Local CWA Leaders Support Bernie in Union’s Membership Poll

by Paul Garver

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While local union members and local leaders have to scramble to discourage their national leaderships from an early endorsement of Hillary Clinton without adequate consultation of their memberships, the Communication Workers of America {CWA) is trying a different method – MEMBER DEMOCRACY.

Could this become a model for the NEA, SEIU, AFSCME and other unions whose national leaderships would prefer to endorse Hillary now before the primaries even begin?

Four leaders of CWA locals have issued the following letter encouraging CWA members to vote for Bernie Sanders in an online presidential preference poll initiated by CWA national leadership.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We are writing to other CWA Labor for Bernie supporters to help turn out the vote in the online poll our union is now conducting on presidential candidates.

We are very proud that our union, unlike so many others, is giving all members the right to vote on presidential candidates and encouraging our activism regardless of candidate.

But we are also so proud to have a candidate that represents our values and beliefs as working Americans and not more business as usual.  As Bernie says, “Enough is enough of corporate and billionaire politics!”

  • Bernie will soon introduce the Workplace Democracy Act, which like the Employee Free Choice Act provides for union recognition when a majority joins, and provides a definite path to a first contract including arbitration.
  • Bernie has introduced Medicare for All as well as legislation to repeal the so-called excise or “cadillac” tax
  • Bernie has helped lead the fight against the Trans Pacific Partnership

The list goes on and on: $15 minimum wage, no tuition at public colleges, end super pacs, $1 trillion for infrastructure….(and so much more).  Learn more about Bernie Sanders and contribute to his campaign here.Most importantly, we now have a chance to make a real difference by voting online and encouraging our co-workers to do the same.  Just click here now to vote.  For more information, positions on issues, flyers to download, go to www.laborforbernie.org.  Join the CWA conversation building support for Bernie on Facebook by clicking here.

Please click here now to vote in CWA’s online poll and forward this message to other CWA members to encourage them to do the same!

Steve Abbott, President

CWA Local 7108

Waterloo, IA

Ken McNamara, President

CWA Local 1037

Newark, NJ

Anita Jwanouskos, President

AFA-CWA Local 22061

Baltimore, MD

Steve Flores, President

CWA Local 6222

Houston, TX

Organizations are listed solely for identification purposes not organizational endorsement

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