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CWA 4340 Latest News & Updates:


Ohio HB 402 & Microcell Legislation

This week, The Ohio Telecom Association and AT&T were looking for support on a Microcell Bill that would drop soon. The Bill is a rehash of the Telecom Microcell Bill previously passed in, what some believe, an illegal Bill that violated Ohio’s single subject law. Historically, Bills in Ohio have been One Bill-One Subject.



The 2017 Microcell Legislation was packaged with Puppy Mill and Anti-Minimum Wage Bills and passed by the Ohio House and Senate. CWA opposed the Bill at that time; and it was passed on, pretty much, a party line vote. Dozens of cities and municipalities filed suit against Ohio for passing this bill as a violation of Single Subject and Home Rule.  


It now appears that, instead of fighting this in court for years, the State has negotiated with the major city mayors to the point they now support a new version of the Bill.  This Bill has not been assigned a number yet but, according to sources, will be dropped in the Government Accountability Committee soon.


Another piece of Legislation, HB 402, which limits Service Standards on basic telco service, limits PUCO authority over mergers and buy-outs, changes Lifeline rules, and allows higher rate increases on these lines (see attached HB402-I), had its first hearing on Jan 16.     


We need you to call your House Reps and Senators at 1-800-282-0253 and advise them that the Communications Workers of America opposes HB 402 because it hurts customer service, hurts those on lifeline, and hurts our members' job security.


We also oppose any Microcell Legislation because, to date, our members have not been assured this new Microcell work. Please encourage the Representatives to make the Telecoms accountable in guaranteeing all new work derived is assured to our members.


CWA Joe Beirne Foundation’s 2018-2019 Scholarship

Apply now for Joe Beirne Scholarships of $4,000.00 each for the 2018-2019 school year, and another $4,000.00 for 2019-2020.

Eligible are CWA Members, their spouses, children and grandchildren (including those of laid-off, retired or deceased members) planning for college.

Final Deadline for application is April 30, 2018.

For more information and to fill out and submit the application form, please visit:


Corporate Bond Rates 2018

To: All AT&T Union Members

The corporate bond rates have been published.  The new corporate bond rates affect the value of AT&T lump sum pensions, which will change in the 2018 calendar year. 

CLICK HERE to Read More/View Corporate Bond Rates for 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018


Bonus is nice. Job Security, even better!

To CWA Members:

 AT&T has announced a $1000 bonus to all employees because of the GOP tax plan. Our reply:  

 You can’t buy our approval.

 The bonus you are touting is the blood money from those you announced termination to 10 days before Christmas. The mass emails you send to the hard working employees of this Company thanking them for their dedication and sacrifice are a mockery.    No amount of praise will numb the damage done to our Brothers and Sisters as they spend the Holidays desperately trying to plan how they will continue to provide for their families.

 Do the right thing.

Cancel the planned 1st quarter surplus at AT&T.  Take these tax breaks that you are lavishing praise on and use them to train our Members for the work that is to come. Let your words and your actions speak in unison. The 7000 hard hat jobs you promised can start with not sending over 1800 to the unemployment line come January 2018.

Show the nation that these tax cuts truly will benefit the working families of America.  We are waiting for you to do the right thing.

In Solidarity,

CWA State Council of Ohio


P.S. This "bonus" is a perfect addition for members to add to their strike funds.


CWA Local 4340 Final Certificate of Results for the Presidential Election

The Final Results for the 2017 Presidential Election were as Follows:

**Gary Kundrat- 348

Tim Phillips- 119



2018 Union Plus Scholarship Program

The Union Plus Scholarship Program

Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education.

Over 2,800 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, supported in part by contributions from the provider of the Union Plus Credit Card. (You DO NOT need to be a Union Plus Credit Card holder to apply for this scholarship.) 

This scholarship is open to current and retired members in good standing of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2018.

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