On February 6th and 7th 2015 New Stewards
Training was held in Tucson, AZ for Local 7026
at the IBEW Local 540.
Eight (8) members were trained as New Stewards.
Right: Patrick Brady, AT&T Mobility, Rhoda
V. Hailey, CWA Representative (instructor),
Rafael Martinez, CenturyLink, Michael Lewis,
CenturyLink, Jacob Rouse, AT&T Mobility,
Derek Weissenberger, CenturyLink, Miguel
Ayon, AT&T Mobility, Steward and
Photographer, Brett Browning, CenturyLink
(not shown) and Cecelia Valdez,
Secretary-Treasurer Local 7026.
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.
and guests from across District 7 met in Minneapolis August 18-21
for our annual Conference. Speakers included: CWA Chief of Staff Ron
Collins Telecomm & Technologies Vice President Ralph Maly; TNG
President Bernie Lunzer ; and CWA President Larry Cohen.
Workshops were held on: Health & Safety, Grievance Handling and
Movement Building. Bargaining Unit meetings were also convened for:
DEX; AT&T; AT&T Mobility; Public, Healthcare, and Education Workers;
and Frontier, Verizon, and Windstream.
Conference participants joined with Minnesota activists for an
anti-Trans Pacific Partnership rally held in downtown Minneapolis
where Larry Cohen was a featured speaker.
Maupin, member of Local
7400, was selected for the
Nebraska AFL-CIO Hall of
Fame. We are very proud of
Larry and his achievements.
has been involved in the
Labor Movement since his
birth.He is a 3rd
Generation Unionist, his
Grandfather, Will M Maupin
was a Charter Member and the
original President of the NE
AFL‑CIO when it was formed
in 1909 and a lifelong
member of ITU, as was his
son Richard M Maupin,
Larry's father. Larry
continues to carry on that
Union Legacy he has been a
member of ITU since he first
started working for his
father. ITU merged with CWA
Local 7400, of which Larry,
his wife Sharon and their
entire Print Shop are
members. Larry has been a
dedicated Unionist for more
than 50 years. Larry's print
shop, the Unionist, is the
only totally Union, AFL‑CIO
Print Shop in Omaha.
Larry has always been very
involved in the Community.
He has served as an active
countless hours at the
Benson Church of Christ 2704
No 58th Street in
Omaha since he was a small
boy. Larry has held many
volunteer positions with his
church and is currently
serving as an Elder. He is
also very active with the
Douglas County Democratic
Party, donating printing and
time for many of their
events. He is a past Central
Committee Member and a
current GEM Member. He also
does many Community
Sponsorships such as the
Midwest Heart Connection and
the Omaha Fire Fighters
Memorial. He has also been
active helping with school
and sports activities his
children were involved in
while they were growing up.
AWARDS AND OTHER TYPES OF
Larry and Sharon were
recently awarded the
Chairman's Award from the
Douglas County Democratic
Party at the 2013 Truman
In 2004 he was awarded the
Douglas County Democratic
Party Special Recognition
In 2002 he was awarded the
AFL Labor Partner Award
Larry has also received
multiple other awards
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE
NEBRASKA LABOR MOVEMENT
Larry has spent limitless
hours volunteering at the
DCDP helping to get Labor
Friendly candidates elected.
He has donated to virtually
every Labor Union in the
State of Nebraska. He has
spent his life providing
affordable Union Products to
help spread Union values
across this state. Larry has
provided confidential and
trustworthy services to
countless Labor Friendly
Politicians for over 50
years. He has been a hard
working member of a Labor
Union since the day he first
starting working for his
father. Larry is also
continuing to pass on his
Union values and commitments
to his children and his
It is with Great Pride and
Respect for Mr. Larry
Maupin, that I nominate him
for this very prestige's
Award. Larry has been a
understanding the value of
the Labor Movement for
working men and women. CWA
Local 7400 feels very
strongly that Larry truly
has been an
OUTSTANDINGLabor Leader for not
only our Local but for the
entire state of Nebraska and
deserves to be elected into
the Nebraska State AFL‑CIO
Labor Leaders Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to Kai
Hipple on winning an iPad
for the CWA Political Action
Fund (PAF) contest. Kai, a
member of CWA Local 7803,
signed up over 100 people
who were either new
contributors or increased
their contribution by $2 or
more per week. Great work
Kai Hipple with Jeanne
Stewart, President, Local
Inc is outsourcing Colorado
Jobs. Outsourcing hurts
homemakers, taxpayers, local
business and our economy.
Colorado taxpayers should
not subsidize Avaya's profit
margin, nor should they bear
the burden of business
unemployment and higher
taxes caused by
outsourcing. A rally took
place and you see the
pictures by clicking below.
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Officers Bill Daggett and Derrick Spoerry were first on the scene.
“This is a house that exploded so it could explode again. It’s on fire and it’s not structurally sound,” says Daggett. Without hesitation, the two ran inside. Spoerry kicked the front door open.
“We yelled into the residence, ‘Waukee police’. She had responded very faintly, ‘help me, help me,’” says Spoerry.
Bill Daggett, Local 7102
workers, union and community members from
Bellevue, WA. gathered outside T-Mobile USA’s
corporate headquarters April 16th, 2012, to
stand up against office closures and fight back
against corporate greed. These activists
attempted to deliver the 80,000-signatures
petition to T-Mobile CEO Philip Humm.
Together they told T-Mobile USA’s CEO Philipp
Humm to bring back the 6,000 jobs that
T-Mobile USA shipped overseas instead of closing
seven call centers affecting 3,300 jobs.
Attached is an article from the Bellevue WA
newspaper about the T-Mobile rally there
yesterday. Also attached is an article from King
5 news, Seattle, WA. as well as a photo galley
of pictures and a great video on YouTube.
Teresa Brown and Becki Jacobson live nearly 1,000
miles apart, but they share a bond forged by
adversity. Both are taking a stand against employers
who have locked them out of their jobs.
Brown has worked at Cooper Tire in Findlay, Ohio,
for 12 years. Her husband, father and uncle also
work at the plant.
Jacobson is a third generation employee of American
Crystal Sugar in Moorhead, Minn., where she has
worked for nearly 30 years.
Jacobson has become a spokesperson for her
union. In November she addressed Minneapolis
Letter Carriers about the lockout.
Aug. 1, Jacobson and 1,300 other Crystal Sugar
workers found the doors locked when they reported
for their shifts at seven plants in Minnesota, North
Dakota and Iowa. On Nov. 28, Brown and more than
1,000 Cooper Tire workers were barred from their
In both cases, the companies took retribution
against employees because they refused to take major
concessions in their union contracts. In both cases,
the companies were doing very well financially –
thanks in large part to their skilled and dedicated
“We have helped the company [Crystal Sugar] make
record profits for the last five years,” noted
Cooper Tire workers gave up $30 million in
concessions three years ago to help the company,
said Brown. “In those three years, they were the
most profitable they had ever been” and even opened
plants in China and Serbia.
Yet these successful companies have turned their
backs on employees and locked them out. Union
leaders say they can’t remember a year when
employers used the lockout so frequently. Workers
who are locked out are still employees of the firm,
but don’t draw a paycheck or benefits.
The Crystal Sugar workers in Minnesota and the
Cooper Tire workers in Ohio qualify for state
unemployment benefits, but the Crystal Sugar workers
in North Dakota aren’t eligible under that state’s
law and depend entirely on contributions to the
union’s hardship fund.
the country, CWA members turned out for the National Day of
Solidarity for Verizon Workers, joined by union, progressive
and community allies at hundreds of rallies and events.
March 22 became the unofficial
kickoff to 99 percent spring/challenging corporate power,
when union members and others will again join forces in
actions to gain economic justice. At many rallies today,
unions across the labor movement joined each other's fights,
with support from progressive and community activists who
know what's at stake.
As the CWA newsletter went to press,
CWAers and supporters were still going strong at rallies in
Long Beach, Calif., Irvine, Tex., Indianapolis, Washington,
D.C., New York City, and many other places.
Other locations got an early start;
members of CWA Local 2108 rallied beginning at 7 a.m. at the
Verizon Silver Spring, Md., facility.
CWAers also leafleted outside Verizon
Wireless stores from Seattle to Omaha to Orlando, standing
up for Verizon Wireless workers who also are fighting for a
"Today, Americans across the country
are saying enough is enough with corporate America's race to
the bottom. Corporations like Verizon are squeezing the
middle-class in an endless push toward low wages and no
benefits. Today, we are demanding that the American economy
start to work for the 99 percent again, not just for the
Verizon top 1 percent," said Ron Collins, CWA chief of
"Companies like Verizon represent all
that is wrong with our economy today: billions in profits,
millions for executives, and cuts for everyone else. Today's
Day of Action is about more than the 45,000 Verizon workers
still without a contract, this fight is about the future of
the middle class itself."
A rally was held the morning of
October 26, 2011 in support of Local 7704's ADT members. The
Company's "Best & Final" offer included splitting seniority,
refusing successorship even though the Company is being
split up, and concessions for their high volume members.
The Union Bargaining Committee has
recommended a no vote.
National Day of Action was April 4, 2011.
District 7 participated in many events.
Below are rally happenings from
Portland, Oregon and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Also is photo galley of pictures.
From Madelyn Elder,
President, CWA Local 7901:
"Local 7901 joined other
labor organizations for a rally in honor of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Approximately 10 members
20 Cab Drivers also distributed and collected
surveys in support of a Union Cab Cooperative.
We had red t-shirt day internally at all
From Lawrence Sandoval,
"As you may know, we had our
Tri-State (MN, ND and SD) Meeting in Sioux Falls
SD on April 4, 2011. On that day we joined with
the SD AFL-CIO, other labor and community groups
to conduct our Day of Action. We had from 150 to
200 participants attend."
began in Wisconsin and Ohio is spreading like
wildfire across the United States, with huge
pro-worker rallies in cities nationwide and a
new poll showing Americans strongly support
collective bargaining rights for public
The USA Today/Gallup poll, released Tuesday,
showed that 61 percent of respondents would
oppose a bill in their state like the one being
pushed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to kill
public sector collective bargaining.
From New York to Alaska, Washington state,
California, Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina,
Massachusetts and other states as well as Puerto
Rico, tens of thousands of Americans are
demonstrating in support of the Midwest's
embattled workers. Thousands of others are
standing up against their own state lawmakers'
attempts to kill workers' rights.
In Washington, D.C., CWA members were among more
than 1,000 activists who rallied Wednesday in
front of the Capitol Hill offices for Walker's
lobbyists. Walker set off the firestorm of
protests two weeks ago when he announced his
intent to end public employee bargaining and
threatened to use the National Guard if workers
demonstrated or went on strike.
In Minnesota, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and
other public officials boldly rallied with a
crowd supporting Wisconsin’s workers. Dayton
said he would stop any so-called "right-to-work"
legislation and other anti-union measures.
"There's no justification for drastic action in
Minnesota," he said. "We will not let Minnesota
As the protests grew this week, even some
Republican governors distanced themselves from
Walker, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and others trying
to repeal collective bargaining for public
workers. A spokesman for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom
Corbett said the state would conduct public
sector contract talks "in good faith." Tea
Party-backed Gov. Rick Scott in Florida said,
"My belief is as long as people know what
they're doing, collective bargaining is fine."
Below are some pictures from
the State Capital Rally in Des Moines, Iowa on
February 22, 2011 against the Public Sector
in Wisconsin have swelled to more than 70,000,
over 2000 rallying in Denver. What the
protesters are doing in Wisconsin is working.
Workers who are under attack,
and the communities that know and respect them
have created such a powerful show of solidarity
that all 14 Democratic members of the Wisconsin
state Senate left the Senate chambers in
protest, indefinitely delaying a vote on
Governor Scott Walker’s anti-worker bill. And
Republicans are starting to waver.
This is the kind of strength it takes to win. We
need to make our voices heard whenever and
wherever attacks occur, in Wisconsin and in our
The electricity and energy and solidarity we’re
seeing with Wisconsin workers is truly
unprecedented. But it is only the beginning.
Now, as one supporter said to us on Twitter, “We
must keep the momentum going & growing. Now is
the time & we cannot give in or up.” That’s true
in Wisconsin, and it’s just as true in all our
CWA: Dex One Media plans to outsource nearly 100
jobs to the Philippines, while the rest of the
nation is focused on job creation to help the
economy. (Press Release - February
Denver, CO - Dex
One is following through on its plans to eliminate 94
American jobs, 66 of which are in Colorado.
members from around the state are planning a protest at 2
Dex One locations in Denver. Dex One locations are at 9380
Station St, Lonetree, CO and 9501 E Panorama Cir, Englewood,
CWA District 7
Vice President Mary Taylor said, "Creating and sustaining
good jobs is something that persons of all political
persuasions and from all walks of life agree is in the best
interest of all Americans. It is disappointing and
disheartening that Dex One’s decision would send these jobs
overseas at this time.”
Agent Jana Smith-Carr stated that “Dex One could easily
create the same amount of cost savings if 40 of the
executives would simply take a 10% wage reduction instead of
a 100% cut for 94 workers.”
CWA and other
organizations in the progressive community, including
national civil rights, environmental and labor groups,
encourage all Dex One advertisers to let Dex One know that
this is not acceptable behavior.
700,000 workers in communications, media,
airlines, manufacturing, public service and health care.
- Dion Buhman says he knew it was bad when he heard his
15-year-old son scream from the chairlift right behind him.
Something was wrong with his wife. He could see she was
passed out, and he could see his son struggle to keep her
from falling over.
They were on the South Peak Chairlift at Steamboat Springs.
It's what makes his next statement so strange.
"This happened in the best place," he said.
When they got to the top of the lift, Dion Buhman
immediately tried to feel a pulse. Tanya Buhman, 39, was
unconscious. He started CPR.
This is bad, he thought.
"I thought I was going to lose her on that mountain," he
Members of the Steamboat Ski Patrol arrived quickly. Three
of them came armed with automated external defibrillators or
AEDs. One of them came from close to two miles away, says
John Kohnke, the Steamboat Ski Patrol director.
"He skied quite fast [to get there]," he said.
That AED was the one used to bring Tanya Buhman back to
life. It's one of 14 on the mountain.
This all happened last Thursday as the Buhman family was
simply trying to enjoy another New Year's trip to Steamboat.
They're from Minnesota. Dion Buhman says he now has one more
reason to love the ski area.
"I owe my wife's life to the actions of that team. They did
everything right," he said.
The family is now in Loveland at the Medical Center of the
Rockies. They were flown there on Monday. Tanya Buhman is
doing better, says Dion Buhman. He still doesn't know why
her heart stopped. Nothing like this had ever happened
before. Doctors want to put in an internal defibrillator to
make sure nothing like this ever happens again.
Jon Feigas is an 11-year veteran of the Steamboat Ski
Patrol. This was the first time he has ever saved a life.
"It's a really powerful feeling," he said.
But he's also a tad modest, and for good reason.
"Just about anybody in 15 minutes can be trained how to use
an AED," he said.
"It's a priceless feeling," Kohnke said. "This was a great
way to start the new year."
Dion Buhman can only think about the "what ifs". What if
this had happened somewhere else? What if it had happened
while the family was on the road? What if it happened in the
For some reason, it happened on a ski lift. The best
possible place, he thinks now. Without that AED, he says, he
knows his wife wouldn't have made it.
two years of effort the CWA was able to pass legislation in
Washington State aimed at increasing both access and
adoption of broadband. The 2009
Washington State legislature passed broadband legislation HB
1701 with a focuses on access and adoption barriers.
Technology Committee chairman, Representative McCoy,
designated long time CWA member Representative Zack Hudgins
as legislative lead on all broadband legislation.
Representative Hudgins introduced four bills: HB
1699 High-speed internet adoption, HB 1698 Broadband
adoption, HB 1700 High-speed internet infrastructure, and HB
1701 which was redrafted to include the most significant
components ofthe previous
bills. Senator Jeanne Kohl-Wells,
our Senate champion, worked with Representative Hudgins and
other legislators and introduced SB 5916 and SB 5917 which
were companion bills to those introduced in the House, and
combined into HB1701 to produce the final bill. HB1701
can be read in its entirety at:
After many public
hearings, amendments, and stakeholder group meetings, HB
1701 was rewritten to include the consensus of most
stakeholders. The Department of Information Services is
tasked with implementing the legislation. The new law
accomplishes the following:
Creates a Washington State data collection and
Establishes Community Technology Opportunity
Reestablishes the high-speed internet workgroup,
renamed Advisory Council on Digital Inclusion,
to oversee the expansion of broadband in
Designates an agency as an entity for
application purpose of the broadband data
improvement act P.L. 110-385
Designates a state agency to implement broadband
policy and services
The legislation was
drafted, in part, so that the state could capitalize on the
approximately $7.2 billion in the ARRA earmarked for
broadband initiatives. With the Governor’s signature on May
15th 2009 the CWA has taken another step forward to ensure
job security for CWA members and enhance the lives of
Washington residents through broadband access and literacy
month, the Arizona
State Employees Association held
it's Third Annual Lobby
Day. This lobby was to let people know that we
deserve meaningful pay raises and need to improve our jobs and