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

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