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It has been a custom since 1989 for the members of the CWA to show their solidarity by wearing red on Thursdays. It represents the color of blood that was lost in the strife to gain fair and equal rights for workers through out the years. The day of red is also in remembrance of Gerry Horgan, CWA’s chief steward for Westchester County who died as a result of being struck by a car as he worked a picket line in August 1989.

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Weingarten Rights

IF THIS DISCUSSION COULD IN ANY WAY LEAD TO MY BEING DISCIPLINED OR TERMINATED, OR AFFECT MY PERSONAL WORKING CONDITIONS, I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT MY UNION REPRESENTATIVE, OFFICER, OR STEWARD BE PRESENT AT THIS MEETING. WITHOUT REPRESENTATION PRESENT, I CHOOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS DISCUSSION.

In 1975 the U.S. Supreme Court declared in NLRB v. J. Weingarten, rules that employers must follow during an investigatory interview. These rules are known as Weingarten rights. An investigatory interview occurs when:

  1. Management questions an employee to obtain information; and 
  2. The employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or other adverse consequences may result from what the employee says.

When an investigatory interview occurs the following rules apply; The employee must request Union representation before or during the interview. The employee cannot be disciplined for making this request.

After the employee makes the request for Union representation the employer is left with the following three options:

  1. Grant the request and delay questioning until the Union representative arrives and has a chance to consult privately with the member. 
  2. Deny the request and end the interview immediately. 
  3. Give the employee a choice of either having the interview without representation or ending the interview. 

If the employer denies the request for Union representation and continues to ask questions, they commit an unfair labor practice and the member has the right to refuse to answer their questions. The employer may not discipline the member for such a refusal.

The Union encourages all members to assert their Weingarten rights. A steward can serve as a witness to the proceedings, object to intimidating tactics or confusing questions and, they may also raise extenuating factors regarding the issue.


YOU ARE ENTITLED TO UNION REPRESENTATION.
EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS!

About Local 7818

Local 7818 is headquartered out of Spokane WA. Our Local represents Bargaining Units at AT&T Mobility, CenturyLink, Dex, Legacy T (AT&T), Northland Cable, Qwest Communications, and various print shops. The geographical area we represent includes Eastern Washington, parts of Montana, and Northern Idaho. We are part of the the largest telecommunications Union in the world!

CWA represents over 700,000 men and women in both private and public sectors, including over half a million workers who are building the Information Highway.

CWA members work in telecommunications, broadcasting, cable TV, journalism, publishing, manufacturing, airlines, customer service, government service, health care, education and other fields.

The union includes some 1,200 chartered local unions across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Members live in approximately 10,000 communities, making CWA one of the most geographically diverse unions.

CWA holds over 2,000 collective bargaining agreements spelling out wages, benefits, working conditions and employment security provisions for its members. Among major employers of CWA members are AT&T, Verizon, and other telecom companies; General Electric; the New York Times and Wall Street Journal; NBC and ABC television networks; the Canadian Broadcasting Co.; United, US Airways and other airlines; the University of California system, the state of New Jersey and various law enforcement agencies.

CWA’s top officers are President Christopher M. Shelton and Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens.

CWA was founded in 1938 at meetings in Chicago and New Orleans. First known as the National Federation of Telephone Workers, the union became the Communications Workers of America in 1947.

CWA got its start in the telephone industry, but today it represents workers in all areas of communications, as well as in health care and public service, customer service and many other fields.

CWA is one of America’s fastest growing unions and a number of unions have affiliated with CWA because of its reputation for democracy and membership involvement.

  • The Association of Flight Attendants merged with CWA in 2003, adding its professionalism and expertise on airline industry issues (CWA has represented airline passenger service employees since 1999). 
  • The International Union of Electronic Workers merged with CWA in 2000, becoming the IUE-CWA Industrial Division.
  • The Newspaper Guild merged with CWA in 1997, as did the Independent Association of Publishers’ Employees.
  • The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) merged with CWA in 1994.
  • The International Typographical Union, America’s oldest labor union, merged with CWA in 1987.

CWA is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, the Canadian Labour Congress, the worldwide UNI Global Union, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the International Transport Workers Federation (ITWF), and the International Metalworkers’ Federation IMF).

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