Welcome to the CWA Staff Union. We represent members who are employed by the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO with the titles of CWA Representative, District Organizing Coordinator, Temporary Staff, Represented Counsel, Campaign Assistant, Campaign Lead, Senior Campaign Lead and IUE CWA Staff Representatives from the CIO who merged with us. We also represent professional and occupational employees who are employed by the Alliance for Growth and Development, and the PA State AFL-CIO Staff.
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01-26-17 Talks with CWA over changes to the current pension plan are continuing. Conference calls with our members to update them on the situation as well as answering their questions and concerns have taken place over the past few days and will continue next week.
08-28-16 The Executive Board held a meeting on August 26th and 27th. Our meeting opened with a discussion with CWA President Chris Shelton, Secretary Treasurer SaraSteffens and Chief of Staff Ron Collins. They recapped the recent discussions surrounding the state of the pension plan. The goal is to end up with a plan that provides retirement security for all CWAworkers. They also stressed that those very close to retiring will still be able to make their retirement decision on a reasonable timetable. Any potential changes will not happen overnight.
Discussion took place regarding ways to continue to improve communication within our Union. The feeling is that it is critical to share current information and respond to our members concerns. Significant time was also spent discussing our members in temporary SIF/Growth Fund positions. A commitment had been made in bargaining to have discussions with CWA to try and develop a pathway to permanency. CWA is still committed to work with us on this issue. Our position is that solving this problem will be a critical part of any plan developed to solve CWA's overall financial problem.
08-01-16 As a result of his announcement to retire from CWA, our President M.M. Smith has decided to step down as President. Per the Staff Union Constitution Vice President Pat O'Neil will assume the office of President on August 1, 2016. The Staff Union Constitution also calls for the position of Vice President to be filled by the Executive Board. The appointment will last until the next regular membeship meeting which will coincide with the CWA convention in 2017.
04-18-16 A copy of the Staff Union Contract 2015-2020 was posted in the Documents section of the website.
03-17-16 The 2016 John Scally Scholarship information is now available. The application and informational letter are in the Documents section. Applications must be postmarked no later than July 31, 2016.