Communications Workers of America, Local 1014

I say from time to time that the vote is precious. It's almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool or instrument that we have in a democratic society. And we must use it.

On the beautiful Saturday, September 29 morning, Local 1014 members joined members from other CWA locals in knocking on the doors of union households in New Jersey’s Con

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Thanks to broad participation by Local 1014 members and the local community and the hard work of the organizing committee, this year’s Dunn Golf Tournament earned a profit of $13,312 for the Local’s scholarship fund. Scholarships are awarded annually in March to graduating high school senior who are the sons or daughters of Local 1014 members. Last March, the Local 1014 Scholarship Fund awarded eighteen $500 scholarships. Since its inception in 1997, the Fund has awarded over $227,000 in scholarships.

How can unions help create a social movement to take on Wall Street’s economic and political dominance?

That’s the question that the Communications Workers (CWA) are tackling with labor educator Les Leopold. The training program they’ve put together, based on his book Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice, has already reached hundreds of union members and community activists in a dozen states—where it’s getting rave reviews and helping fuel the growth of local coalitions.

There’s a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box, and what the union fights for and wins at the bargaining table can be taken away in the legislative halls. – Walter Reuther

On August 14 at the Pennsauken Country Club, Local 1014 held its annual all-day training session for member representatives. This year’s event focused on the writing of grievances for success, approaching new workers, keeping members informed, the impact of the Janus decision, organizing co-workers through the contract negotiations process, the current political environment and its impact on Local 1014 and its members and, last but not least, reaching out to members under 35 years old as part of the CWA’s Next Gen program.

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