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Arizona Corporation Commissioners questioned Frontier CEO Nick Jeffery on the unequal treatment of tribal workers amid the company's failure to meet its Arizona broadband deployment targets.
A new report issued by the AFL-CIO, its 30th annual Death on the Job Report, reveals that every day, on average, 275 U.S. workers die from hazardous working conditions. CWA Local 3808 member Eric Chapman, an AT&T worker in Nashville, spoke at an AFL-CIO press event about two CWA members from his local who recently died – deaths that the union believes could have been prevented.
Eligible low-income households can receive $50 a month in broadband subsidies through an approved provider or by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org.
"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."
"Verizon's acquisition of TracFone as it stands today could harm millions of low-income families during a pandemic," said CWA Senior Researcher Brian Thorn. "The FCC has a responsibility to step in and ask what Verizon will do to protect consumers from further consolidation of the wireless industry."
The FCC will reimburse eligible carriers $50 per month ($75 per month on Tribal lands) to provide discounted broadband service and $100 per eligible household reimbursement for a connected device.
To win regulatory approval, T-Mobile promised that the merged company would be job positive "from day one."
"We love our jobs, we love working at Glitch, which is why we wanted to ensure we have a lasting voice at this company and lasting protections. This contract does that, and I hope tech workers across the industry can see that unions and start-ups are not incompatible," said Katie Lundsgaard, a software engineer at Glitch.
"Ensuring that all Americans have access to utility services during this pandemic is too important to be left to the discretion of individual utility companies," said CWA President Chris Shelton. "Essential workers have been on the job throughout the COVID-19 crisis making sure that households and businesses stay connected to energy, water, and communications services. We need a national moratorium on utility shutoffs so that service providers hold up their end of the bargain."
AT&T and Frontier fought for nearly two years to prevent the public release of the report finding that they allowed their copper networks to deteriorate over the last decade.