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CWA members from across the country this week attended the We the People membership summit, a gathering in Washington, D.C., of progressive organizations focusing on strategies to fight back agains

CWA Stewards from Locals across the state gathered in Atlantic City for training and inspiration in the union's drive for CWA Strong.

Each year since 1997, the Local 1014 Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships at the Local's March General Membership Meeting.

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.

Local 1014 shared the 2018 District One COPE (Committee on Political Education) award with Locals 1038, 1040 and 1084 for the 'Camden Workers Rising" program and our direct collective action in the fight for a $15/hour minimum rate for Camden County Library workers. Library workers who were making as little as $8.92/hour before the contract settlement last year will make $15/hour starting in January 2019.

When Local 1014 Vice President Leah Hicks completed her last term and retired last October, President Karl Walko asked Amber to run for Vice President on his slate. He knew, from the campaign at the Library, she had what it took to be a union leader. Amber and the entire slate were elected without opposition.

In a May 10 morning break-time rally with the theme "Camden Workers Rising", members of CWA Local 1014 and 1084 joined together in support of their negotiating teams. The Local 1084 contract with the Camden County Board of Social Services and the Local 1014 contracts with the City of Camden expired on 12/31/17. The rally, held outside City Hall and the Board of Social Services offices in downtown Camden, brought workers from the City and County together. Together they chanted "Who Are We?, Workers Rising".

Each year, Local 1014 awards scholarships to high school seniors pursuing advanced education (college or technical school) who are the son or daughter of a Local 1014 member. This year's scholarship recipients were acknowledged at the union's March 27 General Membership Meeting. Eighteen students each received a $500 scholarship. In addressing the parents and students, Scholarship Committee Chair Valerie Castagna noted that, as in the past sixteen years, each eligible applicant received a $500 scholarship from the Local.