National Day of Action: Make the call for a fair and functioning democracy

Today, January 17, 2019 is a National Day of Action to fight for a fair democracy! Corporate CEOs and the wealthiest 1% have spent decades rigging the system to reduce our power and make it harder and harder to pass legislation that helps working people. It’s time to do something about it.

Call 1-888-848-4824 to tell your Congressperson:

I support the For the People Act (H.R. 1) for a fair and functioning democracy. The bill will make it easier to vote and get secret money out of our elections.

The same corporate interests that fight us at the bargaining table are stacking the rules against us when it comes to political participation. They’ve put restrictions in place that make it harder for people to vote, flooded elections with money, and weakened the rules that prevent elected officials from profiting from their public service.

The new Congressional leadership promised to make reform a top priority. The For the People Act is the first major piece of legislation they are considering this year. The bill would:

Make it easier, not harder, to vote by restoring the Voting Rights Act, implementing national voter registration, expanding early voting and ending gerrymandering.

Get big money out of our democracy by regulating big money in politics like Super PACS, requiring all political organizations to disclose their donors, and building a campaign finance system to increase and multiply the power of small donors.

Ensure public officials work for the public interest by expanding conflict of interest law, strengthening oversight of lobbyists, and more.

If those sound like changes we need to make, call your member of Congress today at 1-888-848-4824.

CWA Joe Beirne Foundation’s Scholarship

Sixteen partial college scholarships of $4,000 each are being offered for the 2019-2020 school year. Final deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is April 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. For more information and to complete and submit the application, click here.


Origin

The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation was established in October 1974 by the Communications Workers of America Executive Board to honor the name and memory of the founding President of CWA, who served for more than 30 years. In his capacity as the first CWA President, Joe Beirne took gre

at pride in the roles he played in the fields of education and learning and other areas of social concern. 

 

Eligibility
CWA members, their spouses, children and grandchildren (including dependents of laid-off, retired or deceased CWA members) may apply. Applicants must be high school graduates or at least high school students who will graduate during the year in which they apply. Undergraduate and graduate students returning to schooling may also apply. Prior winners may not reapply.

For more information and to complete and submit the application, click here.

Day After Thanksgiving

In response to your questions, CWA inquired about the status of the day after Thanksgiving. Governor Murphy will not be signing an Executive Order to close the State of NJ this Friday for non-essential employees. We are sharing this information so all members are aware.

While it has been 10 years since a Governor has closed on the day after Thanksgiving, we disagree with this decision. We had hoped that members would be able to enjoy time with their families without the use of personal leave time. We have discussed with the Governor’s office, and we expect Departments will soon be notified, that requests for time off will be granted as liberally as possible.

Although we have never before had the day after Thanksgiving off as part of our Contract, we will bring this matter up at the bargaining table. However, we continue to believe that the day after Thanksgiving should be a day when the State is closed as a matter of policy and are unwilling to trade any of our existing holidays for this day.

We wish you and your family a happy, healthy and safe holiday.