For Immediate Release: June 3, 2022
Contact: Jahad Carter, [email protected] 

New York State Legislature Passes CWA-Supported Bill to Protect Public Safety, Union Jobs within Public Utility Work

Today, at a vote of 59-2 the New York State Senate overwhelmingly passed S.8919, legislation that would require the Public Service Commission to respect current collective bargaining agreements relating to pole attachment work between telecommunications, utility, and cable companies and their employees.
Our prayers and our condolences go out to the families of the victims, and to the entire Black community of our city. We know these events come as especially devastating news for our own Black members. There are no words to express our rage, our sorrow, our grief.

Team CWA was out in force this weekend in Newark to knock on doors and talk to voters about re-electing Mayor Ras Baraka! Primary Election Day is coming up on Tuesday, May 10 - have you made your plan to vote yet? In addition to Mayor Baraka, CWA is also endorsing:

  • LaMonica McIver - Central Ward Council - 2C

  • Dupre Kelly - West Ward City Council - 4C

Starbucks workers throughout the country have been absolutely on fire over the past several months, voting to unionize in droves, kicked off by a massive win at several stores in Buffalo, NY in December, 2021.

CWA Local 1080 workers at the Union County Division of Social Services in New Jersey have been fighting for a fair contract and demanding fair raises, to reduce the high cost of health care, and to address the high cost of living in their county. Members have flooded County Commissioners meetings, they have picketed at lunchtime, and they wear red every Thursday. The previous contract expired in June of 2020.

Big Wins in the New York State 2023 Budget: CWA members have made hundreds of calls and sent thousands of emails to advocate for our priorities in the New York State budget - and we won on several major campaigns!

The budget, finalized and voted on on April 9th, includes:

1. High-Quality Broadband and Good Jobs in the Industry - NYS is getting $1.6 Billion in State and Federal funding for broadband work. We fought to ensure this funding has strong labor labor standards, including:

On Friday, April 22nd CWA Local 1180 members at the National Audubon Society held a rally at the organization’s headquarters in Manhattan to gather petition signatures and demand a fair contract and end to union-busting!

258 CWA members in NJ are celebrating a groundbreaking contract victory and unanimous ratification at the Middlesex County Board of Social Services! These county welfare agency workers are responsible for distributing critical aid to residents in need such as SNAP (formerly called Food Stamps), healthcare coverage via Medicaid, and cash assistance to help cover rent.