To: District 1 Telecom Local Presidents
From: Dennis G. Trainor, Vice President
Date: March 16, 2022
Subject: Broadband Townhall, Thursday, March 24, 2022
Dear Local Presidents,
Please hold the date for a virtual town hall with District 1 Vice President Trainor regarding the massive public investment into broadband:
Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 7-8 PM ET
We want to use this opportunity to inform telecom members about major developments in the telecommunications industry.
The Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $65 billion for State broadband programs. Each state will receive at least $100 million, and many will get much more to expand access to broadband and build-out to unserved and underserved areas. This could be a MASSIVE investment in our jobs, our families, and the future of our union, but we need to fight for it.
Where that money goes and how it’s spent is up to our state legislatures. We need to fight for strong labor standards that ensure the creation of good union jobs for our members. Otherwise, there’s a real danger all that money and work could go to providers that use non-union contractors and leave CWA members out of this groundbreaking project. Please see my recent op-ed in Times Union.
Please share this invitation with your members and join us for a virtual town hall on broadband funding on March 24th from 7-8 pm to learn about this important fight for our work and how you can help.
We have also put together this website with more information: https://cwad1.org/build-broadband-better-cwa