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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PUC Begins Hearings on Frontier Acquisition of Verizon

 

THE PUC NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Speak UpThe Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has begun holding public hearings on the proposed acquisition of Verizon-West by Frontier Communications.

CWA has intervened in the formal review process in order to:

  • PROTECT OUR JOBS
  • ENSURE QUALITY SERVICE
  • REQUIRE INVESTMENT IN THE NETWORK

Please join us at one of the following Southern California hearing locations:

August 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Long Beach Airport Marriott-Salon A & B
4700 Airport Plaza Drive
Long Beach, CA 90815
 
August 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm
County Administration Building-  Board Hearing Room – 4th Floor
105 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

WEAR YOUR CWA or A RED SHIRT

For More Information Contact CWA 9003 Vice President Mike Frost or

call 818-845-9003 x 210

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Tom Runnion Elected New D9 Vice President

President Santora with D9 VP Tom Runnion

President Santora with D9 VP Tom Runnion

At the 75th CWA Convention, new officers were elected including Tom Runnion as District 9 Vice President.  Tom has extensive experience in all aspects of the union including being the chief negotiator for the last two rounds of bargaining with AT&T-West.

CWA 9003 delegates to the convention unanimously supported Tom and we are delighted that he will lead our District for the next 4 years.

Other new National officers include President Chris Shelton (formerly D1 VP), Secretary Treasurer Sara Steffans (formerly D9 Staff) and Telecom & Technologies Vice President Lisa Bolton (formerly CWA 7777 President).  Also elected as our Regional Diversity Executive Board Member was Frank Arce, EVP of CWA 9400.  Congratulations to all.

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President T Santora Honored By City of LA

Councilman Koretz presenting T with his resolution. CWA 9003 Executive Board and Committee Chairs joined in.

Councilman Koretz presenting T with his resolution. CWA 9003 Executive Board and Committee Chairs joined in.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Paul Koretz honored T for his 30 years of continuous service as an elected Local officer and CWA Staff Representative on April 21.

Councilman Koretz read and presented the resolution signed by the Mayor and the entire City Council.  In his remarks, Koretz noted that T was already actively involved as a CWA political activist when he began his career in politics 30 years ago.  “I can’t remember a time in my career when T wasn’t there.”  Before election to the LA City Council, Koretz served as the Labor Committee Chairman for the California State Assembly.

T thanked the Council saying, “As electeds, we know nothing is accomplished alone.  This is not about me.  It’s about the work. So I thank you for honoring my work along with that of my amazing colleagues, some of whom are here with me today, and the thousands of Communications Workers of America who live and work in our beautiful city.”City Hall - 7 resolution

The lengthy resolution concludes with, “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Los Angeles City Council salutes and celebrates T SANTORA and that the City of Los Angeles thanks him for thirty years of utmost humanity, exemplary leadership and stellar service.  Through steadfast ways and caring deeds, T Santora has made the City of Los Angeles and this nation better places in which to work and live.”

Congratulations T!

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