Congratulations to CWA 1037 member Jessica Bournè and Sean August Smith, son of CWA 1037 member Sandra J. Smith, on winning scholarship awards! Jessica Bournè was awarded a 2022 Union Plus Scholarship in the amount of $4,000 to attend Rutgers University in the fall. “I am extremely honored and blessed that they awarded the full amount of the scholarship,” Jessica said. “I’ll be studying a Masters in Public Administration, and I am over the moon excited to start this chapter.” This year, Union Plus awarded $200,000 in scholarships to 189 students representing 38 unions, including 13 winners from CWA.
Sean August Smith, son of CWA 1037 member Sandra J. Smith, was awarded an Ed Purtill Community Service Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Sean is attending flight school at the United Aviate Academy to become a pilot with United Airlines. “Sean was so happy to receive the scholarship,” Sandra Smith said. “This is extremely helpful towards his education.”
Every year, members who are attending university, college, and trade or technical school are eligible to apply for scholarships offered by our partners in the Labor Movement. Future scholarships and other member benefits will be posted here.
In June, CWA locals across the country convened in Washington D.C. for the 2022 Legislative-Political Conference. The conference centered on building worker power at our worksites and lobbying our political representatives to support legislation that protects worker organizing. Speakers at the conference included CWA President Chris Shelton, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amongst others.
CWA Local 1037 met with Congresspeople in Capitol Hill to request their co-sponsorship of three crucial pro-worker bills:
These bills would protect workers from facing retaliation when striving to unionize and provide transparency to consumers when businesses offshore jobs. For decades, workers’ rights have been dismantled by political policies that have sided with corporate interests over workers, resulting in the decline in union membership and the rise in income inequality.
Currently, companies can hire union-busting law firms to thwart worker’s efforts to unionize and write these expenses off as tax deductible. The No Tax Breaks for Union Busting Act would cease this. “Not only are they engaging in anti-union campaigns, but they get a tax break for it,” Senator Bob Casey said. “We need to make changes in the tax code to not have those activities rewarded.”
The House voted to pass the PRO Act last year, but the bill is currently stalled in the Senate. If passed, the PRO Act would protect striking workers from being replaced, make it easier to unionize, and assist new unions in getting their first contract. To sign a petition and urge your Senators to pass the PRO Act, click here.
On Thursday, June 30, CWA 1037 members at Bergen’s Promise overwhelming voted to ratify a contract reopener on economic issues.
The updated agreement begins retroactively from January 1, 2022 and expires on December 31, 2022. The agreement includes an increase in minimum salaries for all titles, a salary adjustment for Care Managers to $46,000, salary differential for workers who possess a Master’s Degree, and across the board increases of 5% and 3% – depending on years of service. The new agreement also maintains and protects quality healthcare coverage. To view the full contract here.