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CWA on Strike

Caution Regarding Mobilization Effort at Verizon Wireless Stores

August 12, 2011

From International President Edwin D. Hill

As you may be aware, the AFL-CIO is planning a mobilization effort over the weekend (Aug. 13-14) that will involve leafleting and/or picketing at Verizon Wireless stores across the US. CWA represents a unit of Verizon Wireless employees in New York who are on strike. IBEW Local Unions currently are on strike against Verizon Communications and not against Verizon Wireless. Because the IBEW is not on strike against Verizon Wireless, any activity by IBEW members at Verizon Wireless locations that is deemed to be picketing or is deemed to be coercive or threatening (because of large numbers of demonstrators or words that may be said or excessive noise) could be the basis for a lawsuit against the IBEW and/or IBEW Local Unions for engaging in unlawful secondary activity. While the IBEW supports CWA in its strike against Verizon Wireless, any participation by IBEW members in mobilization efforts at Verizon Wireless locations would subject the IBEW and its Local Unions to great financial risk. A resulting lawsuit for unlawful secondary activity could result in a costly award of Section 303 damages. As a result, I am directing IBEW Local Unions and members focus their efforts at locations where the IBEW is on strike and not engage in any activity at Verizon Wireless stores.

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No Jobs in Budget Deal

by Tula Connell

Aug 2, 2011

Where are the jobs? Not in the budget agreement reached over the weekend and passed 269-161 last night by the House. The budget deal, which the Senate passed moments ago, is bad  for our country and especially bad for working people. It undermines the nation’s ability to solve the real crisis—America’s jobs crisis.

The deal hurts working families by:

  • Not making the smart public investments we desperately need to restore America’s place in the world.
  • Cutting programs that are helping working families keep a toehold on the ladder to the middle class while refusing to hold hedge fund managers and other millionaires and billionaires responsible for paying their fair share.
  • Virtually ensuring that Congress will spend another four months focused on budget-cutting instead of jobs and investment in the future. This means the fight to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid has just begun.


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We Are One Buttons & Pins

Show Solidarity with Workers Under Attack—Buy a Button or Pin

by James Parks, Apr 12, 2011

The struggle to save the nation’s middle class from the assaults of Republican governors and legislators continues to grow as more and more people realize that strong unions provide a counterbalance to runaway corporate power.

You can show your support of those who are on the frontlines of the struggle by purchasing “We Are One” buttons and lapel pins or a  “Stand With Wisconsin” tee. When someone asks what the message means, you can tell them you’re standing in solidarity with millions of working people from every walk of life for the right to bargain collectively for good, middle-class jobs.


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We Are One

‘We Are One’ Reverberates Across Nation and Globe

by Mike Hall

Apr 5, 2011

From Pocatello, Idaho, to Paris, France, and in hundreds of big cities and small towns in between, workers and community, civil rights, student and faith activists yesterday said We Are One with workers in Wisconsin, Ohio and everywhere middle-class jobs are under attack.

The first wave of more than 1,200 events that ran through this week coincided with the 43rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, Tenn., where he was helping sanitation workers fight for justice, workers’ rights and a voice with AFSCME.


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Jobs? What Jobs? Jobless Tell Congress: ‘Maintain Unemployment Insurance Now’

by Mike Hall, AFL-CIO NOW BLOG
December 1, 2010

Local 26 members were among the 300 "unemployed workers from around the nation are on Capitol Hill this afternoon to tell their stories and urge Congress to act now to maintain UI benefits for long-term jobless workers. At a press conference with the jobless workers, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler said:



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