A new video from More Perfect Union highlights the challenges that workers at Verizon Wireless stores in Everett and Lynnwood, WA, are facing in the workplace and why they are forming a union with CWA to address them.
The workers, members of the Tower Climbers Union/CWA, are the first group of tower climbers in the United States who have filed for formal union representation.
“We are forty-five minutes or so down the road from the fifth largest metropolitan area in the country and we have very poor broadband,” said Democratic Congressman Tom O'Halleran, speaking to the more than 30 attendees who were enthusiastic about the event and the prospects of broadband expansion in the state. He added, “People in rural America need to be part of the knowledge-based economy.”
Representatives from CWA and IBEW testified in support of the MNPUC’s continued monitoring of Frontier’s investment plans. Frontier recently announced that it would reduce the number of technicians who perform installation and repair functions for customers.
CWA’s comments offered an updated analysis of the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, which closed in April 2020, as an example of consolidation that allowed the combined company to degrade customer service while eliminating jobs.
Employed across two Verizon stores in Everett and Lynnwood, WA, these workers are going up against labor laws that favor employers and aggressive anti-union tactics by the company.
CWA Local 1118 joined NYS Senator Sean Ryan and Assemblymembers Nily Rozic and Amy Paulin on the steps of the New York Capitol in Albany to call for strong labor standards attached to publicly funded broadband projects.
"We cannot cut a blank check and trust the work will get done efficiently. It is on the state to make sure that the significant public funding proposed in the FY2023 budget comes with the right protections attached to ensure high-quality networks to deliver high-speed, reliable broadband, and good jobs in the industry,” said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor.
Workers become first unionized Google Fiber workers and the first recognized bargaining unit of AWU-CWA since union’s 2021 launch.
Workers at DISH Network (CWA Local 6171) ratified their first contract after a decade-long organizing and bargaining battle, becoming the first group of workers in the country to successfully negotiate a contract at DISH.