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TPP is wrong for America and wrong for workers. TPP must be stopped.
Click on the video/link above to watch the AFL-CIO's video about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a "free" trade agreement between 12+ countries that threatens labor, the environment, medicine, health & safety, and much more. Once you watch the video, please take action here: www.afl-cio.org/fair-tpp.
FIGHTING NAFTA ON STEROIDS
Do you know what TPP is? TPP stands for the Trans-Pacific Partnership "free" trade agreement. Commonly referred to as “NAFTA on Steroids,” the 12+ country TPP agreement is the largest ever attempted. As a result, the agreement would severely impact the livelihood of millions of working Americans by driving down or eliminating worker wages, benefits and collective bargaining rights; off-shoring call center and other service/manufacturing jobs; eliminating environmental standards; driving up prescription drug prices; and repealing critical consumer protections on Wall Street. Make no mistake: passage of the TPP agreement would be a critical blow to middle-class Americans and organized labor! The TPP agreement is simply another chapter in the “race to the bottom.”
HELP STOP THE TPP!
Unless we take action, the TPP agreement will include investment and service rules that will make it easier for American firms to invest overseas and eliminate American jobs. These rules will promote the off-shoring of jobs in call centers, computer programming, engineering, accounting, medical diagnostics, and more. THESE ARE OUR JOBS!!
GO HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.stopthetpp.org
LETTER FROM PRESIDENT LUPE MERCADO TO CWA LOCAL 9421 MEMBERS
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January 6, 2014
To All CWA Members:
First I would like to thank you all for staying United and standing strong during our 18 months of negotiations. We all know it will be an even tougher round of negotiations in 2016, and now is the time to prepare. While we did not achieve the ideal contract, it is still a better contract with better benefits than many negotiated agreements out there. To ensure that we keep what we have and gain what we deserve, EVERYONE needs to prepare and expect to go out on strike if necessary. Losing ERB was disappointing for some, but our high seniority members are looking forward to *(and taking advantage of) the new ESB. I am particularly proud of the fact that we kept article II and now it includes the new VSB (voluntary separation benefit). This new VSB has allowed some of our members who would not have gotten an offer to voluntarily leave with the same benefits as ESRO, and at the same time, it allowed for some of our surplus members to be able to obtain a job taking them out of surplus and allowing them to stay in the Sacramento area. I am also pleased to share that in 2013, at our 74th CWA Convention we established Telecom Bargaining Councils with the authority to designate national issues that cross bargaining unit lines at the same company. Vice Presidents must agree on any changes to these national issues; and if they can’t reach agreement, the CWA president will resolve the issues. Based on the requests from many of you that I stay involved in bargaining, I have agreed to sit on the CWA District 9 Sub-Committee that will make recommendations to the Bargaining Council on the national items.
I have also received several requests from members and have committed, that we, your elected officers will be visiting the work sites as often as possible to ensure we answer any questions you may have. If you should miss our visit, feel free to contact any of us and we will plan a return visit as soon as possible. You are also welcome to attend our monthly Membership Meetings every second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. or reach out to us by phone. Please don’t assume that we know everything that is going on. We have many workgroups and locations that we support and can’t be at all of them at once. This is why we rely on all of you to be the eyes and ears out in the workgroups and to let us know what you hear, so that we can confirm if it is fact or rumor. I would like to thank those of you that have already given me the opportunity to dispel some rumors and get back to you with accurate information. I commit to you that the officers, executive board and I are here for you. We must move forward together in solidarity. United we will all prevail!
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