Family Updates & Retirements

Congrats to Mike Phillips on his retirement

In Sympathy

The Family of John Whitehair

Marnetta Daniels and Calvin Daniels

Brian Casto for the loss of his father

Retiree Melanie Carpenter, loss of huband

Jeffrey Carpenter, loss of father

Jennifer Wooten loss of her grandfather

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Organizing Update

Monday - January 30, 2023
TCGPlayer Organizing

TCGPlayer (eBay)

A supermajority of workers at TCGPlayer’s authentication center in New York announced that they are forming the TCG Union/CWA and have filed for a union representation election with the National Labor Relations Board. TCGPlayer is the number one online marketplace for collectible trading cards and was acquired by eBay in November 2022. TCGPlayer workers are the first group of eBay workers to file for a union representation election with CWA.

The current unit includes close to 300 non-supervisory workers, including Generalists and Specialists across the Sorting, Pulling, Receiving, Shipping, Operations, Research and Development, Inventory, Comics, Quality, and Training departments. The workers are proud to be part of and stand in solidarity with the growing movement of workers among similar companies such as United Paizo Workers, Bellevue Mox Organized Workers, and Noble Knight Games United in organizing for dignity and respect on the job.

TCGPlayer Organizing
Workers at TCGPlayer (eBay) held a rally to announce the formation of their union, TCG Union/CWA.

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Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

Workers at the public radio show and podcast Reveal, co-produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting, won voluntary recognition after a super majority of them signed cards in support of forming a union with the NewsGuild-CWA. In their mission statement, the workers said, “We want a seat at the table where decisions that impact staff in every department and level are made. We want to work alongside our leadership and board to establish policies that center diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We want to build a culture that recognizes we have lives and families outside of Reveal and create a space where our colleagues can see themselves working for years to come. We want our individual accomplishments to be rewarded fairly. Above all, we want to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Worker Power Update

Monday - January 30, 2023
United Campus Workers in Virginia

United Campus Workers-CWA Virginia Members Fight for Affordable Child Care

Members of United Campus Workers-Virginia (CWA Local 2265) held their second annual Lobby Day at the Capitol in Richmond last week. The union activists met with over 20 state legislators and held a rally on the Capitol grounds, highlighting their Childcare for All campaign and calling on legislators to support legislation that will improve the working conditions of public higher education workers in Virginia and help the institutions better serve all Virginians. The members believe that child care is a labor issue at its core and through their campaign they are fighting to make affordable child care accessible to all working families.

United Campus Workers
Members of United Campus Workers-Virginia (CWA Local 2265) held their second annual Lobby Day at the Capitol in Richmond.

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CWA New Mexico State Workers Fight to Preserve Telework

State workers in New Mexico, members of CWA Local 7076, are fighting back against the state’s unfair plan to remove telework for all employees after state officials suddenly repealed the telework policy on November 29 and instructed employees to return on January 3. The union and state officials have negotiated a delay until February, but the workers argue that is still not enough time. State employees are overworked and underpaid, while still providing essential services to the people of New Mexico. In addition, there are record vacancy rates across state agencies. The blanket cancellation of telework takes away one of the few perks that make working for the state a viable choice for so many employees. Last week, the workers held a rally to demand reinstatement of the telework policy for the good of the state. During the rally, the workers expressed their concerns, ranging from lack of adequate office space to personal issues such as childcare. They also argued that telework saves the state money and benefits state residents. The workers have also launched a public petition and are committed to continue to fight to preserve telework for state employees.

New Mexico State Workers
State workers in New Mexico, members of CWA Local 7076, held a rally last week to demand reinstatement of the telework policy for the good of the state.

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CWA District 1 Activists Hold Runaway Inequality Training

CWA District 1 Runaway Inequality Training

CWA District 1 activists participated in a Runaway Inequality training, held in person for the first time since the pandemic, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The activists learned about how the economic system has been stacked against workers, and what workers can do to take it back.

Maximus Workers Protest Unjust Layoffs

Monday - January 30, 2023
Maximus Action

Workers at Maximus, a multi-billion dollar corporation and the largest federal call center contractor, held a demonstration outside the company’s Louisiana and Mississippi offices to protest Maximus’s decision to cut some of the workforce handling calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is the latest action taken by workers at Maximus, who have been organizing with CWA for a union and fighting to improve their working conditions.

“Maximus cannot possibly claim that it treats its employees with respect and sensitivity when, as a billion-dollar corporation, it’s failing to provide enough notice of their termination or sufficient severance pay for workers to take care of their families,” said CWA Organizer Tiandra Robinson. “Shame on Maximus for pulling the rug out from under hundreds of people who are already struggling to make ends meet.” This decision comes as workers wrapped up a record-breaking open enrollment period earlier this month. The workers are continuing to fight against the unjust layoffs and to organize to form a union. Click here to donate to the workers’ solidarity fund.

Check out this video of workers protesting the unjust layoffs.

Maximus Action

Check Out the CWA Store for New Styles and Winter Gear

Monday - January 30, 2023
New Items at the CWA Store

New CWA styles and winter gear are now available in the CWA Store. Check out hats, fitted styles, and items from additional CWA sectors. All products are Union decorated. www.cwastore.org.

New Items at the CWA Store

Organizing Update

Monday - January 23, 2023
Organizing Update

Threespot

A supermajority of workers at Threespot, a progressive digital advertising agency, signed authorization cards in favor of forming a union with CWA. The workers, who organized with CODE-CWA, will join CWA Local 2336 in Washington, D.C. Their win reflects the growing trend of tech workers interested in the power of collective bargaining.

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Yulista Support Services

Aircraft mechanics at Yulista Support Services, a firm serving military customers in the aerospace and defense industry across the globe, have voted to join IUE-CWA Local 83226. The workers, who are employed at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Elizabeth City, N.C., are joining a larger group of workers on the base who organized to join the union in 2019.

Bargaining Update

Monday - January 23, 2023
Bargaining Update

Silver Airways

AFA-CWA Flight Attendants at Silver Airways voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract that raises wages and per diem, establishes a minimum pay policy for days on which Flight Attendants fly, and more improvements. Founded in 2010 from the former Gulfstream International Airlines, the independent regional airline operates flights between gateways in the Bahamas, Florida, and the Southeastern United States.

Communications Workers of America Responds to Microsoft Layoff Announcement

Monday - January 23, 2023
Press Release

Yesterday's announcement that Microsoft will be laying off more than 10,000 workers, like similar recent announcements at other companies, highlights the growing need for tech workers to organize and lock in meaningful worker protections.

Representatives from CWA have been in touch with Microsoft, and the company recognizes its obligation to bargain over any proposed layoffs of CWA members at ZeniMax. Members of the ZeniMax worker bargaining committee will be developing proposals that reflect their needs and provide alternatives to layoffs.

Working with Microsoft over the past year we have developed a blueprint for companies that want to take the high road when workers choose to form unions. We are optimistic that the collective bargaining process at ZeniMax will provide a similar opportunity to chart a new path in tech, with innovative, worker-developed alternatives to the boom-bust cycle of layoffs in the tech industry that have had devastating consequences for tens of thousands of tech workers and their families.

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Worker Power Update

Monday - January 23, 2023
AFA House Lobbying Visit

AFA-CWA Activists Meet with the New Congress

AFA-CWA activists visited Capitol Hill last week to meet members-elect to brief them on Flight Attendant issues. During their meetings, the activists discussed the union’s several priorities for the new Congress, including the upcoming FAA Reauthorization Bill, stopping disruptive passenger incidents with a banned passenger list, improving cabin air quality, updating evacuation standards for certifying cabin configurations and proper staffing, and establishing cabin temperature standards.

AFA House Lobbying Visit
AFA-CWA activists visited Capitol Hill last week to meet members-elect to discuss the union’s priorities for the new Congress.

CWAers Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday - January 23, 2023
e-Newsletter

Every year, CWAers across the country celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and honor his legacy. This year, CWA members and leaders, including IUE-CWA President Carl Kennebrew and District 4 Vice President Linda L. Hinton, attended the 2023 AFL-CIO Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference. The conference brought together organizers, activists, and leaders for a series of timely and important discussions on the labor movement’s pivotal role in protecting and strengthening our democracy and how we can make life better for workers across America.

CWA Public, Healthcare and Education Sector Vice President Margaret Cook attended United Campus Workers-CWA Local 3865’s MLK Day celebration in Knoxville, Tenn. The event featured AFA International Vice President Keturah Johnson as the keynote speaker.

In a video message, AFA International Secretary-Treasurer Dante Harris reflected on King’s legacy. "Today we honor a great leader, a pioneer for diversity, and an advocate for labor,” he said.

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