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Technician Brigade members will fight for local subcontractor transparency policies.
Arizona Corporation Commissioners questioned Frontier CEO Nick Jeffery on the unequal treatment of tribal workers amid the company's failure to meet its Arizona broadband deployment targets.
A new report issued by the AFL-CIO, its 30th annual Death on the Job Report, reveals that every day, on average, 275 U.S. workers die from hazardous working conditions. CWA Local 3808 member Eric Chapman, an AT&T worker in Nashville, spoke at an AFL-CIO press event about two CWA members from his local who recently died – deaths that the union believes could have been prevented.
AT&T and Frontier fought for nearly two years to prevent the public release of the report finding that they allowed their copper networks to deteriorate over the last decade.
The Connect America Fund Phase II auction awarded $505.7 million to CenturyLink to deploy broadband to 1.17 million homes and $283.4 million to Frontier to deploy broadband to 659,587 homes by December 31, 2020.
The fees cover Frontier’s general network expenses but are not included in advertised rates when a customer signs up for service.
CWA and the Minnesota Attorney General had urged the Minnesota PUC to impose deployment and investment conditions on Frontier.
In a letter to the FCC, the attorneys general detailed how Verizon's acquisition of TracFone could negatively impact the Lifeline program, which provides a subsidy for communications services to millions of low-income consumers.
"One call center closing can devastate an entire community," CWA Local 1298's Jim Case testified. "The core of this bill is simple: no state taxpayer money should be used for companies that ship our jobs out of the state."
Shelton recommended $80 billion in funding for broadband deployment and that Congress establish standards to create and protect good jobs, including making sure that workers are able to exercise their collective bargaining rights.
“CWA remains committed to working with Frontier to provide the best possible service to Connecticut customers and to ensure that Frontier lives up to both the letter and spirit of this decision,” said Dave Weidlich, CWA Local 1298 president.