Maximus workers seek to unionize in bid for better healthcare and pay

Frank Mathews, Administrative Director for the Communication Workers of America (CWA) District 4, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss efforts by workers at Maximus to organize with the CWA to improve healthcare benefits and pay. Continue reading

Bank employees secure rare union contract

Last month, workers at Beneficial State Bank ratified their first union contract, an agreement with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7901 and Local 9412. The contract covers 96 workers at 13 bank branches in Oregon, California and Washington, including bankers, consumer loan servicing representatives, loan processors, underwriters, file clerks and custodial staff.

CWA District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what he thinks this contract means for the banking industry and why he thinks it could have a domino effect across the country. Continue reading

A Democratic Capitol Hill is good for labor legislation and working families

Frank Mathews, Administrative Director of Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 4, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss a number of life altering pieces of legislation and how Congress’ actions could benefit working families for decades to come.

He also discussed the CWA’s awarding of the Red Boxing Glove award, the Union’s highest legislative award, to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) in honor of their fight for working families. Continue reading

Union convinces management to adapt remote workplace COVID-19 safety measures

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, some employers were not forthcoming with information about employees becoming ill and how it might affect the safety of other workers.

After word that an employee fell ill with COVID-19 in March of 2020, Conduent employees showed up to work with little information about their coworker and few guidelines when it came to workplace safety. Continue reading

Success through solidarity — the struggles of unionization

Union organizing can be a contentious process, as management sometimes uses tactics to limit union activity. Even when workers do successfully vote to organize, management sometimes tries to make a first contract difficult to negotiate.

However, if workers stick together, they can win a stronger contract and grow as a union. In the end, they are stronger together and can overcome anti-union tactics with perseverance and camaraderie.

Steve Lawton, President of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1102, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss his efforts to organize workers and stand up to management’s union busting tactics. Continue reading

What will more accessible broadband internet mean to working families?

According to the White House, more than 30 million Americans do not have access to quality broadband internet. As Congress considers a bipartisan infrastructure bill, about $65 billion has been earmarked to expand broadband access.

Frank Mathews, Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 4 Administrative Director, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the potential effects of broadband expansion in rural and inner-city America. He also discussed the PRO Act and his Union’s efforts to urge leaders to back the proposed bill. Continue reading

CWA launches initiative to expand broadband in the U.S.

Crafting an infrastructure bill for 2021 and beyond is different than it was 50 years ago. Today, the internet is used in everyday life for many different purposes. Congressional and union leaders are working to ensure broadband improvements are added into any future infrastructure bill.

Kojak Valentine, Communications Workers of America Local 4008 Unit Vice President-IEFS, explained the importance of expanded broadband on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He also discussed the Build Broadband Better project and how it affects Americans. Continue reading

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