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With 39 percent of households in Lumen’s footprint lacking access to broadband, CWA and NDIA demand Lumen invest in next-generation networks and its highly skilled union workforce.
The workers say the company is hiring too many outside contractors and bargaining in bad faith in negotiations that have been ongoing since March.
The report finds that the most influential telecommunications companies and related trade associations spent more than $234 million on lobbying and federal elections during the 116th Congress—an average of more than $320,000 a day.
CWA and The Utility Reform Network (TURN) had raised concerns about Frontier’s intention to follow through on promised investment to improve service.
“Blocking internet shutoffs means ensuring all families can connect to virtual learning, remote work, telehealth appointments, and critical information for participating in our democracy,” said Dana Floberg, policy manager at Free Press Action.
“We are deeply disappointed by Lumen’s recently announced decision to give the MLK Holiday to everyone except union members,” the letter reads. “We are asking you to make it right and extend the MLK paid holiday to all Lumen workers.”
“From fighting the ‘real names’ policy, to opposing Project Maven, to protesting the egregious, multi-million dollar payouts that have been given to executives who’ve committed sexual harassment, we’ve seen first-hand that Alphabet responds when we act collectively. Our new union provides a sustainable structure to ensure that our shared values as Alphabet employees are respected even after the headlines fade,” said Google Program Manager Nicki Anselmo.
CWA and AT&T will also extend their COVID-19 work from home agreement.
CWA, TURN, and Frontier announced a proposed settlement to resolve the CPUC review of Frontier’s bankruptcy plan, which includes a $1.75 billion investment in infrastructure to improve service quality and fiber deployment to 350,000 locations in the state.
CWA’s comments recommend that the Commission embark on a full proceeding to investigate the facts and, if they bear out Fuse’s position, order AT&T to carry Fuse Media’s two cable networks, Fuse and FM, on equitable terms that do not unreasonably restrict Fuse and FM’s ability to compete fairly, as determined by the Media Bureau.
CWA urges the FCC to adopt conditions, if it approves the transaction, to mitigate the transaction’s threat to Lifeline customers.