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Organizing

Where to Begin

Interested in getting a real voice in your workplace? If you are, then CWA, the Communications Workers of America, can help you and your co-workers build the majority support that you will need to organize your union. Our union’s purpose is to help workers like you organize together so you will have the power to negotiate good contracts, increase your standard of living, and have a real voice in decisions about your workplace and working conditions. 

CWA represents about 700,000 men and women in telecommunications, cable television and information technology; media and publishing; health care, higher education, law enforcement and public service; in the airlines, and in manufacturing.  

Getting union representation is the best way to gain the advances in working conditions that you and your co-workers desire. Statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor show that unionized workers enjoy higher wages, better benefits and pensions, and have greater job security than workers who don’t have a union. In almost every industry, union workers fare better than non-union workers doing the same type of work. 

Without union representation, you are an employee “at will”. This means that all of your wages, benefits and conditions of employment, including your employment itself, may be reduced, modified, or terminated by your employer at any time, and for any reason. Your employer has no legal obligation to you at all.  

With a union, Federal law requires your employer to bargain with you about your compensation and working conditions including: pay, benefits, job security, health and safety, paid time off, retirement, etc… And a union contract is a legally enforceable document that will hold your employer to their word. Contract violations and unfair management decisions can be challenged through the grievance process, and if necessary, a neutral third party arbitrator.  

Working under a contract will provide the stability, equality, and security in working conditions, pay, and opportunities for advancement that you deserve. You are invited to join 700,000 CWA members who have decided that being a union member is best for them, and for their loved ones who depend on them.  

What’s Next 

If you would like to speak with someone about how CWA can help you gain a voice at your workplace, contact CWA District 7 Administrative Director Al Kogler at (303) 770-2822 or email: akogler@cwa-union.org.  

Click here to receive a free pdf copy of CWA’s 10 page booklet “Union Basics.”  that contains more information on forming a union, your legal rights, and how unions help workers.

The Latest Organizing News

February 7, 2017

Local 7901 in Portland has received Voluntary Recognition from the Environmental Non-Profit group BARK for 16 Employees

Local 7901 in Portland has received voluntary recognition from the environmental non-profit group BARK for 16 employees and is scheduling negotiations now. The group walked on the boss, who was receptive and within one week CWA was granted voluntary recognition. CWA Local President Jeanette Turned led this campaign. You can view BARK's media release on working with CWA by clicking here.

A new group at New Partners Teleservices employees joined Local 7212 when a majority of the 12 At-Home-Agents (AHA) signed up for Union representation. This is the latest group of New Partners employees to join CWA through a card check and neutrality agreement with the company that has already resulted in almost 150 members. The company has also announced plans to add another 40-50 employees in the near future.

D-7 Staff Jeff Lacher and Local 7212 President Shane Hardee led the effort.

 

May 23, 2016

69 DTV Customer Service Workers in D-7 Join CWA

District 7 Organizing Coordinator Jeff Lacher reports:

We received notice today that a majority of the 69 DTV Eden Prairie Care Center (Minneapolis) workers have been certified and are now represented by CWA. Although this was a card check campaign, it was a difficult competitive organizing environment that took a strong and consistent focus of the organizers who worked on it.

The campaign was led by officers and organizers from Locals 7200 and 7250, Shari Wojtowicz, Yolanda Roth, Brian Gnerer, Sua Lo, with support from TNG Organizer Cat SalonekMay 11, 2016

 

May 13, 2016

AT&T Global Customer Service from Denver, Colorado Join CWA

District 7 Administrative Director Al Kogler reports that on May 11, 2016, the American Arbitration Association certified that 50%+ of the AT&T Global Customer Service employees in Denver (former LNS) indicated through their Consent Authorization cards that they desired to become represented by CWA.  

There are 49 workers in this group who will be represented by Local 7750. President Chris Roth lead this effort. 

Congratulations! 

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April 29, 2016

415 DirecTV Customer Service Workers in Denver, Colorado Join CWA

WA District 7 Administrative Director Al Kogler reports that on April 28, 2016, the American Arbitration Association certified that 50%+ of the DirecTV Customer Care group in Denver indicated through their Consent Authorization cards that they desired to become represented by CWA. There are 415 workers in this group.

District 7 Organizing Coordinator Jana Smith Carr lead this campaign with abundant help from District 7 Staff and Locals 7750 & 7777 officers and members. Organizers Yolanda Anderson, Melinda Fiedler and Jerome Thompson also came in from other CWA locations and helped make this campaign successful.

 

April 27, 2016

85 More DTV Employees Join CWA District 7


CWA District 7 Administrative Director Al Kogler reports that on April 27, 2016 the American Arbitration Association certified that 50%+ of the DirecTV Technical Group in New Mexico indicated through their Consent Authorization cards that they desired to become represented by CWA. There are 85 workers in this group.

Special Assignment Organizer Glenda Winternheimer lead this campaign with help from Local 7011 President Stacy Watashe and Vice President Dave Prokash.

 

April 13, 2016

Mobility Techs in Colorado Join CWA

CWA District 7 Administrative Director Al Kogler reports that on April 13, 2016 the American Arbitration Association certified that a majority of workers in the AT&T Mobility Colorado Network Group indicated through their authorization cards that they want to be represented by
CWA. There are 22 workers in this group.

Local 7750 President Chris Roth lead this campaign.

 

April 8, 2016

DirecTV Workers in Oregon join CWA

CWA District 7 Administrative Director Al Kogler reports that on April 7, 2016 the American Arbitration Association certified that 50%+ of the DirecTV Technical Group in Oregon indicated through their Consent Authorization cards that they desired to become represented by CWA. There are 110 workers in this group which will be represented by CWA Local 7906.

CWA District 9 Senior Campaign Lead Louie Rocha and Local 9421 Organizers Chis Gordon, Jesse Whitney, and Ben Kohls lead this campaign.

 

March 11, 2016

Organizing Victory in Denver

District 7 Administrative Director Al Kogler reports that on March 10, 2016, in an NLRB election held in Commerce City, CO, First Transit clerks, dispatchers, and supervisors voted for CWA 15 to 2.

The First Transit organizing committee united their co-workers and demonstrated a strong, public show of support for CWA in their workplace.

Local 7777 President Audrey Deguio, Vice President Marlene Jimenez, former Local Organizer Tim Marquez and D7 Staff Representative Katie Romich worked with the dedicated Denver area group throughout the union drive.

First Transit is a national transportation contract service provider which maintains three Regional Transportation District contracts in the Denver area. They have over 15,000 employees nationwide.

 

February 8, 2016

Denver Airport Dollar Thrifty Rental Car

District 7 Administrative Director Al Kogler reports that on January 5, 2016 in an NLRB election, Denver Airport Dollar Thrifty rental car workers voted for CWA 14 to 12. 

Following a previous effort last year that fell short, the workers regrouped and overcame an aggressive anti-union campaign in order to join CWA Local 7777. 

Local 7777 Vice-President Debbie Medina led the campaign, working with a committed core group of workers. Local executive board member Jason Schneider also assisted on the campaign.

Congratulations to the Denver Airport Dollar Thrifty workers and Local 7777.

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January 7, 2016

Southwest Minnesota CenturyLink Techs

CWA District 7 Administrative Director Al Kogler reports that Nine CenturyLink Techs in SW Minnesota (formerly from the CenturyTel part of the business) won an Armour-Globe election today enabling them to ultimately be part of the legacy Qwest bargaining unit. The vote was 9-0.  

Local 7203 President Eric Battle and Local officer Mike Goltz worked on the campaign.

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For More information, please visit our National Organizing Web Site.

 

 


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