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New Stewards Training Held in Tucson, AZ for Local 7026


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.



Left to 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.


Rhoda V. Hailey, CWA Representative, AZ, CO.
 
 
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.
 
To view the photo album from the District 7 meeting, please click here.


T-Mobile Rally in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Please click picture for bigger view.


Watch as Larry Cohen gives a heart felt message in support of ALS Research at the 2014 CWA District 7 Conference in Albuquerque, NM.


 

2013 District 7 Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Delegates 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.

Presentations from the District 7 Conference are available on the Local Officer site.

2013 Nominees for the Nebraska State AFL-CIO Labor Leader's Hall of Fame

Larry Maupin, member of Local 7400, was selected for the Nebraska AFL-CIO Hall of Fame. We are very proud of Larry and his achievements.

UNION INVOLVEMENT 

Larry 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. 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 

Larry has always been very involved in the Community. He has served as an active member, volunteering 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 RECOGNITION 

Larry and Sharon were recently awarded the Chairman's Award from the Douglas County Democratic Party at the 2013 Truman Dinner. 

In 2004 he was awarded the Douglas County Democratic Party Special Recognition Award 

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 grandchildren.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS 

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 committed Unionist understanding the value of the Labor Movement for working men and women. CWA Local 7400 feels very strongly that Larry truly has been an OUTSTANDING Labor 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.

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(Download this entire article by clicking here.)  

Winner of iPad for the CWA Political Action Fund (PAF)

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!

Kai Hipple with Jeanne Stewart, President, Local 7803

Colorado Rally of Avaya Outsourcing Jobs

(Submitted by Local 7777)

Avaya Inc is outsourcing Colorado Jobs.  Outsourcing hurts families, students, homemakers, taxpayers, local business and our economy.  Colorado taxpayers should not subsidize Avaya's profit margin, nor should they bear the burden of business failures, foreclosures, unemployment and higher taxes caused by outsourcing.  A rally took place and you see the pictures by clicking below.

Please click here to see the Rally.

Click here to see the Commercial that CWA Local 7777 has been airing on CBS.

Call the Avaya CEO - 908-953-7300 

Tell Avaya to keep our jobs in Colorado! 

US CALL CENTER WORKER AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT (H.R. 3596)

BRING CALL CENTER JOBS HOME

 

RISKY RESCUE: Officers Save Waukee Woman

(Posted on: 6:53 pm, May 23, 2012, by Jannay Towne from WHOTV.com, updated on: 06:54pm, May 23, 2012, Submitted by Local 7102.org.) 

In a dramatic rescue yesterday, two Waukee police officers, one the Vice President of Local 7102, carried a woman to safety after she was trapped inside her burning home.  While the family of the victim calls them heroes, the two officers say they were just doing their jobs. “We gotta go up town.  The house blew up,” says Shirley Petty.

Even 24 hours later, Petty still can’t believe what happened.  A gas leak sparked an explosion splitting the house that she rents to her son and daughter-in-law in half.

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.

Vice President
Bill Daggett, Local 7102

Tracy Petty couldn’t make it out on her own and the officers couldn’t see her in the thick smoke.  Finding her was the longest 38 seconds of their lives and the three got out just in time.

There was that gut check like you know what we just did, we could’ve died.   If it had been five seconds one way, we would’ve been in that entry - in that turn in the entry way coming in towards the door when all of that flash fired,” says Daggett.

“They saved her life.  She wouldn’t have made it if they hadn’t have been there,” says Petty. 

While the thanks is appreciated, the officers say it isn’t necessary.

“I would rather it be my lieutenant having to explain to my wife why I’m not here or why I’m not in the hospital than having to live with I didn’t go in the door and we didn’t go get her,” says Daggett.

“It’s just our job.  I’m pretty sure any other officer would have done the same in that situation,” says Spoerry. 

Tracy Petty agreed to talk to us, but later changed her mind.  Her son says she is still in shock and the stress of what happened is too much for her right now.   The Pettys are staying with family until they find a new place to live.

To watch a video and read more about this story, please go to: http://whotv.com/2012/05/23/risky-rescue-waukee-officers-carry-woman-to-safety/.

T-Mobile Rally in Bellevue, WA.

T-Mobile 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.

Bellevue WA. Newspaper article:

http://www.bellevuereporter.com/news/147682735.html

King 5 article:

http://www.king5.com/news/Dozens-gather-to-send-message-to-T-Mobile-147702595.html

YouTube Video: Watch a video of the Bellevue protest here.

Photo Galley of Pictures of the rally:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31822991@N03/sets/72157629839919227/

American Crystal Sugar and Cooper Tire Lock Employees out of their Jobs

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.

On 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 jobs.

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 workforces.

“We have helped the company [Crystal Sugar] make record profits for the last five years,” noted Jacobson.

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.

(Download this as a flyer   )

  Please visit the photo gallery concerning these events

Verizon's National Day of Action Around the Country

Across 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 fair contract.

"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 staff.

"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."

For more about Verizon and Verizon Wireless bargaining, go to www.unityatverizon.com.

Photos from around the Country provided by the National:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cwaunion/sets/72157629652673505/

Photos from District 7 (Recently added Photos of Grand Forks, North Dakota on March 29, 2012)

Tacoma, WA, Omaha, NE, Denver, CO and Grand Forks, ND.

Rally Held in Support of Local 7704's ADT Members

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.

 

 

 

District 7 National Day of Action Events

http://www.cwaaction.org

The 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 participated.

20 Cab Drivers also distributed and collected surveys in support of a Union Cab Cooperative.

We had red t-shirt day internally at all bargaining units."

From Lawrence Sandoval, CWA Representative:

"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."

Click here to view a photo galley, over 100 pictures from Seattle, WA, Denver, CO., Portland OR, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Salt Lake City, UT.
Recently added photos from Local 7201, in St. Paul Minnesota.

 

Lobby for Trade Deals in Iowa

(Submitted by Alison Grovo, Staff Support, Iowa)

This is a picture of Laurie Soroka and Kerry Bowen from Local 7102 with Congressman Leonard Boswell on Lobby for Trade Deals in Iowa

Wisconsin Solidarity - Iowa Rally

What 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 employees.

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 become Wisconsin."

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 Bargaining Bill.

Barb Harrington Retiree

 

Iowa Rally

 

Iowa Rally

 

CWA Members

 

Mark Rocha and Alison Grovo

 

Midge and Garcia Retirees

Wisconsin Support Rally in Denver

Crowds 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 own states.

Watch the amazing video.

http://vimeo.com/20089255

Then, sign our statement of solidarity.

http://act.aflcio.org/c/18/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1551

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 communities.

In Solidarity,

Manny Herrmann
Online Mobilization Coordinator, AFL-CIO

Rally in Denver

Dex One Media Intended Outsourcing of Jobs to the Philippines

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 17, 2011)

 

Denver, CO - Dex One is following through on its plans to eliminate 94 American jobs, 66 of which are in Colorado. 

Today, CWA 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, CO 80111. 

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.” 

CWA Bargaining 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.

CWA represents 700,000 workers in communications, media, airlines, manufacturing, public service and health care. 

 

 

Al Kogler
CWA District 7 Media Spokesperson
303.770.2822
akogler@cwa-union.org

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 Husband, Ski Patrol Help Save Woman at Top of Lift

(Submitted by Lew Ellingson, CWA Representative)

DENVER - 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 said.

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 plane?

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.


(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation) 

(The Ski Patrollers are members of CWA Local 7781)

Workers Remembered in Idaho ......

(Submitted by Dirk Marsden)

Attached is a Video from KVI News, Located in Pocatello, ID., concerning National Observance of Worker's Memorial Day, the day to commemorate workers who have died while working on the job. 

It promotes safety awareness on the job, and you may view the Video or download the video by clicking here.

CWA’s Speed Matters Effort Pays Off

(Submitted by Gail Love, CWA Political Director)

After 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 of the 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:

 http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2009-10/Pdf/Bills/House%20Passed%20Legislature/1701-S2.PL.pdf 

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 mapping initiative.
Establishes Community Technology Opportunity Programs.
Reestablishes the high-speed internet workgroup, renamed Advisory Council on Digital Inclusion, to oversee the expansion of broadband in Washington.
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 programs. 

Arizona State Employees Association Third Annual Lobby Day

Last 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 working conditions.

Attached are two video links.

  You Tube - Third Annual Lobby Day - Part One

  You Tube - Third Annual Lobby Day - Part Two

 


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