Communications Workers of America

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Communication Workers of America
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President:Larry Cohen
Year created:1938
Communications Workers of America (CWA)is the largest telecommunications union in the world representing over 700,000 workers from public and private sectors. "Members work in telecommunications, broadcasting, cable TV, journalism, publishing, manufacturing, airlines, customer service, government service, health care, education and other fields."[1]


The CWA was first founded in 1938 as the National Federation of Telephone Workers. In 1947, they became the Communications Workers of America.[2]


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.[3]


CWA lists their main issues on their website. The list includes:[4]

  • 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."
  • Health Care:
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."



As of November 2013, there is no 2014 election data available.


In the 2012 election cycle, the CWA spent a total of $5,865,117. According to, the CWA spent the following:[5]

  • $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 recipients

Top 10 largest Communications Workers of America recipients in 2012[6]
Recipient Total
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
David Crooks $20,000
Janice Hahn $20,000
Robert Menendez $18,000

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