come, 1st served basis due to limited seating.  So, get your tickets now!  Ask your steward about tickets or call the Local office at 818-845-9003 for more information.

You may also contact Education Committee Chair Myesha Glover directly for assistance.  We hope you can join us.

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Strike Preparation Packet

Are you readyPrior to every round of bargaining, CWA 9003 prepares and distributes a “Strike Preparation Packet” for each member impacted by the upcoming round of negotiations.  These packets are distributed at Membership Meetings, by Stewards, and by designated Picket Captains.

Inevitably, some members are missed or fail to return the necessary information to the Local Secretary Treasurer. However, in order to ensure that in the event of a strike, every eligible member receives the appropriate strike benefits from the CWA Members Relief Fund, we must have this information on hand.

If you have not yet received a Strike Preparation Packet, please download a copy here, print it out, fill out the appropriate sections, and return it to Secretary Treasurer Pandy Allen promptly.

Please don’t wait until a strike is called to complete these forms!

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VERIZON EAST BARGAINING UPDATE

Four Hours of Pay to Fight for Fairness

StandUpDefeat Corporate Greed by helping our CWA and IBEW brothers and sisters of Verizon East. 39,000 members have been on strike for 5 weeks and need our support.

Their Fight Is Our Fight and Our Fight is Their Fight.

CWA and IBEW Members are fighting for all Labor Unions in this Country. Corporate America is watching. If Verizon beats us back, the tone will be set for the rest of us. We have to fight!

The CWA relief fund pays strikers $200.00 a week. It helps but does not go a long way. District 9 is asking all workers in All Sectors to donate Four Hours of Pay to Fight for Fairness to the website below.

Standuptoverizon.com/solidarity

Donations to the Verizon Striking Families Solidarity Fund will be used exclusively to assist striking families with special needs who are facing very difficult financial circumstances. Being on strike is a hardship for every family. Checks should be made out to:

Verizon Striking Families Solidarity Fund and mailed to Strikers Solidarity Fund, 501 Third St NW, Washington DC 20001.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR AT&T MEMBERS: Your AT&T Bargaining team is asking all of our AT&T Sisters and Brothers to donate Four Hours of Pay for Fairness, each month if you can, to assist the striking families until the strike is over or until we go on strike ourselves. Pay it forward!

Verizon East CWA members are fighting back similar issues as we are here in District 9: VZ wants to- Gut Job Security- Contract Out more work- Freeze Pensions at 30 Years of Service- Shut Down Our Call Centers and offshore the work to Mexico and the Philippines. If the Unions don’t accept those terms, Verizon will require Technicians to work away from home for as long as two months at a time, anywhere within the Verizon footprint, without seeing their families.

Verizon has also refused to negotiate any improvements in wages, benefits or working conditions for Verizon Wireless Retail Workers who formed a union in 2014.

Verizon made $39 billion in profits over the last three years and $1.8 billion a month in profits over the first three months of 2016. This is a prime example of Corporate Greed- devastating the jobs of the workers who built Verizon and destroying the families!

Stand Up and Fight For Fairness

Adopt a Verizon Wireless Store and take part in the Job Actions!

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More BernBanks!

More phone banks for Bernie Sanders will be held in Burbank. Please join the Revolution!

CWA 9003 – May 19 from 6:00p – 8:30p.

NABET-CWA Local 53 – May 25 from 6:00p to 8:30p.

Last chance phone banks before the June 7 Primary will be at two locations on June 2. Please join whichever is most convenient for you from 6p – 8:30p:

CWA 9003 – BernBanks in Burbank
825 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA
818-845-9003

CWA 9505 – Berning Down The House
724 Huntington Dr., Monrovia, CA
RSVP: Maya Austin 626-826-1142

 

Even if you can’t make it to one of these BernBanks, you can still participate. Contact the Local to find out how.

Bernie Sanders California rally

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2016 Primary Endorsements Announced

VoteCandidates for public office at all levels of government have sought out CWA’s endorsement.  This speaks volumes about the importance of union families to these candidates.

In order to determine recommendations for our members, we employ an extensive process that includes a background check on voting history, candidate questionnaires on issues important to CWA members specifically, and the Labor Movement in general; as well as face-to-face interviews with CWA Local representatives from around the state.

Click here for our RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE JUNE 7 PRIMARY.

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” – Pericles

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ATTN: SEIU 2015 STAFF UNION MEMBERS

OFFICIAL NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS

For CWA 9003 Bargaining Committee

CWA 9003

With the CWA 9003/SEIU 2015 Contract expiration in October of 2016, this notice is hereby given announcing nominations for the CWA 9003/SEIU 2015 Bargaining Committee.

The CWA 9003 Bargaining Committee will consist of 5 bargaining members: Janine Munson – CWA District 9 Staff Representative, Mike Frost – CWA 9003 Executive Vice President, Dekoler Allison – CWA 9003 Area Steward, the 2 remaining positions and 2 alternates will be determined by election.

If you wish to nominate someone, or self-nominate, please submit a letter to Local 9003 NO LATER THAN May 25, 2016. The letter should contain the name, address, personal contact information, along with personal e-mail address and cell phone number. Be sure to include the mailing address of the nominee. Letters may be mailed to:

CWA/SEIU Bargaining Committee Election
825 So. Victory Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

Election of Bargaining Committee Members shall be by secret ballot cast during the month of June, 2016. Ballots shall be mailed to each member’s last known home address.

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Striking Verizon Workers Need Your Help

StandUp

This is urgent. 40,000 Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers were just forced to go on strike to protect their jobs.

After ten months trying to reach a fair contract, workers walked off the job at 6 a.m. today.

Click here to sign the petition to support striking workers.

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Verizon workers are standing together to make sure the needs of working families are met, instead of standing by as a handful of individuals get richer and richer.

They’re standing together because Verizon has fired, threatened, and intimidated working people at Verizon Wireless who are trying to create a better future for themselves and their families.

They’re standing together because they want to earn a living in their own communities instead of moving away from their homes and families for months at a time. They want good jobs to stay in the United States, not be sent overseas.

They’re standing together to make sure that working people at Verizon can not just make a good living, but have a good life.

Please take action and stand with striking workers. Click here to sign the petition.

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AT&T-WEST BARGAINING

CWA District 9 and AT&T-West are currently bargaining for a new contract.  Bargaining Bulletins are being posted on the CWA 9003 Facebook page as well as the CWA District 9 webpage.  You may also call the Local Hotline at 818-753-6966 for updates on bargaining and mobilization activities.

FullSizeRender (003)Bargaining is not a spectator sport.  Our bargaining team are very good at what they do, but they need our support.  That’s what we refer to as Mobilization.  Each CWA Local representing AT&T-West members is now engaging in activities to build our strength and increase the leverage our bargainers have at the negotiating table.

Want to be a part of the CWA 9003 Mobilization Team? Contact our Mobilization Chair Pamm Bell for more information or ask your Steward how you can help.

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CWA PRESS RELEASE

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For release April 10, 2016, 12:01 a.m.
Contact: Ameenah Salaam, CWA District 9, 916-716-2357

Contract Expires at AT&T West

Workers Will Stay on the Job and Continue the Fight for a Fair Contract  

Sacramento, CA  – The 15,000 workers at AT&T West, members of the Communications Workers of America, will work without a contract as their collective bargaining agreement expired at midnight.

“We’re going to continue fighting for a fair contract while we stay on the job,” said CWA District 9 Vice President Tom Runnion. “For weeks we have called on AT&T West to get serious about bargaining and negotiate a fair agreement for its workers.  Our members showed their determination to achieve a fair contract with over 95% voting to authorize a strike if necessary.  That remains an option,” Runnion said.

Negotiations cover workers at AT&T West in California and Nevada.  AT&T is a very profitable company and its $49 billion purchase of DirecTV closed last July.  However, in bargaining for the workers who have helped make it successful, AT&T is demanding outrageous concessions.

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What It Means to Work Without a Contract

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