Communications Workers fight for broadband expansion and other infrastructure improvements

In these modern times, the definition of infrastructure has changed. Infrastructure is no longer limited to roads and bridges, but now includes communications systems, the electrical grid and access to quality internet.

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) are advocating for a sweeping infrastructure plan that includes state-of-the-art communication systems. CWA District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews described what he believes should be included in a federal infrastructure bill and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Labor groups advocate for broadband expansion, telecommunications regulation

While Democrats have stalled without a 60 member super majority in the Senate, members of the labor community are calling on them to take action to subvert the filibuster rule.

Communications Workers of America District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews explained how Senate Democrats can get around the filibuster and why they need to do it as soon as possible. He also discussed the expansion of broadband to rural America and poor inner city neighborhoods. Continue reading

Unions push back against restrictive elections legislation

Throughout the U.S., state governments with a Republican majority have worked to pass laws that many in the labor movement believe limits the ability to vote.

Communications Workers of America District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews explained what the federal government is doing to stop these restrictive laws. He also discussed Ohio-centric issues, such as a plant threatening to close production and a bill to keep call center jobs in the state. Continue reading

Union favorability increases organizing in the media

With union favorability on the rise, journalists and other members of the media are organizing at a record pace. The low pay and poor treatment of news workers is causing them to seek representation in hopes of better working conditions.

With the high volume of ongoing organizing, AWF Union Podcast welcomed NewsGuild-CWA President Jon Schleuss to the show to discuss their ongoing efforts throughout the country, especially in New York City. Continue reading

Politicians wise up to call center jobs being shipped overseas

Communications workers have been seeing their work head overseas for decades. According to some in the industry, lawmakers are finally catching on and looking for ways to punish companies who move operations overseas.

One such industry professional is Communications Workers of America District 4 Director Frank Mathews. Mathews discussed protecting call center jobs, voting rights, the filibuster and more when he appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Google workers seek organization with the Alphabet Workers Union

In December, a group of courageous Google workers banded together and decided they would try something yet to be accomplished, form a union within Google.

Communications Workers of America District 4 Director Frank Mathews discussed the mistreatment of big tech workers, how President-elect Joe Biden will help the labor community and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

CWA Admin. Director talks about obstacles President-elect Biden will have upon taking office

The incoming administration will have their hands full with finding ways to right the wrongs at the National Labor Relations Board, provide relief to Americans and more.

Communications Workers of America District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews discussed what he expects from the incoming Biden administration, how CWA members are faring in California and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

CWA District 4 Administrative Director details Biden’s pro-worker campaign and looks for him to deliver

Throughout the United States, union members are being celebrated for elevating President-elect Joe Biden to victory.

Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the Biden win means for union members, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and what it means to protect the vote. Continue reading

CWA Administrative Director discusses voting plans and more

Communications Workers of America District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews discussed the issues workers should consider before voting, the United States Postal Service issues, COVID-19 relief legislation and more on the Sept. 8 episode America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Frank Mathews from Communications Workers of America on America’s Work Force Radio

Frank Mathews, Administrative Director to the Vice President with the Communications Workers of America was one of two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

Communication Workers of AmericaOn Oct. 9, Frank Mathews made an appearance on America’s Work Force and he talked about elections and voting, the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (new NAFTA), drug companies and drug prices, and airline workers most recent victory. Mathews discussed how on Oct. 9, it was last day to register to vote in Ohio and to go make sure that you are registered to vote, and if you think you are registered, go double check; the best way to make your voice heard is to vote! When talking about the USMCA, Mathews said that the USMCA did nothing to help the working person and it is not preventing jobs from being off-shored or outsourced. He also mentioned how it was going to work with drug companies to lower the drug prices, which never happened. To finish his time on the show, Mathews talks about a huge airline workers victory with getting an 8 hour rest time after flights. Little by little, day by day, the workers are gaining the rights they deserve.

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Cleveland Building and Construction Trades CouncilOur second guest was a frequent on the show, Dave Wondolowski. While on the show, Wondolowski also stressed the importance of registering and going out to vote. He talked briefly on Kelley & Ferraro and the benefits of the work that they do, the ECOT scandal and how money is being lost and how unfair it is to the families, and smear campaigns in the commercials right now during the Cordray and Dewine debates. Wondolowski also talked about how early voting is beneficial because it gives you the time to sit down, read things over, make an educated vote, and be able to properly fill out the ballot. To finish his time on the show, Wondolowski talked about what the building trades will be up to from now until November 6th, and construction jobs in Ohio are looking strong for the 4th quarter and are expecting to remain strong for the next 24 months!

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed how far the Cordray and Dewine smear campaigns are willing to go, the AFL-CIO being proactive and distributing informative leaflets, how important voting and registering to vote is, and teacher’s activism going on around the country right now!


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