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Scholarship Opportunities for CWA Members

CWA Joe Beirne Scholarship

The application for the CWA Joe Beirne Foundation’s 2021-2022 Scholarship is now available. The online application can be found here. Eligible are CWA members, their spouses, children, and grandchildren (including those of laid-off, retired, or deceased members) planning for college studies.

Winners will be chosen in a lottery drawing. Final deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m., EDT, April 30, 2021. For more information, and to fill out and submit the application form, visit

Bergen County Labor Scholarship Application 2021

The applications for the Bergen County Central Trades and Labor Council are now available. To be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must either be a member of a local union affiliated with the Bergen County Central Trades and Labor Council or his/her spouse and/or children.

The application deadline is May 15, 2021.

For more information on the Abe Solomon Scholarship and to download the application, click here.

For more information on the Ed Purtill Scholarship and to download the application, click here.

CWA President Chris Shelton’s Statement on Biden’s Win: The Work of Healing Our Country Can Now Begin

Washington, D.C. — The following is a statement from Communications Workers of America President Chris Shelton:

Now that most of the votes have been counted in Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin the result is clear – voters have elected Joe Biden President of the United States. Kamala Harris will make history as the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to serve as Vice President.

This election, held during a global pandemic and under a President who has refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power, has been like no other. Yet Americans responded with resolve, voting in record numbers.

CWA members mobilized to educate and turn out voters. We made phone calls, sent text messages, and spread the word on social media and through conversations with friends, family members, and coworkers. We fought for every vote as if our lives depended on it, because they did.

The work of healing our country can now begin and we can move forward together. Our priorities are clear. Congress must reconvene and immediately pass pandemic relief legislation that restores and expands payroll support programs, enhances unemployment insurance, and provides critical support for state and local governments. This cannot wait. Each day that passes puts more working people at risk for losing their jobs, their health insurance, and their homes.

The Biden Administration won’t lie to the American public about the COVID-19 pandemic. Joe Biden will listen to experts and act quickly to enact a plan to defeat the virus and prevent thousands of American deaths. He will respect the freedom of the press and end White House attacks on the media and on the truth.

The Biden Administration will restore regulations that protect and empower working people. Working people need a pro-worker National Labor Relations Board and National Mediation Board that support collective bargaining and the freedom of workers to join together in a union to improve their working conditions. We need a Secretary of Labor who will safeguard workers during and after the pandemic, prosecute wage theft, and secure retirees’ pensions and retirement funds. We need the White House to ensure that government contracts support good jobs.

We need banking regulators that reign in predatory practices and keep Wall Street in check. We need an economic agenda that raises incomes and restores the middle class. We need trade policy that is conducted through negotiation, and that puts the interests of working people first, not one that is based on favoritism and midnight Tweets. We need a Federal Communications Commission that recognizes that good telecommunications jobs are in the public interest and that a diverse media landscape is essential to our democracy.

As the great Frederick Douglass said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand,” and corporate power has become entrenched in our country. The results of this election make it possible for us to win the justice we seek. I am confident that through our collective effort, we will prevail.


Family First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

Click on the links below for more information.

General Information
What is the FFCRA?
Online Tool: Determining Your FFCRA Eligibility

State Workers
FFCRA Guidelines for State Employees
FFCRA FAQ’s for State Employees

If you questions regarding the FFCRA and your rights, contact your Staff Representative.