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As part of her first State of the State Address, New York’s Governor Kathy Hochul laid out a plan on January 5th to invest $10 billion in healthcare, including $4 billion in wages and bonuses for workers.

New York’s healthcare workforce has been ravaged by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Workers have suffered continued short staffing - a decades-long problem exacerbated by the pandemic - and frequent burnout as healthcare facilities have struggled to maintain adequate staffing and supply levels to meet the needs of rising COVID-19 infection rates.

After voting to authorize a strike if necessary late last year and working without contracts, CWA members at Frontier Communications have ramped up their mobilization efforts to fight for new agreements by January 15th or Frontier will face a strike.
On January 3rd SUNY-Binghamton announced that as of Spring 2022, all full-time, fully tuition-supported PhD student workers at SUNY-Binghamton will no longer be required to pay broad-based fees.

CWA Legislative and Political Action Team members held over 160 meetings throughout the New York legislative session in 2021, devoting many long hours to meeting with elected officials to discuss and advocate for bills that will strengthen our union rights, make our jobs safer and more secure, and lift up New York’s working people. 

On January 4th, a supermajority of customer service workers at BDS Connected Solutions signed union cards to join the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU-CWA Local 1400) and filed with the National Labor Relations Board for a representation election. Most of the workers are already dues-paying members of AWU-CWA.

For Immediate Release
December 17, 2021
Contact: Hae-Lin Choi, [email protected], 718-290-3647

COUNCIL MEMBER ADRIENNE ADAMS CLINCHES VICTORY IN COUNCIL SPEAKER’S RACE 

After a year of difficult negotiations and over a month on the picket lines, healthcare workers - including nurses, aides, technicians, dietary, and environmental workers - at Catholic Health’s Mercy, St. Joseph’s, and Kenmore Mercy Hospitals voted overwhelmingly to ratify their new contract, with 94% Yes votes.
On November 11th Frontier Communications workers in Connecticut - members of CWA Local 1298 - held an informational picket to call on Frontier to negotiate a new contract that includes job security, fair benefits, and access to the jobs of the future expanding Frontier’s network.
The 2021 CWA Awards Ceremony was held virtually on November 4th to honor locals and activists throughout the country for their extraordinary work organizing, mobilizing, engaging in political action, and more.