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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.
The four-year agreement, covering 1,000 workers in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire, includes wage increases, limitations on movement of work, and work from home provisions.
AT&T refused to voluntarily recognize the union and used a series of tactics to delay the election, including an appeal to the full NLRB that resulted in the ballots being impounded.
CWA will be active in the regulatory review process to preserve good jobs for its members and quality service for consumers.
The bipartisan infrastructure bill will invest $65 billion in our country’s broadband network and ensure that companies who receive these funds adhere to high labor standards.
The Trump-era Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) allowed 39 of the nation’s most profitable companies, including T-Mobile, to pay $0 in federal income tax from 2018 through 2020.
CWA played a crucial role in defeating CenturyLink/Lumen’s petition to weaken regulations. A report by CWA found that the company has failed to maintain its physical copper plant and has failed to deploy fiber to 46 percent of its coverage area in Minnesota.
Verizon’s pledge to preserve affordable rates and continue existing services follows a lengthy campaign by CWA and public interest allies.
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.