New Officers and Chiefs for 3 Year Term 2021-2023

The Tentative Results for the election have been posted and as of today, October 21, 2020, they will be final. Below is the tally sheet. We would like to thank our Election Committee Members for their time and dedication.

  • President – Jason Peavler
  • Secretary-Treasurer – Christina Waid
  • Vice President for Mobility – Sonia Lopez
  • Vice President for Core – Tony Thornburg
  • Chief Stewards for Mobility – Alice Durham and Janell Zuberbier
  • Chief Stewards for Core – Stefan Johnson, Chris Sullivan, and Steven McNulty
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CWA National and District 9 Wildfire Disaster Relief 2020

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CWA Local 6132 Meeting and Nomination Information

Nominations will be taken at the September Membership Meeting

September 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

609 Canion St., Austin, TX  78752

**ALL MEMBERS SHOULD RECEIVE A POSTCARD IN THE MAIL AS OFFICIAL NOTICE OF THE CWA LOCAL 6132 OFFICER NOMINATIONS.  IF YOU ARE NOT RECEIVING MAIL FROM THE LOCAL PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SUBMIT AN ADDRESS CORRECTION**

Nomination Information

The President and Secretary-Treasurer are at-large positions and any member of the local in good standing can be nominated. 

The First Vice President must be nominated and elected by members in AT&T Mobility and the various Print Sector bargaining units.

The Second Vice President must be nominated and elected by members in AT&T Southwest, AT&T National Internet Services, Verizon, Frontier, and Avaya bargaining units.

There shall be three (3) Chief Steward positions that must be nominated and elected by members of the AT&T Southwest bargaining units.  Geographical jurisdiction shall be determined by the Executive Board to ensure equal representation.

There shall be two (2) Chief Stewards representing AT&T Mobility.  Geographical jurisdiction shall be determined by the Executive Board to ensure equal representation. 

All Chief Stewards shall be nominated and elected by the respective groups they will be representing and must work in one of those groups.

Write-in votes are prohibited.

Nominations for the offices of President, Secretary-Treasurer, 1st Vice President & 2nd Vice President shall also constitute a nomination of the same person as a delegate to all CWA Conventions held during the three-year term.

All nominees must be present to accept the nominations or submit a letter of acceptance prior to the nomination process. 

Meeting Information

Due to the current restrictions for gatherings in the city of Austin, the September membership meeting will again be held in the parking lot of the union hall at 609 Canion St., Austin, TX  78752.

Please find a parking spot once you arrive.

Someone will come to your car to have you sign in, and to give you the FM frequency we will be broadcasting over.

There will be a microphone set up to allow members to post questions, motions and to submit nominations. 

Please remember to wear your masks and maintain social distancing. 

Members will be asked to remain in their automobiles unless conducting business at the microphone.

Members are also asked to refrain from entering the union hall. 

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August 2020 – Parking Lot Membership Meeting

By now you should have received a postcard from us about the Parking Lot Membership Meeting on August 13th. We have recently invested in some equipment that will allow us to conduct our monthly meetings as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please find a parking spot upon arrival and someone will come by to have you sign in and give you the FM frequency we will be broadcasting over.

A microphone will be set up outside for those who want to make motions.

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2017 SW Labor Agreements Extension Announcement – Corrected

Contract Extension
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COVID Cases Still on the Rise

Over the past few weeks, at least 2 of our members in Austin, Texas have tested positive for the Coronavirus. For those of you who are not taking this seriously, or are somehow convinced that this is not a concern, please take a look at this graph from the Texas State Department of Health Services. Pay attention to the direction of the cumulative and daily cases. In order for us to be in a safe place, the cumulative numbers should flatten, and the daily cases should be decreasing. There are approximately 29+ million people in Texas. As of June 15th, approximately 5% of Texans have been tested for the virus, or antibodies. That leaves around 27.5 million Texans that have not been tested. Although some states are not forcing people to wear masks, we highly recommend that you do. Please keep 6 feet away from others, wash hands and surfaces, and don’t put yourself and others at risk of contracting this deadly virus. This can be preventable, if you take even the simplest of precautions.

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2,504 New Covid Cases in Texas

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2020/06/10/texas-shatters-record-for-new-coronavirus-cases/#681409cd4923

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This Thursday – Stop and Reflect – A Message From Chris Shelton


LOCAL LEADERS

8 Minutes, 46 Seconds—Stop Work.
Thursday, June 11, 12 Noon

Black Lives Matter

The vicious murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer has spawned a massive uprising in cities and towns across the United States and the globe. While some of you have found ways to participate in or support these protests while observing appropriate COVID-19 precautions, we have not been able to come together as we normally would as a CWA family to share our outrage and our grief.

A little over a week ago, the CWA Executive Board issued a statement on the need to dismantle the racism that plagues our communities. If you have not yet had a chance to read the statement, you can find it at https://cwa-union.org/news/releases/statement-cwa-executive-board-on-need-dismantle-racism-plagues-our-communities. Since issuing the statement, the Board, with support from staff members, has been discussing the steps we must take to move beyond words into action. Expect to hear more about those plans in the coming weeks.

As a first step, on Thursday, June 11, at 12 noon in each time zone, CWA members and workers who are organizing to join CWA will be using one of the most powerful tools we have: the power to withhold our work.

We will show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by stopping work for 8 minutes and 46 seconds—the length of time the Minneapolis police officer had his knee on George Floyd’s neck—and reflecting on our obligation as trade unionists to fight racism and police violence.

I strongly encourage you to participate in this work stoppage.

Our members work in different circumstances, and CWA District, Sector and Division Vice Presidents have sent suggestions to their locals about ways to observe the 8:46 including:

  • Stand up in your work location.
  • Take a knee in your work location.
  • Use your lunch break to hold a socially distanced picket line outside your work location.
  • Take a selfie that can be posted in solidarity. Post this with your selfie: 8:46. Stop Work and Reflect. Black Lives Matter. #CWAforBlackLives

You may have other ideas that are appropriate to your circumstances. Please take action in a way that is meaningful for you.

Thank you all for your commitment to strengthening our union.

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Statement from the CWA Executive Board on the Need to Dismantle the Racism that Plagues Our Communities – June 1, 2020


As we reach a tragic milestone of 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19, we find ourselves confronting the other plague that has been rampaging through our communities since long before the pandemic: Racism. Compounding the devastation of a global pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted Black communities, Black people in America continue to face threats, brutality, and death for going out jogging. For being poor. For sleeping in their own bed. For watching birds in a park. For being Black.

The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the blatant display of racism in the Central Park incident with Christian Cooper demonstrate, again, this grim reality. These names are not the first, and without a profound change in ourselves and this country, they will not be the last.

The CWA Executive Board is committed to moving beyond an endless string of reaction statements and demonstrating our continued commitment to justice for Black people through our organizing, representation, political, and movement building work. We commit to creating dedicated spaces for open dialogue on race for our members and leaders to determine outcomes and clear steps the union must take to fight racism in the union, within the industries we represent and the community at-large.

There is no in-between. There is no neutral option. The only real way to dismantle racism and build the working-class power we seek is for every worker to take on the struggle for justice for Black people in this country as their own and to embrace the actions that “an injury to one is an injury to all” demands of us.

It is not enough to punish the perpetrators who have taken these Black lives. It is not enough to simply identify a “few bad apples” to fire or prosecute – a course of action which our deeply flawed legal system makes difficult to pursue. We must also do the hard, transformational work of rooting out racism in America’s consciousness and the institutions that uphold it. This work is necessary because these incidents did not happen in isolation. They happened in the context of 400 years of structural and systematic anti-Black racism. They happened in the context of centuries of stolen labor; economic pillaging by corporate America of Black communities; underfunding of public schools and services; over-criminalization and incarceration of Black bodies; the use of police as military-like forces in poor, Black and Brown neighborhoods; outsourcing of good, union jobs; persistence of food deserts in urban areas; the treatment of addiction as a crime rather than a disease; the fractured, profit-driven health care system; and the “surgical precision” of Black voter disenfranchisement.

The only pathway to a just society for all is deep, structural change. Justice for Black people is inextricably linked to justice for all working people – including White people. The bosses, the rich, and the corporate executives have known this fact and have used race as one of the most effective and destructive ways to divide workers. Unions have a duty to fight for power, dignity and the right to live for every working-class person in every place. Our fight and the issues we care about do not stop when workers punch out for the day and leave the garage, call center, office, or plant.

We will never build enough power as working people if an entire community is living under the threat of death and subject to discrimination based on the color of their skin. We will never build enough power if an entire community has its neck under an oppressor’s knee.

If we are to make progress, we must listen to the experiences and stories of Black CWA members, Black workers, and the Black community. We must join together – every one of us – to dismantle this system of oppression. This means every White union member, Black union member, Latino union member and every ally, must fight and organize for Black lives. Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough. No amount of statements and press releases will bring back the lives lost and remedy the suffering our communities have to bear. We must move to action.

President Christopher Shelton
Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens
District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor
District 2-13 Vice President Edward Mooney
District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt
District 4 Vice President Linda Hinton
District 6 Vice President Claude Cummings, Jr.
District 7 Vice President Brenda Roberts
District 9 Vice President Frank Arce
AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson
IUE-CWA President Carl Kennebrew
TNG-CWA President Jon Schleuss
NABET-CWA President Charles Braico
T&T Vice President Lisa Bolton
PHEW Vice President Margaret Cook
CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon
Diversity At-Large Member Dante Harris
Diversity At-Large Member Vera Mikell
Diversity At-Large Member Carolyn Wade
Diversity At-Large Member Erika White

This statement is available online at cwa.org/news/releases/statement-cwa-executive-board-on-need-dismantle-racism-plagues-our-communities

Watch our powerful video of CWA members demanding justice: cwa.org/cwa-against-racism-video

If your local would like to order CWA Strong Against Racism/CWA Strong for Justice signs visit: cwa.org/cwa-against-racism-sign
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Texas COVID-19 as of April 17, 2020

As you can see from the chart above, Texas cases of COVID-19 are not peaking. Please continue to follow the recommendations from the CDC.

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