PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE(PRO) ACT

If, as a CWA member, you are interested in building power for workers, coming together to win better pay, safe working conditions, and more time to spend with family members then we encourage you to participate in getting the PRO ACT(H.R. 842/S. 420) passed. Your help is needed to contact voters, via phone bank, to contact their Senators to pass this Act along with you filling out a postcard. The PRO Act would drastically improve our ability to organize and bargain for stronger contracts along with giving more workers the tools they need to build power and improve working conditions. If you are interested please come by the Union Hall on your off time to fill out a PRO Act postcard. The hall address is: 405 50th St(2 1/2 blocks east of 1-27). Please call the hall first to make sure someone is there at 806 793-6203.

Also, CWA (Communications Workers of America) will be hosting a phone bank this Thursday, 06-17-21, at 5:00pm to get voters in key states of Arizona, Virginia, and Alaska to call their US Senators to ask them to co-sponsor the PRO Act. Please note that you can ONLY do this if you are already off the work clock or on PTO time..
Below is the link where you can RSVP to participate in the phone bank:

https://www.mobilize.us/wfpower/event/393348/

IT’S TIME TO GET THE PRO ACT PASSED!


MONTHLY EXECUTIVE BOARD & MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS FOR JUNE

The E-Board and Membership meetings will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Please be aware that social distancing is still required & masks are optional. We will allow as many as possibly to be safe. Also, if you are sick, have Covid or been exposed to Covid please do not attend.

Executive Board meeting 5:30pm

General Membership meeting 6:30pm

Please mark your calendar & make a commitment to attend the monthly union meetings. As members we all have the privilege to attend, vote and speak at these meetings. It is not just for officers and stewards, we all( officers, stewards, all members), make up the “union”. Please bring any questions, comments or concerns that you may have. We will have a few topics to cover and provide updates on bargaining and other things going on in our different departments and areas. Please come and join us


ATS PERMANENT WFH RUMORS

We have received word from some of our Mobility reps that the ATS group in the call center is to be permanent WFH. We reached out to both ATS 2nd line managers for information on this. Area manager, Kolicia Baskin, replied, “No, WFH is not permanent. We have been circling back with those working on site to see what is preventing them from WFH and if they are willing to do so.”

We urge any and all Mobility reps/non-management employees to contact a steward or call the hall if you are being told this so that we can look into it further.


EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT

Our CWA National President, Chris Shelton sent out the following information on an emergency broadband benefit:

Throughout the pandemic, our members who work in telecommunications have been keeping our country’s broadband networks up and running. I am proud of the essential role we have played in enabling millions of Americans to continue to work, attend school, receive healthcare services and stay connected to their loved ones during this difficult time.

Just to let you know about an important new program that the Federal Communications Commission has launched to make Internet service more affordable–the Emergency Broadband Benefit, or EBB. Congress allocated $3.2 billion for the program as part of the December COVID relief package. The application process opened this week, and FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has asked CWA to make sure our members and retirees know about the program and for local leaders like you to use your influence to get the word out in your communities.

The EBB provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid or the FCC’s Lifeline program;
Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application. Those interested in the program can learn more, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311

You are encouraged to download and distribute the FCC’s flyer with this information which is available in English at https://cwa.org/cwa-ebb-flyer-english and in Spanish at https://cwa.org/cwa-ebb-flyer-spanish. Please also ask your members to post the flyer on bulletin boards and other public notice areas in their community.

The FCC has a website with additional materials to help you spread the word about the Emergency Broadband benefit including social media content, additional flyers, and sample news releases. The website address is www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-outreach-toolkit.


MONTHLY MAY EXECUTIVE BOARD & MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

The E-Board and Membership meetings will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. This is the first time that we will have a membership meeting since the Covid pandemic hit last year in March 2020. Please be aware that social distancing & masks will be required. We will allow as many as possibly to be safe. Also, if you are sick, have Covid or been exposed to Covid please do not attend.

Executive Board meeting 5:30pm

General Membership meeting 6:30pm

Please mark your calendar & make a commitment to attend the monthly union meetings. As members we all have the privilege to attend, vote and speak at these meetings. It is not just for officers and stewards, we all( officers, stewards, all members), make up the “union”. Please bring any questions, comments or concerns that you may have. We will have a few topics to cover and provide updates on bargaining and other things going on in our different departments and areas. Please come and join us.


SURVEY TO WORK FROM HOME TITLES

Survey to Work From Home Titles

D6 District Headquarters received reports from Unity@Mobility members that the training provided to Business CS Specialists and Premier Service Consultants (work from home titles) is lacking. Since the pandemic, training has transitioned to being virtual, they are shorter sessions, and do not provide follow-up assistance once workers are working remotely.
As a result, activists have asked for a survey be sent to workers in these titles asking them about their training experience. They want to hold the Company accountable for not giving them the tools to succeed in their jobs. This survey will give us a better idea of what needs to improve and how to fight for these improvements.

The District will host a Hustle text bank in the next couple of weeks to reach out to these titles. In the meantime, if you’d like to share the survey with your members, here’s the link: https://forms.gle/krSBYWd1bNihw1Yi7


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MONTHLY APRIL EXECUTIVE BOARD & MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

ONLY the E-Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 4,2021. Only the Executive Board members will be allowed at the meeting due to being a small group (max 11) and the ability to social distance safely.

Executive Board meeting 5:30pm

We apologize but we will NOT have a general membership meeting due to not being able to social distance safely. As each new month approaches we will post whether we will have a meeting or not due to COVID 19. Please stay healthy and be safe


Apply for the Beirne Foundation Scholarship for 2021-2022

The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation will award 16 partial college scholarships of $4,000 each for two years. CWA members, their spouses, children, and grandchildren are eligible for the scholarships, including the dependents of retired, laid-off, or deceased members.

Applications are available only online at the Foundation’s website, https://cwa-union.org/pages/beirne_scholarship_application?link_id. The final deadline for the 2021-2022 school year is 11:59 p.m., EDT, April 30, 2021.

The Beirne scholarship program is made possible by funding from CWA locals. More information about this scholarship is shown below.

About the Scholarship

Sixteen partial college scholarships of $4,000 each are being offered for the 2021-2022 school year. Winners, selected in a lottery drawing, also will receive second-year scholarships of the same amount contingent upon satisfactory academic accomplishment. Part-time students, less than 12 credits, will receive half of the scholarship monies.

Eligible for the awards are CWA members and their spouses, children and grandchildren, including those of retired or deceased members.
Joseph BeirneOrigin

The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation was established in October 1974 by the Communications Workers of America Executive Board to honor the name and memory of the founding President of CWA, who served for more than 30 years. In his capacity as the first CWA President, Joe Beirne took great pride in the roles he played in the fields of education and learning and other areas of social concern. On April 26, 1999, the CWA Executive Board voted to combine the Joseph Anthony Beirne Memorial Foundation and the Ray Hackney Scholarship Fund, thereby creating the CWA Joe Beirne Foundation. Read more about Joseph Beirne.
Eligibility

CWA members, their spouses, children and grandchildren (including dependents of laid-off, retired or deceased CWA members) may apply. Applicants must be high school graduates or at least high school students who will graduate during the year in which they apply. Undergraduate and graduate students returning to schooling may also apply. Prior winners may not reapply.
Dates

Applications are accepted during the months of November through April. Final deadline for the 2021-2022 school year is April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Selections

Winners are chosen by lottery drawing and only winners will be notified. Click here for a list of past winners.
Study Requirements

No specific studies are required. Scholarship winners may pursue whatever courses they wish.
Funding

The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation has been built up by voluntary contributions and is self-perpetuating. Contributions and pledges are received from CWA Locals, members and officers.
Applications

Applications should only be submitted through the online application form.
Who Was Beirne?

Joseph Anthony Beirne is considered CWA’s founding leader.

The son of Irish immigrant parents – his dad was a union railroad worker – Beirne grew up in Jersey City, N.J. and went to work in 1927 for Western Electric, the Bell Telephone System’s manufacturing arm. With the New Deal labor reforms and passage of the Wagner Act in 1935, Beirne and others were inspired to begin organizing the nation’s phone workers.

After the National Federation of Telephone Workers was formed in 1938, the fiery and charismatic Beirne soon ascended to the presidency in 1943 at the age of 32. He set himself the mission of molding this loose federation of autonomous unions into a true international union. That goal, forged in the fires of a tough nationwide strike by 350,000 Bell System workers in 1947, was achieved the following year with creation of the modern Communications Workers of America.

With a strong new national structure and affiliation with the militant CIO in 1949, CWA under Joe Beirne’s leadership broadened its organizing focus, grew steadily in numbers and strength, and used an innovative pattern bargaining strategy to raise wage and benefit standards throughout the communications industry. The union also became a leading force in the political and legislative arenas, community services, the civil rights struggle, and global labor affairs.

When Beirne, who was seriously ill, stepped down from the presidency in June of 1974, CWA had become recognized as one of the most dynamic and progressive unions in the world – qualities that also described its leader for more than three decades.

Joe Beirne died on Labor Day 1974. The Joseph A. Beirne Foundation honors his lifelong commitment to education and progressive social causes.


MONTHLY MARCH EXECUTIVE BOARD & MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

ONLY the E-Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 6,2021. Only the Executive Board members will be allowed at the meeting due to being a small group (max 11) and the ability to social distance safely.

Executive Board meeting 5:30pm

We apologize but we will NOT have a general membership meeting due to not being able to social distance safely. As each new month approaches we will post whether we will have a meeting or not due to COVID 19. Please stay healthy and be safe