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14,500 American Airlines Ticket Agents Vote Overwhelmingly to Join CWA

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By Janet Elston, American Airlines Agent, Texas   After a 22 yearlong effort to obtain union representation, the Passenger Service workgroup at American Airlines finally achieved what most thought was the impossible. An overwhelming 86% yes vote to become members of the Communications Workers of America. BAM! Over the years we faced a lot of adversity.  CWA stepped up to the plate and we formed Local 6001, American Airlines Passenger Service Association (AAPSA) in Euless, TX. CWA was instrumental and assisted us every step on our journey.   It took many thousands of hours from volunteers to get to our victory. It was never easy. We worked it, every single day. Once we got one person on board, they would get another person on board. One person at a time. Until we had a legion to support the effort. Our company spent millions of dollars over the two decade period of time to brainwash a lot of our colleagues. They hired outside union busting firms to do their dirty work. CWA gave us the guidance and information we needed to make informed decisions on our campaigning. They had our backs every step of the way. Please do not be afraid to speak up, stand up and voice up. Come together in unity and solidarity. Become a force to be reckoned with. You will succeed with perseverance. Go forward with determination. I wish you well in your journey. Take back the labor movement. Never, ever, give up. Ever.
CWAdmin14,500 American Airlines Ticket Agents Vote Overwhelmingly to Join CWA
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At Verizon Communications, The Union Means Security, A Voice, and Justice on the Job

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By Jen Guilmette, Customer Service Rep, Verizon Communications, Andover, MA I have worked for Verizon Communications for the past 15 years and have been a member of the Union, Communication Workers of America, for just as long. Over the years I have witnessed and learned continually about the benefits of being a Union Worker. Being a Union member is not just about our better paying jobs and benefits, it’s also about the fact that as Union members we all stick together as a group and fight for what is right, what is just, and what is honest. After working at Verizon for a short period of time I began to witness the Union in action protecting my brothers and sisters from unjust discipline, and really caring about the well-being of all of the members. Because the union is run by the members, including me, it always looks out for everyone equally. My thoughts and opinions are listened too and taken seriously. Unlike my friends in non-union jobs, I don’t have to worry about sneezing in the wrong direction and losing my job. I know I am protected and feel like a valued member of a big family.   As time comes and goes and the economy has its ups and downs I have witnessed many friends and family become victims of corporate downsizing, and off-shoring. These same people are now waiting in unemployment lines and scrounging for lower paying jobs in a thin marketplace.  Seeing what happened to the people I care about, assured me that the best thing I ever did was becoming a Union member.   I have the peace of mind when I go home at night that my job will still be there when I wake up in the morning. I have the peace of mind that all my coworker’s families are protected because we are protected. I have the peace of mind that my voice is heard and I’m not just another economic statistic. I have the peace of mind that I do an honest day’s work for an honest day’s wage. I have the peace of mind that I AM A UNION MEMBER!
CWAdminAt Verizon Communications, The Union Means Security, A Voice, and Justice on the Job
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Interview With Colin Hull, Brooklyn VZW Sales Rep

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Last May, Brooklyn VZW retail workers voted 39 to 19 to join the Communications Workers of America. In this interview Colin explains why he decided to support a union and how it feels to be a member now that he and his co-workers have won their election. Q. How long have you worked at Verizon Wireless?  A. I have worked at Verizon Wireless for 7 years. Q. What has changed about the company since you first started working here? A. Over the years I went from loving to work for this company to considering taking my talents to South Beach so to speak… Lol.  The company started cutting commission payouts and work demands increased without additional compensation. I believe this was done only for the shortsighted benefColinit of the company and not for the employees. Q. Why did you decide that you wanted to fight for a union at Verizon Wireless?  A. I decided to fight for a union here at VZW because I felt that the pay was not equivalent to the work that I’m producing. I felt as though if my workload was increasing, so should my payout.  I also came to the realization that there was no opportunity for advancement.  Over the years of working for Verizon Wireless I have consistently proven to be a top performer.  I have won many awards as top performing in all 4 quarters also I have won THE WINNERS CIRCLE 2yrs in a row.  Even though I was producing so much for the company I was not being given the respect or compensation that my work showed I deserved. Q. How does it feel to work here now that you have a union?  A. I feel strongly it’s going to make this company a much better place to work. We have a voice on the job and a voice at the bargaining table. We as employees have a say so! I also feel we gained respect from our managers and peers!  I haven’t felt the full effect of having a union yet since we are still negotiating our first contract, but things are better already.
CWAdminInterview With Colin Hull, Brooklyn VZW Sales Rep
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