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After repeated incidents and multiple grievance filings, the members walked off the job in protest. As a result of the strike, the supervisor has been temporarily suspended.
Dubbed “the most dangerous job in America,” tower climbing involves scaling towers to perform inspections and tests, handle repairs, and install equipment ranging from antennas, amplifiers, and fiber optic cable, to lighting systems. The major carriers who build and own the towers often farm out the maintenance work to contractors like Qualtek.
The report, “What Lies Beneath,” focuses on Google Fiber, a high-profile company that relies heavily on contractors, and offers a deep dive into contracted out work.
CWA Local 1118 joined NYS Senator Sean Ryan and Assemblymembers Nily Rozic and Amy Paulin on the steps of the New York Capitol in Albany to call for strong labor standards attached to publicly funded broadband projects.
"We cannot cut a blank check and trust the work will get done efficiently. It is on the state to make sure that the significant public funding proposed in the FY2023 budget comes with the right protections attached to ensure high-quality networks to deliver high-speed, reliable broadband, and good jobs in the industry,” said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor.
Workers become first unionized Google Fiber workers and the first recognized bargaining unit of AWU-CWA since union’s 2021 launch.
Workers at DISH Network (CWA Local 6171) ratified their first contract after a decade-long organizing and bargaining battle, becoming the first group of workers in the country to successfully negotiate a contract at DISH.
The CWA Broadband Brigade and local activists have been mobilizing to ensure states use these funds to Build Broadband Better by creating good union jobs and prioritizing closing the digital divide.
As a leader in the broadband industry and an advocate for expanded broadband access to underserved communities, CWA will continue to support the success of this program.
The Court ruled that because the FCC changed the classification of internet services from telecommunications services to information services, it cannot preempt states from enforcing their own net neutrality rules.