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 FCC’s approval follows Verizon’s August 2021 commitment to adopt conditions recommended by CWA and public interest allies.
The workers, some of whom are members of the Alphabet Workers Union, participated in workplace actions to draw attention to the need for pay parity and put pressure on management by asking difficult questions during an impromptu company meeting.
Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (D-CT) joined a picket in support of the workers, over 97 percent of whom have voted to authorize a strike if Frontier refuses to bargain a fair contract.
The $65 billion in the IIJA to support the expansion and affordability of broadband will help close the digital divide. And for the first time, the bill will prioritize broadband projects from employers who follow labor law.
Frontier Communications added 185,000 new fiber locations in 3Q 2021, with a year-to-date deployment of nearly 450,000 fiber passings. Lumen Technologies plans to expand its current 2.5 million fiber passings by an additional 1 million in 2021.
The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will fund high-speed internet networks that will be built by companies that adhere to high labor standards. The Build Back Better framework announced by President Biden will rein in corporations by increasing penalties for violating labor laws, implementing a corporate minimum tax, imposing a surcharge on stock buybacks, and ending tax advantages for corporations that ship jobs overseas.
The California Public Utilities Commission’s proposed conditional approval follows Verizon’s August 2021 commitment to adopt conditions recommended by CWA and public interest allies.