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Principal Financial Group has assisted our members with questions on pensions and reitrement. Feel free to take advantage of their services.
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Expanded links to CL Benefits & Services in our Resource Info section. 
We have all the links to what you may need.  They are right here when you need them.

Medicare choices made simple. Find a link to VIA Benefits in our Resource Section
Via Benefits helps you choose the medical, prescription drug
and vision plans that fit your medical requirements and budget.
Click here to learn more about this program.

Looking to learn about the presidentual canidates
who have entered the race. With links to their social media.

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CWA 7102 union meeting for April has been canceled

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information for CWA Members

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect communities across the globe, CWA leaders are engaging with employers to ensure that they are providing CWA members with comprehensive safety and prevention measures in an environment that encourages open and free communication without fear of reprisal or negative impacts on pay or continued employment.

CWA's Health and Safety department has established a process for locals to report on what protections employers have put in place as well as for members to report any incidents of exposure or infection. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with infection, contact your healthcare provider immediately and follow reporting procedures established by your employer. Also notify your CWA Local or District as soon as possible.
To find out more click the above link.

Hello retirees...
and possibly current employees who have a dependent using CL health benefits. Hopfully employees got this done at work if needed.
You may need to verify your dependents by April 30 or possibly lose them.
You need to be aware of this so you don't lose your benefits...
The comment was.. So I just got a form in the mail wanting proof my husband is my husband or they will drop him from the healthcare....does anyone know why? Was posted on the facebook fourm US WEST/Qwest retirees and wannabes
 Ans... They want to make sure your dependent, and your status hasn't changed.
A way of purging their data base to see who they can eliminate.
You know they are serious as they remind you if you miss a paymet your benefits will be terminated.
That's why I get a email every time they get my auto payment acknowledging they received it.
So Yes you do have to respond to the letter or go online so you will not have your coverage canceled.
If you receive that letter respond and follow the directions or you might be able to do it online.
Go to and try to get it done that way.
 I  logged on and found  a green box in the center down the page .Dependent Eligibility

Clicked on it.
Came up with a pop-up

I uploaded documents that showed we are married and my spouse as dependent.

I copied our house property tax form, IRS 1040, and house property insurance wiitch had both our names on it. And uploaded them.
Hopefully that should do the trick. We shall see.
Don't be fooled when on the site it lists your dependent.
That is just your current status...
BUT that will change if you don't update your dependent status.
If it shows your current dependent. Click on the edit button to make sure all the info is correct.
My spouses Medicare ID number was blank. So entered that.
Still had to go back through the above Verification process after doing that.

UPDATE: Got a email which said the verifacation results were online and to go and read the message. Did that but no messsages so callled them and they looked it up and good to go.

A message from President Shelton on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Brothers and Sisters,

I know that each and every one of you has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis is unprecedented, and CWA members are on the front lines doing the work necessary to keep people informed, connected, and safe during this difficult time.

We are devoting every available resource to make sure that employers are doing everything possible to protect and support CWA members during this pandemic. Over the past few weeks, District, Sector, and Division Vice Presidents have been contacting all of our employers to request detailed information about their health and safety precautions, sick leave accommodations, and plans for continuity of pay. They have been making sure that existing collective bargaining agreements are followed and negotiating additional protections to address the special challenges that you are facing in this rapidly changing environment. This early engagement spurred many employers to take a variety of precautionary measures and get prepared for the onslaught of the pandemic.

Unfortunately, while CWA has established agreements with many of our employers, many companies are failing to update front-line managers about new sick leave and safety protocols. While some employers have been proactive by working with CWA in setting up enhanced safety procedures, others have not taken necessary action. We are following up to identify and resolve these problems.

Our legislative and political teams are also keeping their eye on the larger picture. Federal, state, and local governments are moving quickly to address the crisis. Sadly, even during times like this that demand national unity, some corporations are instructing their lobbyists to resist programs that would provide immediate help to working people and retirees and lay the groundwork for a recovery that includes everyone, not just the 1%.

We are also frequently updating the resources on our COVID-19 information page at There you will find information on what to do if you believe that your working conditions are unsafe and links to reliable sources of information about the virus. In the coming days, we will be posting best practices recommendations for different types of work and information about the policies that specific employers have implemented.

Conditions vary across the country and are changing constantly. Your local leadership will have the most up-to-date information on policies in place at your work location. If you have a question and are unable to contact your steward or local officers, there is a link on our COVID-19 information page where you can submit a question that we will route to the appropriate person for response.

While we have many difficult months ahead of us, I know that we will do what we do best – take care of each other, make sure our health and safety is protected on the job, and fight for legislative and political change that puts working people first.

Chris Shelton

p.s. Please note that CWA National, District, Sector, and Division staff are also following social distancing guidelines in order to do our part in stopping the spread of this virus. Although most of our office buildings are closed, we have implemented a work-from-home plan that allows us to continue functioning at full capacity. Larger meetings have been postponed and smaller meetings have been moved to audio- and video- conferencing platforms.

AFL-CIO President Trumka on All in with Chris Hayes
President Richard Trumka breaks down the labor movement's response to the coronavirus pandemic. 
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA)
has been on national television this week, discussing the labor movement’s
leadership during the COVID-19 outbreak and calling out the Trump
administration for its unconscionable decisions that put working
people and the public in harm’s way.
On Wednesday, he appeared on “All In with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC
 We hope you’ll watch, learn and share.

 Click to watch  or tap on the video

Corporations are ruining the future of work but they can be stopped

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