The Communications Workers of America is a strong international union actively representing over 700,000 men and women in both private and public sectors. There are more than 1,200 chartered CWA Locals throughout the US and Canada, representing members who live in over 10,000 communities. Among major employers of CWA members are AT&T, GTE, the Regional Bell telephone companies, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs, General Electric, NBC and ABC television networks, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., major papers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, US Airways, the University of California system, and the state of New Jersey.
In the past, CWA represented New Mexico State Employees in Cultural Affairs, Environment, Health, Miners Colfax Hospital, Agency on Aging, and the Commission on the Status of Women. In 1999, Governor Johnson vetoed our rights to a union and a contract. When Governor Richardson signed a new law restoring the rights of state workers, state workers were once again allowed to organize unions and bargain with the state for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.
Since that time, SEA-CWA has counted a number of major victories, however, we cannot depend on State Management, the Legislature, or even a friendly Governor to give us the voice we deserve. We must work together to build a strong majority of members in all state agencies to create the power needed to secure the best contract possible.