TPP Protest in LA

TPP rally-9003-2-020516CWA 9003 activists including Darrin Thompson, Myesha Glover and Mark Morris led the charge against advancing the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) trade pact. aka: NAFTA on steroids.

TPP rally-9003-1-020516TPP rally-9003-3-020516While partner nations gathered to sign the agreement, it cannot take effect until or unless the US Congress votes to approve it. That battle is looming and becoming more contentious as virtually every candidate running for President opposes it.

A big thank you to our team for standing up against the TPP!

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The transition to Frontier is due on April 1, 2016 and a lot is happening. Frontier has announced it plans to make the transition in what they are calling a “Flash Cut”, meaning they intend to move immediately to their new systems and management structure. Here a two important notices:

NEW FRONTIER JOBS are available to “internal candidates” only. If external applications are received they will NOT be considered. The completed applications will be directed to CWA District 9.

Click on the link below to be directed to the District 9’s FRONTIER JOB BID REQUEST website page.

FRONTIER TOWN HALL MEETINGS have been scheduled for employees to hear from and direct questions to Frontier CEO Dan McCarthy and his California management team.

In a message to employees, McCarthy wrote, “On behalf of Frontier’s entire leadership team, I am thrilled you will soon be a part of the Frontier family. I’d like to invite you to join me, my leadership team and region leadership, at a town hall meeting in your area. We are eager to meet you and tell you more about who we are, why we are excited for you to join us and how we plan to learn and grow our business and become better together.”

Date: Tuesday, February 9th
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Hilton DoubleTree Ontario Airport
222 N. Vineyard Avenue, Ontario, CA 91764
Registration Required at:

Date: Thursday, February 11th
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Long Beach Marriott
4700 Airport Plaza Drive
Long Beach, CA 90815
Registration Required at:

Refreshments and light snacks will be provided!

For those who are unable to attend either session, Frontier will post a video recording in the coming weeks on the Verizon West Region Transition microsite:

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Next up in the AT&T rounds of bargaining are those between CWA District 9 and AT&T-West.

The first “Pre-Bargaining” Bulletin #1 is available here.

Be Prepared BadgeFollowing the ratification of the AT&T-Southeast (formerly BellSouth) contract by District 3 members, all eyes are turning to the West Coast.  Bargaining preparations have been underway for several weeks.  Those include distributing and tallying bargaining surveys from across the District, bargaining training, and rebuilding a Mobilization structure in each Local.

Want to be a part of the CWA 9003 Mobilization Team? Contact our Mobilization Chair Pamm Bell for more information. Two training sessions are planned already.  Download the Training Flyer here or contact Pamm or your Steward to sign up.

Bargaining is NOT for bystanders!

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Each year, Local 9003 has a tradition where we take the children from Alexandria House (a transitional home) out for a day of fun and shopping! This year was no exception.

On Friday, December 18, we picked up the children and took them on a shopping spree, then out to lunch and some fun and games at Mountasia. After lunch, every child received a special gift courtesy of Santa Claus.

CWA Volunteers at Alexandria House

CWA Volunteers at Alexandria House

A huge Thank You to all of the volunteers for making this event such a success:

Pandy, Mike, Ken, Jeff, Myesha, Felicia, Kennede, Jourdyn, Janice, Shelia, Josh, Erika, Deno, Ryann, Jorge, Danny, Regina.

President Remski with Santa

President Remski with Santa

And of course, none of this would be possible if not for the generous contributions made to our annual fundraising raffle. Thanks and have a Happy New Year!

In Unity,

Marisa Remski
CWA 9003

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The Education Committee-sponsored Art Play Night at the Local hall on December 4, 2015.  It was not only successful and a whole lot of fun – it was completely sold out!

20151204_214710_resizedSee all the photos posted on our Facebook page.  But even better, don’t miss the next Art Play Night.

For more information about the next Art Play Night, contact Education Committee Chair Myesha Glover at

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Thanks To All CWA 9003 Vets

As we do each year on Veteran’s Day, we honor the men and women of CWA 9003 who have served our country in the U.S. armed forces.

Please join us in thanking them for their service.

Vets Honor Roll-2015

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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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