DALLAS – Communications Workers of America members are waiting out big contract deadlines, but they aren’t sitting still. They are holding marches and rallies, and they are signing up supporters to switch telephone companies if the corporation big shots will not yield to the legitimate demands of their employees.

CWA 6215 in Dallas and CWA 6201 in Fort Worth held multiple pickets and rallies – at least five in one day on April 23 – to demand fair contracts, health care benefits, and an end to outsourcing telecommunications jobs. At the downtown SBC Communications offices in Dallas, a purple 1928 Dodge automobile with a loud siren added to the general enthusiasm.

Even more public actions have already been scheduled.

Participants are asked to wear red at these events to attract maximum attention. In addition to an increasing number of public events, the union also has a program asking people to pledge to take their business away from SBC if the workers cannot get decent treatment. Check www.fairnessatsbc.com for a form and more information.

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