The following statement is from the CWA Women’s Committee
The Supreme Court is dangerously out of step with the American people. From recent decisions eliminating public sector fair share fees, to allowing employers to force workers to sign arbitration agreements giving up their right to participate in class action lawsuits, to striking down laws that allow union organizers to meet with workers, the anti-worker majority on the Court has relentlessly pursued its ideologically driven agenda at the expense of working people.
Today’s radical decision overturning the long-established constitutional right to safe, legal abortion is a continuation of those efforts. Without the ability to make their own choices about reproductive healthcare, and in a country where pregnancy can have devastating economic effects due to pervasive discrimination and the lack of affordable healthcare or paid parental leave, working class women are the ones who will suffer the most.
This has been reposted from CWA National.
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We will be accepting nominations for Secretary-Treasurer at the April Membership Meeting. Please check you mailbox for the postcard that has been mailed to each member and plan to be present for the meeting. All nominations must be made in person, and the nominee must be there to accept, or have a letter of acceptance if unable to make the meeting. Please refer to the bylaws for clarification.
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BYLAWS CHANGES – At last night’s membership meeting, the proposed amendment to the CWA 6132 Bylaws passed by two-thirds of the members present and will take effect on March 12, 2022 (30 days following the meeting). The new language will enable the Executive Board to conduct business each month, eliminate gaps between meetings, and allow us to be more consistent with the requirements set forth by national leadership and our constitution. To ensure the proposed change was in compliance with the CWA Constitution, it was reviewed by the Bylaws Committee who then presented their findings to the membership before a vote was cast. Members were allowed time to speak “for” or “against” the proposed change, without interruption, in order for them to fully explain their reasoning as to why the membership should be in favor of, or against, the submitted amendment. After the votes were counted (twice), the motion to accept passed before the meeting was adjourned for the night. The updated Bylaws will now be sent to CWA National for final approval.
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Election season is upon us again. This year, your legislative committee spent 3 full days screening and interviewing numerous candidates before they received our endorsement. The following candidates have pledged to passing the Pro Act, the Build Back Better Bill, and various other legislative goals that will protect our right to organize and improve working conditions. The candidates that have garnered our endorsement are as follows;
Comptroller of Public Accounts
Janet T. Dudding
Commissioner of General Land Office
Commissioner of Agriculture
Texas Supreme Court, Place 3
Erin A. Nowell
Texas Supreme Court, Place 5
Texas Supreme Court, Place 9
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6
United States House of Representatives
U.S. House, District 21
U.S. House, District 35
U.S. House, District 37
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett
State Board of Education
SBOE, District 5
Texas Senate, District 14
Sen. Sarah Eckhardt
Texas Senate, District 21
Sen. Judith Zaffirini
Texas Senate, District 25
Texas House of Representatives
Texas House, District 17
Texas House, District 19
Texas House, District 20
Texas House, District 45
Rep. Erin Zwiener
Texas House, District 46
Rep. Sheryl Cole
Texas House, District 47
Rep. Vikki Goodwin
Texas House, District 48
Rep. Donna Howard
Texas House, District 49
Rep. Gina Hinojosa
Texas House, District 51
Maria Luisa “Lulu” Flores
Texas House, District 52
Texas House, District 73
Texas House, District 136
Rep. John Bucy
3rd Court of Appeals, Place 4
261st District Court (Civil)
Daniella Deseta Lyttle
331st District Court (Criminal)
403rd District Court (Criminal)
419th District Court (Civil)
455th District Court (Civil)
County Court at Law #4 (Criminal)
County Court at Law #5 (Criminal)
County Court at Law #6 (Criminal)
County Commissioner Precinct 2
Justice of the Peace Precinct 1
Justice of the Peace Precinct 5
Election day is on Tuesday March 1st. Early voting will begin on Monday, February 14th, and go through Friday, February 25th. Please make a plan to vote and vote our candidates in!
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Be prepared to vote on the proposed Bylaws changes tomorrow night. Everyone should have received a postcard from the Local a few weeks ago detailing the date of the meeting and a link to the proposed bylaws changes. It is important that all members make an effort to attend tomorrow’s meeting and review the submitted proposal prior to attending.
On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court ruled that President Biden could not mandate vaccinations or weekly testing for employers with 100 or more employees. This does not include employees in the healthcare industry which some Supreme Court Justices cited past precedent.
However, this ruling does not mean that AT&T (or other private companies) cannot implement their own vaccine requirements. AT&T’s vaccine requirement predated President Biden’s mandate and will move forward with their policy unless employees are able to secure an accommodation. Everyone should have received a News Now email with helpful links included in the body of that email.
The CWA has been against vaccine mandates as a condition of employment and continues to encourage employees to follow CDC guidance and Company policy for the safety of their families, friends, coworkers and customers.
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CWA Local 6132 participates in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program each year. It’s a chance for our members to donate time and money to purchase gifts for the under privileged children in Williamson and Travis Counties. This Local is very fortunate to have members kind enough to help provide the items on those need and want lists. Since we have been doing this, you have never let us down. Thank you.