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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 23 May 2019
Volume 38 : Issue 143 : "text" format
|Table of contents|
|CWAers Land Major Legislative Victory For Working People In
Maine [Telecom]||Bill Horne|
|Re: Ajit Pai proposes new rule that would allow carriers to
block robocalls||Bob K|
|Re: Worker Gets CEO to Agree that Verizon Wireless Workers
Have a Right to Join Unions||HAncock4
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Date: Wed, 22 May 2019 00:01:24 +0000
From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net>
Subject: CWAers Land Major Legislative Victory For Working People In
(This is from the CWA District One newsletter)
CWA Local 1400 members in Maine saw a lot of hard organizing and
advocacy work pay off last week as Governor Mills signed new
legislation into law on May 13th that will increase protections for
the state's working people.
The bill was sponsored by Maine House Rep. Michelle Dunphy, a call
center worker and CWA Local 1400 member who championed the bill along
with Shenna Bellows in the Senate. Local 1400 members advocated for
the bill, along with the Maine AFL-CIO, and the Maine People's
The bill, which initially covered call center workers and was later
expanded to include all businesses with more than 100 employees, will
require companies to give more advanced notice to workers when
initiating layoffs. This will allow workers, their families, and
communities to better prepare for impending layoffs. The bill was
passed quickly through both sides of the legislature, with the State
House voting 78-50 in favor of it on April 30th, followed by the
Senate, which passed it 21-14.
"The passage of LD 201 is great news for working people in Maine,"
said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor. "I congratulate the
members of CWA Local 1400 for their persistence in lobbying for this
important piece of legislation. When workers stick together we get
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Date: 21 May 2019 16:27:06 -0400
From: "Bob K" <SPAMpot@Rochester.RR.com>
Subject: Re: Ajit Pai proposes new rule that would allow carriers
to block robocalls
On 5/19/2019 7:59 PM, Monty Solomon wrote:
> Ajit Pai proposes new rule that would allow carriers to block robocalls -
In my estimation blocking robocalls is only half of the problem. The
other part is the ability to spoof caller ID. While there is an
occasional legitimate reason to do this, it is being abused far greater
than it should be.
I would suggest that anyone with a legitimate need to show caller ID
that does not point back to the calling number would need to register
the spoofed information with their telephone service provider. All
other calls with incorrect caller ID should be blocked right at the
source, or when they come into this country.
I am on the "Do Not Call" list (which I think provides a list of good
numbers for the telemarketing industry), but how can I complain about
calls received when they came from the little old lady down the street,
or many that show "not assigned"?
Date: 21 May 2019 13:20:28 -0700
From: HAncock4 <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Worker Gets CEO to Agree that Verizon Wireless Workers
Have a Right to Join Unions
> I don't like facepage sites: they're evil. But, the CWA is still
> fighting the good fight, so I'll leave it up to you.
In my opinion...
Lots of American workers need to be in a union these days
to protect their basic standard of living from exploitation.
Companies have been making enormous profits in recent years,
but not sharing it with the workforce. The top executives
and Wall Street have done very well.
The telecom carriers don't seem to treat their workers very
well, and the carriers sought to eliminate unionized jobs
inherited from the old companies.
Unfortunately, today's unions are either extremely weak or
out of touch. Some unions are still fighting ancient
battles that are no longer relevant. Some are fighting
for narrow special interests, not the overall workforce.
>From my contacts with CWA, they're on the right track, but
they're very weak.
End of telecom Digest Thu, 23 May 2019