CWA members have made hundreds of calls and sent thousands of emails to advocate for our priorities in the New York State budget, the NYS legislature settled on a final budget - and we won on several major campaigns.
So let's go through our priorities and what we won in the budget for CWA members:
1. Fight for High-Quality Broadband and Good Jobs in the Industry: MAJOR VICTORY!
Thanks to all your hard work and effort, we were able to ensure that the $1.6 billion state and Federal dollars included in this year’s budget for broadband expansion has protections for workers and prioritizes high- quality networks!
- LABOR STANDARDS: Requires applicants for public funding to have high workplace safety standards and a skilled workforce
FIBER PREFERENCE: Prioritization of networks that are capable of speeds of 1 gigabyte up and down
PREQUALIFICATION: requires any applicant for broadband buildout grant to demonstrate to the state that it is competent to do the job
PREVAILING WAGE: Ensures that good union employers, like ours, don’t get undercut by low-road subcontractors
But those fights are not over yet, and we're ready to keep pushing. From our electoral work in November to our legislative advocacy these past few months, we’ve shown that CWA is a powerful union that can help make historic changes for working families.
Let's take a second to look back on all of the amazing work we did to help make this happen over the last few weeks:
- We sent 1,092 emails to the New York State Assembly and Senate demanding strong labor standards attached to public funding for broadband work
- We sent 778 emails to the Governor urging her to finalize a budget with broadband labor standards
We held 85+ lobby meetings with NYS Legislators
- Our CWA Broadband Brigade representatives led a great Virtual Town Hall to talk about our broadband campaign with over 150 participants
- We ran television and social media ads to call for more funding for our over-burdened hospitals with over 10,000 views on social media alone.
These victories would not have happened without the hard work and advocacy of so many of our members standing together.