Labor leader renews call to bring troops home (video)

In a quick interview after the Communications Workers of America convention, CWA President Larry Cohen talks about the union’s message to America, bringing the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan and endorsing President Barack Obama. (Video below).

President Obama addressed the union’s convention via video, congratulating them on two major union victories at Charlotte, N.C.-based Piedmont Airlines (3,000 workers) and flight attendants at United/Continental (about 25,000 workers). He also renewed his commitment to workers’ right to form a union and bargain collectively.

Major CWA campaigns include organizing T-Mobile workers, and negotiating a good contract for Verizon workers. The convention elected its leadership, passed resolutions for action, including on organizing young workers, opposing cuts to Social Security, challenging voter ID (suppression) laws and the Colombia-U.S. Free Trade pact. Much attention was given to the state-level fights unfolding including, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida and New Jersey.


Teresa Albano
Teresa Albano

Teresa Albano is a staff writer for People's World and an award-winning journalist. Born and raised in Chicago, Albano is a member of the Chicago News Guild-Communications Workers of America and has been covering political, labor and social justice issues for more than 25 years. Albano was the first woman editor-in-chief of People's World, 2003-2010, leading the transition from weekly print to daily online publishing and establishing PW's social media presence.

Albano lived in New York City for 13 years and has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, including to India, Cuba, Angola, Italy and to Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. She received awards from International Labor Communications Association, National Federation of Press Women and Illinois Woman Press Association, including its prestigious Silver Feather Award. Albano attends Northeastern Illinois University and recently received NEIU's Future Alumni Leader award. She will graduate in December 2016. 

Combining her passion for swimming and for social justice, she founded the blog, Swimming Social, during the 2016 Rio Games.