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Ohio Lame Duck Telecom Admendment

To all CWA Local 4340 Members @ AT&T:

Recently, AT&T has been contacting our members asking you to contact your State Representative to support an admendment to a "Lame Duck" Bill.  Please read the following response from CWA District 4 to all Ohio CWA Local Presidents about this admendment.


To: Ohio Local Presidents
 Some of our members are being asked by their employers to email the Legislature regarding a Lame Duck Amendment being introduced this week.
 Below is the CWA D4 position: Topic Micro Wireless Facilities
 CWA D4 became aware of this potential Lame Duck amendment 2 days ago, the same day employees were notified by Company Email. This is an amendment to an existing Lame Duck Bill.

While on the surface this amendment appears to expedite legal and "right of way" channels for installation and deployment of small cell technology for the wireless telecoms. The devil is often in the details, which will have almost an impossible time being addressed and answered in a 8 day Lame Duck session.

We have heard Cities, Municipalities and Counties are pushing back on this amendment becauseof what appear to be "Home Rule" issues.

So many questions remain for CWA D4, that we will remain NEUTRAL on this amendment.
It is also our opinion, that any Telecom legislation is so important that it should be addressed in its own Bill, in a proper subcommittee and in General Sessions with plenty of hearings.   

CWA Membership Poll is Open

CWA's political website,, is live and our membership poll of Presidential candidates is open.

This is where you'll find information about all the declared candidates, along with an online poll for members to make their views known.

CWA President Chris Shelton said, "It's all part of the process to determine whether and how our union will endorse a Presidential candidate."




Expanding Lifeline Program Will Help Close Digital Divide

Washington, D.C. -- In comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission today, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) called for specific measures to modernize and expand the Lifeline program to make broadband service more affordable and accessible to lower-income families.

Read the complete filing here.

“High-speed broadband service is as essential to modern life today as telephone service was in the last century,” CWA President Chris Shelton said. “The Lifeline program must be updated to break through the digital divide and acknowledge the fundamental reality that Internet access is ‘truly a lifeline to the outside world.’”



NLRB Browning-Ferris Decision

Washington, DC – The Communications Workers of America (CWA) issued this statement regarding the National Labor Relation Board’s ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries:

“For too long, US employers have used temporary and contract employees to evade their responsibilities to workers and to purposely block workers from organizing and bargaining collectively.



Thousands of Working Ohioans Show Up to Protest a Koch Brothers Summit

More than 3,500 working people from across Ohio and neighboring states – including hundreds of CWAers – showed up in downtown Columbus, OH, last week. They came to protest a summit funded by the billionaire Koch brothers that was all about how to undermine the collective bargaining rights of American workers.

The Koch-funded group Americans for Prosperity had planned a "Defending the American Dream Summit" and Ohioans turned out in force to tell them to stop the attacks on working people.

"Thousands of Ohio working families, which included many from CWA Locals, were on hand to greet the extremist Americans for Prosperity group and let them know that 'right-to-work' is wrong for Ohio and wrong for America," CWA District 4 Vice President Linda Hinton said.


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