CWA Fights Outrageous Layoffs at AT&T

CWA is fighting AT&T’s proposed layoff of more than a thousand workers, a betrayal of the company’s promise to create thousands of good, middle class jobs.

Since AT&T announced plans just before Christmas to lay off technicians and customer service representatives in every district, CWA has been working on several fronts to block this action.

A recent series of round-the-clock discussions with the company delayed the effective date of the earliest layoffs to this week. We have been able to stop some layoffs in District 6, but so far haven’t been able to completely stop this surplus.

AT&T has put forward a proposal to cut thousands of work hours from employees’ schedules, while continuing to contract out work and send good jobs overseas. The contracting out of this work and AT&T’s offshoring of good jobs is the real issue. AT&T must stop hiring contractors to do the same work that employees are qualified and trained to do.

CWA members are frustrated, especially in light of AT&T’s statements and pledge to invest at least $1 billion and create at least 7,000 good, middle class jobs, as CEO Randall Stephenson promised last year. CWA will continue to fight back against these job cuts and to demand that contracted work be performed by AT&T employees.

CWA District 6 filed a federal lawsuit and National Labor Relations Board charges asserting that the company is violating the AT&T Southwest collective bargaining agreement by laying off workers while at the same time using contract employees to do work that CWA members are trained and qualified to perform.

CWA District 4 disputed the company’s convoluted surplus process and is working to keep as many workers on payroll as possible.

Other districts where AT&T is proposing to lay off workers later this month and in February and March have filed executive grievances challenging the layoffs and the company’s use of contractors. CWA will pursue every possible avenue and take whatever action is necessary to stop these layoffs and keep good middle class jobs in our communities.

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CWA Families: Apply for 2018-2019 Union Scholarships

Union Plus Scholarship

Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. This scholarship program is available for union members and their children. The deadline to apply for the 2018 Union Plus Scholarship is January 31.

Learn more here.


Beirne Foundation Scholarship

The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation will award 16 partial college scholarships of $4,000 each for two years for the 2018-2019 academic year. Eligible for the scholarships are CWA members, their spouses, children, and grandchildren, including the dependents of retired, laid-off, or deceased members. Applications are available only online at the Foundation’s website. The final deadline for the 2018-2019 school year is April 30, 2018.


IUE-CWA Scholarship

IUE-CWA applications for 2018-2019 scholarships will be accepted online through midnight March 31, 2018. (EST). Find out more and apply here.


District 2-13 Scholarship

The District 2-13 2018-2019 Maisano Scholarship applications are now open. Submit your application by March 31, 2018. Apply here.

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Are you wondering what class you would like to take for the New Year? Are you interested in learning some Basic Microsoft Office skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint? Then, we have created the class for you!


Name of the Class: Microsoft Office Trilogy Basic
Dates: January 23 – March 6, 2018
Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Union Hall 825 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502

Class number: 17-18001 (MSW)
Class cost is $1,200. If you are approved by Horizons, the cost of the class is covered! All materials, including computers will be provided for your use.

Provider information for Horizons application:
Ed Tech
10 Dubom Ct.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
PH: 615-376-5401
Fax 888-431-8588

Please contact our Education Chair Myesha Glover @ if you need any assistance or have questions. RSVP to Angie at 818-845-9003.

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A tentative agreement was reached between CWA and AT&T covering over 21,000 wireless workers in 36 states.  This agreement includes a 10.1 % raise over 4 years and job security protections in the event a retail store or call center closes.

Ballots for CWA 9003 members were mailed out on Friday, December 22.   ALL BALLOTS MUST BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN January 12, 2018 in order to be counted.

If you have NOT received or do not have a ballot, please contact the Local immediately to request a duplicate. Call 818-845-9003.

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The 2018 Union Plus Scholarship — Start Your Application Today!

Last year, 106 union members, their spouses and dependent children were awarded $150,000 in Union Plus Scholarship, ranging from $500 to $4,000,

The Union Plus Scholarship Program awards scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need and commitment to organized labor’s values. Union Plus Scholarship awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school or a recognized technical or trade school. 

The application deadline for the 2018 Union Plus Scholarship is January 31, 2018.

Register at the scholarship application site and start your online application today. You can return as many times as needed to complete your application, including the required essays and letter of recommendation section.

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9003’s Clothe a Child Event

A big Thank You to all of our volunteers who came out to support 9003’s 2017 Clothe a Child event!


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