This is the first time management has attempted to cancel Christmas break for the workers who are organizing to build power and join their AT&T IHX colleagues in other areas in forming a union with CWA.
The CWA Broadband Brigade and local activists have been mobilizing to ensure states eligible to receive federal funding Build Broadband Better by creating good union jobs and closing the digital divide.
“The team at Tower Safety is setting an example for workers across the industry who deserve dignity, respect, and safety,” said CWA President Chris Shelton. “For far too long, cell phone tower climbers have been taken advantage of by the big telecom companies who avoid responsibility by subcontracting the work.”
The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will fund high-speed internet networks that will be built by companies that adhere to high labor standards. The Build Back Better framework announced by President Biden will rein in corporations by increasing penalties for violating labor laws, implementing a corporate minimum tax, imposing a surcharge on stock buybacks, and ending tax advantages for corporations that ship jobs overseas.
The California Public Utilities Commission’s proposed conditional approval follows Verizon’s August 2021 commitment to adopt conditions recommended by CWA and public interest allies.
The Harvard Business School study found that the Internet economy grew seven times faster than the total US economy during the past four years.
Hurricane Ida caused significant damage to AT&T’s copper cables and terminals, resulting in 338,115 customer outages.
The legislation would have put worker safety at risk, especially if the work was done with low-wage contractors who might cut corners to save money.
“[W]e have to understand where communications fell short, where recovery took too long, and what changes can be made to make our networks more resilient before the next unthinkable event occurs,” said FCC Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel.
“As the state moves forward with its aggressive and laudable plans to ensure all Californians have access and the means to use broadband and wireless services, we must also collaboratively discuss the quality of those services,” said Amy Yip-Kikugawa, Acting Director of the Public Advocates Office.