CWA ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE The Convention is the highest governing authority of the Union. Approximately 2,500 locally elected delegates and alternates attend the CWA Convention. The Executive Board is elected at the Convention every three years and consists of: The President The Secretary-Treasurer The Executive Vice President Sixteen Vice Presidents Communications and Technologies Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Public and Health Care Workers Telecommunications NABET-CWA TNG-CWA IUE-CWA AFA-CWA CWA is structured into eight geographic districts.
Each district has a District Vice President and Staff. CWA has more than 1,200 chartered local unions in the United States and Canada. Members elect local officers and the delegates to the CWA Convention.
All CWA members, including International Officers, Staff and Local Officers, must abide by the CWA Constitution as well as their Local 9s Bylaws. Convention Executive Board Districts Chartered Locals Eight District Vice Presidents Eight International Vice Presidents for: CWA AT A GLANCE Beginnings Size Composition Geographic Spread Collective Bargaining Union Democracy The Communications Workers of America (CWA) was founded in New Orleans in 1938. First known as the National Federation of Telephone Workers (NFTW), con- vention delegates in 1947 changed the name to the Communications Workers of America.
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(CIO) in 1949 and has been an affiliate of the AFL-CIO since the two labor organizations merged in 1955. CWA, the largest telecommunications union in the world, represents nearly 700,000 workers in public and private sector employment. CWA members are employed in the telecommunications industry, airline industry, printing and news media, public service, health care, cable television, general manufac- turing, electronics, gas and electric utilities and other fields.<br><br> There are more than 1,200 CWA chartered Local Unions throughout the U.S. and Canada. CWA members live and work in more than 10,000 communities.<br><br> Elected rank and file delegates attend the CWA Convention which is the Unions highest policy making body. The late Joseph A. Beirne was the Union 9s founding president and was succeeded upon his death by Glenn E.<br><br> Watts, who served between 1974 and mid-1985. Morton Bahr became the third president of CWA with his election by acclamation on July 16, 1985, during the Union 9s 47th Annual Convention. On January 1, 1987, the International Typographical Union, America 9s oldest char- tered labor union, affiliated with the CWA to become the Union 9s Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector.<br><br> In 1992, the National Association of Broadcast Engineers and Technicians (NABET) affiliated with CWA. In 1997, The Newspaper Guild (TNG), representing news industry workers in the U.S. and Canada, merged with CWA.<br><br> In 2000, the International Union of Electronic Workers (IUE) merged with CWA. In 2003, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) merged with CWA. 3 CWA holds more than 2,000 collective bargaining agreements establishing wages, benefits and working conditions for its members.<br><br> Among major employers of CWA members are SBC, Verizon, AT&T and other telecom companies; General Electric; the New York Times and Wall Street Journal; NBC and ABC television networks; the Canadian Broadcasting Co.; United, US Airways and other airlines; the University of California system; the state of New Jersey and various law enforcement agencies. CWA District Map CWA Districts District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 6 District 7 District 9 District 13 New York City Silver Spring, MD Atlanta Cleveland Austin Denver Sacremento Philadelphia Locations of CWA Field Staff 6 7 3 2 1 13 9 4 4 3 Executive Committee The President, Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Vice President make up the Executive Committee which carries out duties assigned by the Convention or Executive Board. CWA FUNCTIONS Convention This is the highest governing authority of the Union.<br><br> Once the Convention makes a decision, that decision stands, and it must be carried out by every single officer and employee of the Union at both the local and international levels. Convention action can be changed only by a later convention or by a referendum of the membership. The Convention has the power to: Interpret and amend the Constitution.<br><br> Establish the policies to be followed by the Union. Elect the International President, Secretary-Treasurer, Executive Vice President and Vice Presidents. Act as a final court of review for members who feel they have not been treated fairly at lower levels of the Union.<br><br> Establish per capita dues to the International. Approve or change the budget. Dispose of any other matters that may come before it.<br><br> Delegates to the Convention are elected by local unions with the number of delegates per local determined by membership strength as specified in the CWA Constitution. Executive Board The Executive Board meets regularly throughout the year, makes decisions on union matters and has the responsibility of recommending policies and pro- grams to the Convention, based upon their day to day experience in administer- ing the affairs of the union. The Executive Board consists of: The President The Secretary-Treasurer The Executive Vice President Sixteen Vice Presidents 5 Strategic Planning and Budget Committee The Executive Committee and five Vice Presidents make up the Strategic Plan- ning and Budget Committee (SPBC).<br><br> The SPBC reviews Union programs and goals and recommends to the Executive Board the strategies and allocation of resources it believes appropriate. Districts CWA is structured into eight geographic districts. The districts are responsible for carrying out the goals and programs of the Union.<br><br> Delegates representing the locals within each district elect a Vice President every three years at convention. Representatives of locals within each district must meet at least twice each year as required by the CWA Constitution. Locals With more than 1,200 chartered local unions, CWA members live and work in more than 10,000 communities across North America.<br><br> All chartered locals must represent the workers in their respective jurisdictions and hold meet- ings at such time, place and frequency as the members may decide by vote. The locals are also responsible for processing grievances and actively implementing all union programs. At each level of CWA, the members set policy and control the finances.<br><br> All members have the opportunity to participate in their local union in many different ways, including running for elected office, serving on a committee or as a steward, mobilization coordinator or activist. 6 CWA non-elected full time staff are employed by the Executive Board. Staff work out of CWA headquarters and field offices under the supervision of officers and Vice Presidents.<br><br> They are assigned to locals and have responsibility for assisting locals in meeting Union goals. Staff at headquarters support department functions. Organizers direct and support organizing campaigns throughout the Union.<br><br> DUTIES OF INTERNATIONAL OFFICERS AND STAFF The International President is the principal officer of CWA and the official spokesperson for the Union. The President has full responsibility for adminis- tering and implementing policies between Executive Board meetings and conventions. The President presides over the convention and meetings of the Executive Board and Executive Committee.<br><br> All officers report to the President. The President is also the Constitutional Chair of all the Bargaining Councils. The President is elected by the delegates to the convention every three years.<br><br> This officer has the job of receiving, identifying, distributing and keeping a day-to-day record of the dues income of the Union. The Secretary-Treasurer is responsible for maintaining membership lists and preparing financial statements. The Secretary-Treasurer also has overall responsibility for government relations, legislation, retirees and the Pediatric AIDS Foundation program.<br><br> The Secretary-Treasurer is elected by the delegates to the convention every three years. This officer 9s responsibilities include organizing, education, mobilization, health and safety, international affairs and CWA/NETT Academy. A major objec- tive of this office is to support critical workplace campaigns.<br><br> The EVP office works closely with the districts and national units to carry out their work. CWA is divided into 8 geographic districts. Each district has a Vice President responsible for supervising all policies and programs of the Union within a district.<br><br> The Vice Presidents work under the direction of the President and they in turn supervise CWA Representatives and other Staff assigned to their districts. Eight Vice Presidents on the Executive Board represent workers in Communica- tions and Technologies; Public and Health Care Workers; Printing, Publishing and Media Workers; Telecommunications; NABET-CWA; TNG-CWA; IUE-CWA and AFA-CWA. Each is elected by delegates from locals with sector members every three years at convention.<br><br> President Secretary- Treasurer Executive Vice President District Vice Presidents International and National Vice Presidents Non-Elected Full-Time Staff 7 CWA DEPARTMENTS AND SECTORS 8 Responsible for 110,000 Electronic, Manufacturing and Furniture Workers. Assists in bargaining contracts, supporting and coordinating other efforts of the Locals. IUE-CWA CWA has a General Counsel who oversees the needs of the union in all legal matters, including arbitration.<br><br> Legal Responsible for assisting 40,000 newspaper and media workers in bar- gaining, organizing and arbitration. Publishes monthly newspaper, the Guild Re porter. TNG-CWA Responsible for developing an overall program on behalf of the Public Ser- vice and Health Care members of CWA.<br><br> This is accomplished by coordinat- ing efforts with other existing departments, publishing a monthly newsletter and sponsoring conferences and training sessions. Public & Health Care Workers Responsible for assisting local unions in the sector in bargaining, arbitration and organizing. Printing, Publishing & Media Workers Responsible for assisting 10,000 employees in the broadcast industry in bargaining, arbitration and organizing.<br><br> Publishes the NABET News. NABET-CWA Represents over 46,000 flight attendants. They have the responsibility to nego- tiate pay, working conditions and safety for Flight Attendants at 26 airlines.<br><br> AFA-CWA CWA is a multi-racial union and accepts its responsibility to represent all members, regardless of gender, color, disability, sexual orientation, creed or nationality. CWA consistently challenges discriminatory practices and fosters enlightened attitudes throughout our union and society. This office coordinates the National Committee on Equity meetings.<br><br> Civil Rights and Fair Practices The International Affairs Department focuses on strengthening bargaining power, the right to organize and resistance capabilities of our members and our allies internationally. The department extends union to union solidarity to advance and strengthen unions and the standard of living of workers in the information sector. International Affairs Focuses specifically on problems dealing with this area by researching and documenting hazards CWA members face, providing technical assistance, training and developing materials.<br><br> Works with the districts and locals in expanding external and internal organizing opportunities. Provides resource support and direct assistance to locals in organizing campaigns. CWA has one of the most active organizing programs in the labor movement.<br><br> The Women 9s Activities office works with other women 9s organizations to advance the state of women workers. The office assists in the planning of CWA 9s women 9s conferences and workshops. Women 9s Activities Organizing Office of Occupational Safety & Health 9 National Coalition of Public Safety Officers Works with the CWA districts and locals in developing and coordinating a national law enforcement labor program.<br><br> Builds membership in city, county and state law enforcement, probation and corrections units. Coordinates CWA 9s political action funds and programs. Works with District Legislative/Political Coordinators to increase CWA 9s grassroots political action efforts and member support of local, state and federal candidates.<br><br> CWA has professional legislative experts and one of the most active grassroots lobbying and political programs in the country. Legislative and Political Department Staffed by research economists, this department of professionals develops strategic analysis of industries and sectors where CWA members are employed. This department also provides research for corporate campaigns and data to support collective bargaining and is responsible for the CWA Website.<br><br> Development, Research and Technology These two departments work together to produce materials and programs that inform members about key issues affecting our union. Mobilization prepares members for actions to improve our strength at the bargaining table, in the workplace and in the community. Education trains stewards, local officers, union activists, and CWA staff in the fundamentals of union representation and contract enforcement.<br><br> Education and Mobilization Department The Communications Department handles CWA 9s internal communications and public relations/media programs and provides a variety of communica- tions services to local unions and other union offices. Communications Department