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Cwa Orange Contract 2021

The Communication Workers of America (CWA) Orange Contract negotiations for 2021 are rapidly approaching. With over 39,000 CWA members working in 10 states along the East Coast, these negotiations will have a significant impact on the telecommunications industry. In this article, we will be discussing the history of the CWA Orange Contract and what we can expect in the upcoming negotiations.

The CWA Orange Contract dates back to the 1980s when workers at New York Telephone went on strike to demand better wages, benefits, and job security. The strike was successful, and an agreement was reached that became the foundation for the CWA Orange Contract. The contract covers workers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and the District of Columbia.

In the past, the CWA Orange Contract negotiations have been contentious, with the threat of a strike looming over negotiations. However, in recent years, negotiations have gone more smoothly with agreements reached without strike action. In 2017, a four-year agreement was reached that included wage increases, healthcare benefits, and job security provisions.

This year, negotiations will take place during uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a challenging environment for negotiations, with work-from-home arrangements becoming the norm for many workers. Additionally, the telecommunications industry is facing increased competition from new market entrants, making it more difficult to maintain wages and benefits.

One issue that is expected to be discussed is job security. With technology advancing at a rapid pace, traditional telecommunications jobs are becoming obsolete. Negotiations will need to address how workers can be trained and reskilled to adapt to these changes and retain job security.

Another issue that will be addressed is the treatment of contractors. The use of contractors in the telecommunications industry has been a contentious issue for years, with contractors often receiving lower wages and benefits than permanent employees. Negotiations will need to address how to ensure fair treatment of contractors while maintaining job security for permanent employees.

Finally, wage increases will likely be a significant topic of discussion. Wages in the telecommunications industry have stagnated in recent years, and workers will be looking for increases that reflect the value of their work.

In conclusion, the upcoming CWA Orange Contract negotiations will be critical for CWA members and the telecommunications industry as a whole. Negotiations will need to address issues such as job security, contractor treatment, and wage increases in a challenging environment. As negotiations progress, it will be vital to keep an eye on how the industry and workers will be affected by any agreements reached.

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