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“The company would prefer to work with all contractors,” said Frontier technician Tom Gardella to the LA Times. “[But] the contractors aren’t as invested as the employees. We’re in it for the quality because we’re in this for the long term. They’re in it for the piece-work.”
CWA and SOC Investment Group find Elliott intervention drives underperformance by target companies over three-year period.
A petition calls on Google to “immediately pay back all Temps, Vendors and Contractors (TVCs) who have been knowingly underpaid by Google” and to “create an immediate path to permanent employment for temporary workers and end its two-tiered perma-temp system.”
“Verizon’s acquisition of TracFone as it stands today could harm millions of low-income families during a pandemic,” said Brian Thorn, Senior Researcher, CWA. “Now is certainly not the time to depend on the generosity of a corporation to continue providing communications services that millions of low-income Americans rely on. The FCC has a responsibility to step in and ask what Verizon will do to protect consumers from further consolidation of the wireless industry.”
OATS and Humana Foundation launch a new effort to bring high-speed broadband to over a million older Americans by 2022.
“As an FCC Commissioner, she has been a persistent advocate for greater access to telecommunications services for all Americans. She understands 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 Emergency Broadband Benefit Program directs the FCC to reimburse eligible carriers $50 per month ($75 per month on Tribal lands) to provide discounted broadband service and $100 per eligible household reimbursement for a connected device.
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.”