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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.”
The extended agreements include annual wage and pension increases, keep healthcare cost share percentages at their current levels, and protect employment security.
There is currently a vacant seat on the FCC, and without a full commission it will be difficult to advance the policies necessary to expand affordable broadband service to the millions of American families left on the wrong side of the digital divide.
This is the first time management has attempted to cancel Christmas break for the workers who are organizing to build power and join their AT&T IHX colleagues in other areas in forming a union with CWA.
The CWA Broadband Brigade and local activists have been mobilizing to ensure states eligible to receive federal funding Build Broadband Better by creating good union jobs and closing the digital divide.
“The team at Tower Safety is setting an example for workers across the industry who deserve dignity, respect, and safety,” said CWA President Chris Shelton. “For far too long, cell phone tower climbers have been taken advantage of by the big telecom companies who avoid responsibility by subcontracting the work.”
Connecticut workers, along with Frontier workers in New York and California, are currently bargaining with Frontier for increased wages, good benefits, affordable healthcare, and more.
Rosenworcel is an experienced leader with a proven track record of prioritizing the needs and concerns of the people who are most affected by the FCC’s decisions -- teachers and students, health care workers and patients, first responders and small businesses, and tens of thousands of telecom and media workers, including CWA members.
The winners can use the 3.45 GHz mid-band spectrum for fixed or mobile wireless services.