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Brothers and Sisters of CWA 7102.
I thought now would be a good time to send out a reminder that we are just a little over a year away from the end of our current contract.
Our brothers and sisters at Verizon just ended a nearly 7 week strike. Their fight is going to be our fight. They were able to make big gains by standing together. Corporate America’s attack on the working class is never ending. When companies like Verizon that make a billion dollars a month in profit want to take more away from its workers. We need to be prepared.
http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/verizon_cries_poor_with_1_billion_a_month_in_profits
We hope to never have a strike or lockout. That being said they do happen.
Now is the time everyone should be putting money away in preparation for a work stoppage.
We need to be signing up non-members.
Just remember united we bargain divided we beg.

In Solidarity,
Don Dawson
President CWA 7102

Dear CWA Retiree,
WE MISS YOU AND WANT YOU BACK!
The best way to keep in touch with fellow CWA retirees and receive current information, is to join the Retired Members Chapter. At this time, we are meeting at the CWA 7102 Union Hall at 3612 SW 9th St. in Des Moines, on the third Tuesday afternoon of each month, at 1 PM. Our meetings usually last for around an hour, and you may feel free to bring a guest. If you’ve not been attending these gatherings, you’ve been missing out!  Please come join us!
Our membership dues are $24 per year, which helps with the cost of keeping us informed of news that affect us and our wallets. This small amount, widens the scope and power of the union, and provides the strength and foundation for positive changes.
Why should you join with your fellow CWA retirees?
SOLIDARITY… Since we no longer meet at work, it is an opportunity to remain united with your fellow members, and stay informed on issues of contract negotiations and endangered healthcare benefits.
STRENGTH… If we remain silent and isolated, we won’t be heard by those who affect our union benefits.  By joining with us in unity, our strength increases, and we WILL be heard!
ACTION…  As an organized group, we strive to resolve our shared issues and concerns.
INFORMATION/EDUCATION… We learn about news affecting our lives. Enlightening program speakers share insightful current information from which we can benefit.
  COMARADERIE … After union business has been discussed, we have time for food, fun, and friends!
AND, even though we have retired, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE REMAIN UNITED, with upcoming contract negotiations, the results of which could certainly impact us! Our health care benefits are of vital concern, both for those who are Medicare-eligible, and –ineligible, as well as for future retirees. WE NEED TO SHOW OUR STRENGTH AND UNITY, toward a positive outcome within the new contract!
Please complete the attached/enclosed survey (if receiving this communication via e-mail, the survey link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YZ5FDW2 , and return your completed survey WITHIN THE WEEK, so we can compile your responses to better serve your needs.
We look forward to SEEING YOU, and RECEIVING YOUR COMPLETED SURVEY!
Thank you, in solidarity,
  The CWA RETIREES Local Board
Robbie Thompson-Blythe, President  Jackie_blythe@yahoo.com   515 490-9571
 Loretta Hansen, Vice President
Danita Sapp, Treasurer   msdvs@q.com   515 238-8656
 Roberta Summy, Secretary   rockinroberta@q.com   515285-7432 or 515 537-3121
 
Labor Leaders and members gathered to have a discussion with former 
CWA International President Larry Cohen Friday Jan. 8


Mark Rocha had the privilege to introduce Larry....




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