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.

AT&T In Home Experts

A majority of AT&T In Home Expert (IHX) workers in New York State voted to join CWA. They are building power with hundreds of thousands of workers at AT&T and other telecom companies to bargain good jobs and strong contracts. IHX workers across the country have been organizing to have a voice on the job, including in Arkansas, Detroit/Southfield Michigan, Illinois, and New Jersey.

Citizen App Central Operations

On December 6th in-home child care providers, members of CWA Local 1037, ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the State of New Jersey, increasing their wages by as much as 64 percent. This big win for workers in the notoriously low-wage child care industry is due in no small part to the solidarity of the 1037 members who fought together, as well as their partnership with New Jersey Communities United (NJCU), a grassroots community organization that works to build power for low-income, working-class communities and communities of color in New Jersey. 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, it’s become starkly clear that affordable, high quality broadband service is a vital utility for all Americans as much as heat or electricity, so our members are fighting to ensure that our Federal and State governments listen to their constituents and stand with us to bring broadband those who need broadband get it, and regulate how investments are used to build out improvements where they’re needed. 

On December 11th, CWA District 1 members joined CWAers throughout the country visiting dozens of AT&T third party dealer stores for a National Day of Action Against AT&T’s Outsourcing and Job Cuts. AT&T has closed hundreds of union-staffed retail stores and replaced many of them with non-union “authorized retailers,” so at the CWA National Convention in October, Delegates called for a day of action to take a stand against this outsourcing and union busting.

Local 1298 members from the Waterbury & Winsted, CT garages collected over $1,300 for Toys for Tots

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On December 4, 2020, our CWA bargaining committee met with the State of New Jersey for negotiations regarding VWXY employees who are now included in CWA.

In addition to these negotiations, CWA continues to meet separately with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations to discuss including additional VWXY employees in CWA bargaining units.

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.