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As Union Members And As Americans, We Support Hillary Clinton

Chris Shelton | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

The nomination of Secretary Hillary Clinton for President of the United States at the Democratic National Convention this week is a historic step forward for our nation, and the Communications Workers of America and I are proud to stand with her to build an America that works for working families.

CWA Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

Chris Shelton | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

Donald Trump also has been telling us exactly what he would do. He supports "right to work" laws that weaken workers' bargaining rights. He thinks the minimum wage is too high and that workers who want good jobs should accept lower wages.

A Strike For All Working Families

Chris Shelton | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

Let's talk about something that is truly extraordinary. On April 13, nearly 40,000 workers walked out the door at Verizon. After ten months of frui...

Workers Supporting Trump Is Like Chickens Supporting Colonel Sanders

Chris Shelton | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

It's about more than just a list of issues. Trump preys on working-class Americans' anxieties about their stagnant wages and crumbling dreams and turns those anxieties into hatred of immigrants.

My Message to the DNC's Platform Drafting Committee

Chris Shelton | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

The goal for all working families remains a secure, sustainable job and a real improvement in our standard of living. Here's how we get there.

Verizon And Unions Reach 'Tentative Agreement' To End Strike

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.27.2016 | Business

Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Friday that telecom giant Verizon and two unions representing its workers reached a tentative agreement that will end a...

Taking on Wall Street

Chris Shelton | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) is playing a leading role in the fight to Take On Wall Street because our members, like millions of workin...

Verizon's $300 Million Shell Game in Boston and Cross-Subsidizing Wireless

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon told Boston that they were going to be spending about $300 million over 6 years to upgrade the city to FiOS -- a fiber-to-the-home service. But according to Verizon's Francis Shammo, the money really isn't being 'spent'.

Corporate Greed vs Critical Infrastructure: Greed Won. America Lost.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink control and have a monopoly over the state-based utility wires. State by state they had an obligation to not only maintain but to upgrade the states' critical infrastructure. They failed.

Are the Salaries of Verizon's Executives Being Charged to Low Income Families?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.01.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

While I personally don't care how much someone makes a year or their net worth, in this case, I care when the salaries and other compensation somehow end up being paid for by local phone customers in an expense item called "Corporate Operations.'

Bernie Sanders Joins Verizon Workers On Picket Line

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics

Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) boosted the cause of striking Verizon workers on Wednesday, joining them on a picket line in New York...

Verizon CWA and IBEW Union Members Go on Strike: America's Communications Future Is at Stake.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.13.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Whether you do or do not care about unions or their members, this is more about a plan by Verizon to eliminate expenses and the networks that they don't want to maintain or even upgrade, even though you paid for that to happen multiple times.

Bernie Sanders Picks Up A Big Union Endorsement

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) picked up a major union endorsement for his presidential bid on Thursday after the Communications Workers of America said ...

Uh-oh! Verizon NY's Local Service Network Expenses Were $9.8 Billion From 2009-2014, Not $200 Million.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.06.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This means that Local Service, in just New York State, could have been overcharged $9.8 billion dollars from 2009-2014. It also means that the multiple rate increases since 2006 on regular local phone service, totaling about $750.00 a line, was probably just customer overcharging.

Did Rate Increases on Verizon N.Y.'s Basic Phone Service Pay for the Use of the Corporate Jet by Verizon's CEO?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.23.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Billions in "Corporate Operation" expenses are being dumped annually into the state utilities to make "Local Service" look unprofitable. It would app...

Aviation's Poisoned Air: Aerotoxic Syndrome

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.26.2016 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

I have never been a great airplane passenger. I prefer to be on the ground. Now that I have learned about Aerotoxic Syndrome, a heath issue not in the public domain, I have a new concern.

Is Verizon Planning on Becoming an All-Wireless-Only Company: Who Needs the Wires Anyway?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.24.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Of course almost everyone reading this has a cell phone. But, you may have been misled if you believe that the wires don't matter or that wireless services alone are the future.

Dave Jamieson

Bernie Sanders' Campaign Just Got A Big Boost

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The longtime leader of one of the country’s most powerful labor unions is joining the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie ...

New York City's Audit of Verizon's Fiber Optic Roll Out Exposes 'Weasel Room' Mathematics

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.18.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

By July 2014, 100 percent of New York City's residential households should have been able to get FiOS cable service delivered over a fiber optic wire that was supposed to replace the aging copper-based infrastructure.

Verizon Is 'Killing the Copper' and Is Now Denying It

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.11.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon's media department should really read their own CEO's statements before they open their mouths in the press. CEO Lowell McAdam and other senior management have said over and over that the company is "shutting off the copper" to force customers onto Verizon's inferior and expensive wireless services. Yet Verizon is denying that they have such a plan.

Obama's Fast Track Attack on Women

Martha Burk | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Martha Burk

The President is asking for "fast track" authority to let the White House be the sole negotiator on the Trans Pacific Partnership. The so-called partnership is an insult to all U.S. workers, with many provisions that will hurt women the most.

Verizon's Coverage Area of NYC for Fiber Optic FiOS Is a Miserable 46% to 59%; Upstate NY Is Worse

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.04.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon NY (VNY) is supposed to have 100% of New York City upgraded, replacing the aging copper-based networks with a fiber optic infrastructure for the delivery of a service called FiOS that offers cable TV, High-speed Internet and Digital Phone services.

TPP: Warren Versus Zients. Warren Wins

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Even the President admits there is reason to be skeptical based on past trade agreements. This time let's read the 1,200 pages before we write a blank check based on wishful thinking.

Fight Back Against Fast Track

Larry Cohen | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Except for corporate management and their large shareholders, the rest of us will lose big if Fast Track is adopted, making TPP a certainty.

Dave Jamieson

Feds Rule Employers Can't Stop You From Organizing Over Work Email

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- In a significant win for labor unions, federal regulators ruled Thursday that employers can't prevent their workers from using company e...