Communications Workers of America
|Communication Workers of America|
The CWA was first founded in 1938 as the National Federation of Telephone Workers. In 1947, they became the Communications Workers of America.
CWA’s Executive Board governs the union which comprises of President, Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Vice President, and vice presidents for eight geographic districts, eight industry sectors, four at-large members, as well as the Canadian director.
CWA lists their main issues on their website. The list includes:
- Speed Matters:
- Excerpt: "Speed Matters promotes affordable high-speed Internet for all Americans. Working with our partners and allies we advocate for programs and policies that build affordable, universal high-speed broadband investment."
- Retirement Security:
- Excerpt: "Retirement security is critical to the futures of all workers, and CWA workers are no different. CWA works with members to help them achieve the best possible retirement program, and advocates for them through political action at that local, state, and national levels."
- Jobs and Trade:
- Excerpt: "CWA is committed to fighting in Washington DC for policies and laws that protect our members jobs from offshoring, create an environment of investment in good quality jobs, and ensure a stable future for the growth of our members' jobs."
- Health and Safety:
- Excerpt: "The CWA Occupational Safety and Health Department has as its primary responsibility the elimination/minimization of member exposure to hazardous working conditions and potentially related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities."
- Human Rights:
- Excerpt: "Our Human Rights program helps build a union where members of all cultures, religions, sexual orientations, gender, disabilities, ages and nationalities feel welcomed, respected and heard; and where the leadership reflects the diversity of our membership."
- Excerpt: "CWA is committed to securing accessible, affordable health care for all."
- International Solidarity
- Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement:
- Excerpt: "The Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement is likely to impact jobs, wages, agriculture, migration, the environment, access to medicine, consumer safety, banking regulations and more."
- Fighting for a sustainable economy, environment and democracy
- Excerpt: "Both the labor and environmental movements have been the targets of a well-coordinated, well-funded attack. The gains both communities have made over the past 76 years are being eroded. CWA and the Sierra Club are working together both nationally and locally across the country."
In the 2014 election cycle, the CWA spent a total of $3,944,371. According to Opensecrets.org, the CWA spent the following:
- $1,471,919 in contributions to candidates
- $108,000 in contributions to Leadership PACs
- $133,150 in contributions to parties
- $1,412 in contributions to 527 committees
- $2,229,890 in contributions to outside spending groups
|Top 10 largest Communications Workers of America recipients in 2014|
|Communications Workers of America (outside spending group)||$1,316,173|
|AFL-CIO Workers' Voices PAC||$374,467|
|House Majority PAC||$152,000|
|Every Voice Action||$150,000|
|American Bridge 21st Century||$100,000|
|Honest West Virginians||$100,000|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee||$31,450|
In the 2012 election cycle, the CWA spent a total of $5,865,117. According to Opensecrets.org, the CWA spent the following:
- $1,747,477 in contributions to candidates
- $100,600 in contributions to leadership PACs
- $122,166 in contributions to parties
- $342,164 in contributions to 527 committees
- $3,552,710 in contributions to outside groups
|Top 10 largest Communications Workers of America recipients in 2012|
|Communications Workers of America (outside spending group)||$3,251,767|
|Communications Workers of America (527)||$306,261|
|Independent Source (outside spending group)||$220,000|
|House Majority PAC (outside spending)||$50,000|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee||$30,230|
|AFL-CIO Workers' Voices PAC||$25,943|
|Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO||$24,210|
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- Communications Workers of America, "About Us," accessed March 12, 2011
- Communications Workers of America, "About," accessed November 24, 2013
- Communications Workers of America, "Executive Board," accessed March 12, 2011
- CWA, "Issues," accessed November 26, 2013
- Opensecrets.org, "CWA 2014," accessed March 9, 2015
- Opensecrets.org, "CWA 2012," accessed November 26, 2012
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