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CWA wireless workers and tower climbers build power at annual conference

Close to 250 CWA members from across the union gathered for the CWA Wireless Workers Conference, held in person for the first time in four years in Providence, RI. CWA members participated in workshops and plenary sessions, shared ideas and strategized for the future, held solidarity actions, and heard from CWA leaders, elected officials, and other guest speakers.

Speaking to participants about the need for our union to adapt to the ever-changing industry, CWA President Chris Shelton said, “Since the early days of wireless, we have been at the forefront of organizing, representing, and fighting for workers to build a stronger, more powerful union.” He referenced the growing group of workers in the wireless industry who are taking collective action and joining CWA, including tower climbers, who for the first time ever participated in the conference. “By forming a union with CWA, tower climbers are beating the odds, just like they beat the odds each time they go out on a job and return home safely,” said Shelton. He also emphasized the need to consistently mobilize to win strong contracts that improve standards for all workers.

Attendees marched alongside CWA Local 1101 members at IGT, a company that services slot machines, who are fighting for a fair contract. Throughout the conference, members recorded short videos to tell their stories about building power in their workplaces.


CWA wireless workers build power at annual conference (CWA, April 27, 2023)