CWA District 7 is one of the seven geographical districts that make
up Communications Workers of America, one of the largest unions in
Northern America, representing 700,000 workers in public and private
CWA District 7
has over one hundred seventy chartered Local unions, and is
responsible for negotiating contracts with over one hundred fifty
employers. We represent workers in
telecommunications, state and local government, healthcare,
education, newspapers and print shops, flight attendants, law
enforcement, manufacturing and more.
Republicans in Congress want to work with the
Obama administration to fast-track the passage of
the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The TPP is the largest - and worst - trade deal you've
never heard of, having been devised in secret by
representatives of some of the world's largest
corporations.It's so big and has the potential to do so much
damage, it's been likened to "NAFTA on steroids."Watch
this short video to see what I mean:
District 7 Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
August 24-26, 2014
Nearly 200 CWA District 7 Delegates and guests met
in Albuquerque August 24-26 for the 2014 CWA District 7 Conference.
Attendees heard from D-7 Vice President Mary Taylor and CWA President
Larry Cohen. U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Michelle
Lujan Grisham also addressed the group.
Workshops were held on Organizing, Robert's Rules, Leadership
Development and Political Training. Additionally Angie Reef from AFA
Local 27071 (Frontier) and Juan Reynosa from the Southwest Organizing
Project (SWOP), were featured in our "Meet a Local" segment.
Highlights of the conference included a rally for fired T-Mobile workers
Amber Diaz and Josue Urrutia at the T-Mobile call center and numerous
ALS ice bucket challenges including one by CWA President Larry Cohen.
We have been informed
by CenturyLink that under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
any company that employs 50 or more people is required to provide
"affordable" healthcare. The law also requires that Company’s using
contractors that employ 50 or more require the contractor to provide
healthcare, otherwise the company utilizing the contractor could become
liable to do so. We understand that CenturyLink took steps last year to
renegotiate all contracts with their U.S. Vendors and Contractors to
require them to provide affordable health care to their employees who
perform work for CenturyLink business. They did not renew their
contracts with and will not use contractors who will not provide ACA-complaint
health care to their employees.
On June 5, 2014, Deutsche
Telekom, T Mobile's parent company, decided to vote
against a shareholder proposal that would have
brought T Mobile's intimidation of workers out of
the shadows and provided a comprehensive report
about labor rights violations to investors and