CWA Local 4302


A Message from CWA President Chris Shelton

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Dear Colleagues:

CWA did the best political work in our history. We had record numbers of volunteers, more engagement, and more financial contributions than ever.

Unfortunately, the results on Election Day were not what we had worked towards.

The labor movement now is more important than ever for working families and our nation. We are the first, and in many cases, the only defense against attacks on working families and retirees, and insatiable corporate greed. We play a critical role in safeguarding the rights of minority groups and fighting to advance civil rights.

I have called a face-to-face Executive Board meeting for December where we will discuss our next steps and chart our course to take on the challenges ahead.

We will not stop fighting for progress for working families and we will not back down. We will stand together in solidarity against those who want to weaken our union and destroy the achievements of generations of workers.

Together, with courage and right on our side, we will stand up to any attack on CWA members, retirees and their families, and all working people.

In Unity,

Christopher M. Shelton

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 November 2016 08:41 )

CWA: Hillary Clinton is the Experienced, Qualified Leader Our Country Needs

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Following is a statement by CWA President Chris Shelton on the final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump:

We've seen more than enough on the 2016 presidential campaign trail. There's no question that Hillary Clinton will take office ready to listen to all Americans and will be ready to address the concerns of working Americans.

Hillary Clinton rightly pointed out, "There's only one of us on the stage who's actually shipped jobs to Mexico," indicating that her opponent actually offshored jobs and work to 12 countries including Mexico.

Hillary Clinton said that accepting the outcome of an election "when we may not have liked them is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election." Her opponent said, "I will look at it at the time."

Hillary Clinton said, "The Supreme Court should stand on the side of the American people, not on the side of the powerful corporations and the wealthy." Her opponent said the judges he would appoint "will have a conservative bent."

Trump, recently accused by multiple women of sexual assault, made the audience laugh by saying, "Nobody has more respect for women than I do" – and then just minutes later interrupted Clinton to call her a "nasty woman."

There are just three weeks until Election Day. On Nov. 8, we can elect a President who understands the concerns of working families and knows how to get things done. This means a president who will work to ensure that Wall Street pays its fair share, that students have a path to higher education that doesn't leave them in overwhelming debt, and that working families can again see a better future for themselves and their children.

Last night's debate only strengthened our conviction that Hillary Clinton will be the experienced and qualified leader our country needs.

Thousands of CWA activists in the battleground states will not let down their guard in these last three weeks, but will be walking neighborhoods, calling other union members, and working hard to elect Hillary Clinton president of the United States.

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 October 2016 10:02 )

CWA Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

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Last year, CWA conducted an extensive membership endorsement process, one that was broader and more democratic than any conducted by any other labor union. After a three-month voting period, the votes were tallied and CWA endorsed Bernie Sanders for President. Tens of thousands of members were mobilized by Bernie’s call for change and poured energy and enthusiasm into that campaign. Despite that incredible effort, Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic presidential candidate. While we will continue to push for the policies that led our members to endorse Bernie Sanders, elections are about choices and Secretary Clinton is the best choice this Fall.

Hillary Clinton has stood with us and pledges her commitment to making life better for working families. Secretary Clinton walked with CWA members on the Verizon picket line. She supports the call to get big money out of politics. She is working with Senator Elizabeth Warren and others to end special treatment for Wall Street and the 1 percent. She wants to help students end the cycle of education debt. She has a solid record on the issues that are critical for working families: bargaining rights and the right to organize; family and medical leave; closing tax loopholes that benefit the 1 percent at the expense of our communities; secure health care and retirement benefits, and equal pay legislation. She has reaffirmed her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Donald Trump also has been telling us exactly what he would do. He supports “right to work” laws that weaken workers’ bargaining rights. He is union busting at his new Las Vegas hotel and firing organizers. He thinks the minimum wage is too high and that workers in Michigan and others states should accept lower wages. He dismisses the need for equal pay for women. He talks a good game about bad trade deals but manufactures his fancy ties offshore.

The contrast between these two candidates couldn’t be greater. Hillary Clinton is thoughtful and experienced. Donald Trump is reckless, unthinking and much more likely to cut a deal with his billionaire colleagues than look out for working families.

In a Donald Trump administration, we’d be watching our backs for four years. We’d have no opportunity to move forward on real gains for working families, instead, we’d be forced on defense, just to defend the jobs and gains we’ve made over the years. With Hillary Clinton as president, we will have the ability and opportunity to push forward on our agenda to build a just, democratic society for working families.

The choice is clear. We must do everything we can to mobilize members and activists for the election of Hillary Clinton as president of the United States and to elect Senators, members of Congress and other elected officials who are committed to standing up for economic justice and our democracy.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 July 2016 13:55 )

It's Time for the Senate to Do Its Job

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Shortly after the news of Justice

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 February 2016 10:12 ) Read more...

Ami Bera Faces Consequences for TPP Vote

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California Democrat Rep. Ami Bera voted to "Fast Track" the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Now he's realizing that his vote has consequences.

Two local Democratic clubs in Bera's district (CA, 7th) voted not to endorse a 2016 election bid by Bera because he voted for Fast Track authority for the TPP, siding with big corporations and trade negotiators over the interests of working people in his district, and for other contentious votes.

"When you look at the votes and voting history, all public record, what the club members and delegates have found is that Dr. Bera is aligning himself with (House Speaker) Paul Ryan and (California Rep.) Tom McClintock, and less with the Democratic Party," said Robert Longer of Local 9421 and a member of the South County Democratic Club.

CWA pledged to hold members of Congress accountable for their votes. That's exactly what's happening to Rep. Bera and others.

In the 2012 and 2014 elections, CWAers backed Bera's successful campaigns for a swing congressional seat in Sacramento. CWA activists knocked on doors, volunteered at phone banks and joined forces with other labor unions to help in voter turnout and get Bera over the top.

In the months leading up to Bera's vote on fast track, grassroots activists and union members told Bera that TPP would be a bad deal for U.S. workers. They picketed and wrote letters describing how this secretive trade deal would move jobs overseas, weaken environmental standards and harm communities. Demonstrators occupied his office. And in one memorable action, dozens of workers, environmental activists and veterans marched through Bera's district carrying giant Q-Tips, urging Bera to "clean out his ears."

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 January 2016 08:57 )