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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 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.”
Connecticut workers, along with Frontier workers in New York and California, are currently bargaining with Frontier for increased wages, good benefits, affordable healthcare, and more.
Rosenworcel is an experienced leader with a proven track record of prioritizing 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.
The winners can use the 3.45 GHz mid-band spectrum for fixed or mobile wireless services.
The FCC’s approval follows Verizon’s August 2021 commitment to adopt conditions recommended by CWA and public interest allies.
The workers, some of whom are members of the Alphabet Workers Union, participated in workplace actions to draw attention to the need for pay parity and put pressure on management by asking difficult questions during an impromptu company meeting.
Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (D-CT) joined a picket in support of the workers, over 97 percent of whom have voted to authorize a strike if Frontier refuses to bargain a fair contract.