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CWA members will participate in a global day of labor union action on December 10, International Human Rights Day, to protest the severe repression of labor union and other activists in the Philippines.
The two unions represent call center workers who are employed at many of the same companies or who work at vendors that handle customer service work for those companies.
“This is a big victory for over 100,000 New Mexicans who continue to rely on residential phone service, particularly in rural areas,” said Brenda Roberts, CWA District 7 Vice President. “We have seen the disastrous effects of deregulation in other states.
“Both the original transaction and proposed settlement agreement raise the threat of higher phone bills, less choice, fewer jobs, and worse wages for hardworking Americans,” said House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (D-RI).
As part of the settlement agreement, CenturyLink will provide refunds to consumers and stop third-party billing.
The DOJ Consent Decree and the DISH waiver and extension requests represent significant changes to the original transaction and raise new and important public interest and competition issues.
According to an analysis by the Urban Institute, 48 percent of households in the predominantly African-American neighborhoods have broadband subscriptions, while 84 percent of households in predominantly white neighborhoods have broadband subscriptions.
The new agreements provide wage increases of 10.5 percent over the life of the contracts, cap health care costs, and preserve jobs.
“An unacceptable delay in responding to these requests has created a serious backlog numbering in the thousands, which is causing construction delays and other issues,” said Commissioner Sandra D. Kennedy.
USF programs include the Connect America Fund for rural communities, E-Rate, the Lifeline program for low-income households, and the Rural Health Care program.