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CWA Local 6222 Vice President Belinda Aguilar, an AT&T Mobility worker, explained how hedge fund Elliott Management's attack on AT&T has led to more outsourcing of good retail jobs to non-union authorized dealers.
"I'm ecstatic at this settlement, it's a huge win for me and all contract employees at Google and other Alphabet companies," said Shannon Wait, a member of CWA Local 1400's Alphabet Workers Union (AWU). "It's far too easy for contractors like Modis to make us believe that we aren't allowed to publicly discuss our working conditions or join unions, and Alphabet and Google turn a blind eye to this gaslighting. Now, because I had the support of my union to call them out on it, they'll be forced to inform us all of our rights."
Under Democratic leadership, FCC faces renewed calls from NATOA, CWA, and local officials to put power back in the hands of local governments.
CWA and the Minnesota Attorney General had urged the Minnesota PUC to impose deployment and investment conditions on Frontier.
In a letter to the FCC, the attorneys general detailed how Verizon's acquisition of TracFone could negatively impact the Lifeline program, which provides a subsidy for communications services to millions of low-income consumers.
"One call center closing can devastate an entire community," CWA Local 1298's Jim Case testified. "The core of this bill is simple: no state taxpayer money should be used for companies that ship our jobs out of the state."
Shelton recommended $80 billion in funding for broadband deployment and that Congress establish standards to create and protect good jobs, including making sure that workers are able to exercise their collective bargaining rights.
“CWA remains committed to working with Frontier to provide the best possible service to Connecticut customers and to ensure that Frontier lives up to both the letter and spirit of this decision,” said Dave Weidlich, CWA Local 1298 president.
“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.”