On July 1st, La Casa De Don Pedro workers in the Youth and Family Services Division rallied alongside members of CWA 1037, New Jersey Communities United (NJCU) and the Workers in Early Childhood Education Action Network (WECAN) to unionize their workplace.

The La Casa workers, including the leaders of the Organizing Committee, urged their coworkers to vote ‘YES’ to join CWA. Their brothers and sisters from other La Casa divisions are already members of CWA 1037 in Newark, NJ.

Workers showed up in CWA red, waved banners, and voiced their concerns, despite being subject to union-busting tactics from management including a captive audience meeting and a loss of job perks.

Sandra Fernandez, a member of the Organizing Committee and a dedicated worker at La Casa for the past 10 years, called for unity. “I am here fighting for my colleagues. I’m fighting for the right for them to get treated with dignity and the respect that they deserve.”

A Union election is currently underway. Ballots were mailed July 2nd and must be returned by July 23rd, after which the National Labor Relations Board will count the votes.

Watch the Rally Livestream Below:

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.