faq

faq

Frequently Asked Questions

Educate Yourself

If you’re going to participate in the Union decisions that affect your workplace life, you should do so intelligently. This means taking the time to learn about the Union and the issues it is dealing with on behalf of the members. If you don’t have a copy of the Union contract, get one and look through it, at least enough to get a good idea about what topics are covered and what the specifics are. Make a mental note not only of what rights the Union is already in a position to protect but also what improvements you’d like to see in the next round of bargaining.

The Rights of a Member

As an active member in good standing of AFA-CWA, you have the right to attend all Union meetings, vote on all motions and in all referendums, vote in all elections, and participate equally with all other members in Union affairs. You have the right to petition for any changes you may desire, under the terms of your By-Laws and the AFA-CWA By-Laws and Rules. You have the right to seek redress of any grievance through the grievance procedure. You may seek Local or National office on equal terms with any other member. You may, if you so desire, seek the office of Master Executive Council. As a member, you, together with your fellow members, are the Union. It is and will be what you make it.

What does AFA-CWA do for me?

AFA-CWA represents you to your employer by negotiating and enforcing a contract, which creates and protects your rights in the workplace, by organizing other workers and by being active in the political arena to advance the interest of working families.

How is AFA-CWA structured?

AFA-CWA is a sector of CWA, which is a representative democracy governed by a constitution in accordance with federal law.  The order of authority created by the CWA Constitution:  Convention, National Executive Board, the District, the Local and the members.  AFA-CWA Sector has its own by-laws, as well as local by-laws, in conformance with the CWA Constitution. The representative process starts with the members who elect Local Officers, Region Vice Presidents, and delegates to district and national conventions.  AFA-CWA Region Vice-Presidents and national officers form the Sector Executive Council, which is responsible for AFA-CWA policies between quadrennial AFA-CWA conferences.

What Are Unions?
A Union is a group of workers who have chosen to band together to promote their common interests. One person standing alone may be weak, but many joined together are powerful.
 
A Union is a group of workers who form an organization to gain:
  • Respect on the job,
  • Better wages and benefits,
  • More flexibility for work and family needs,
  • A counterbalance to the unchecked power of employers, and
  • A voice in improving the quality of their products and services.
Why do I have to pay dues whether I join or not join the Union?

You get the benefits of a contract and representation whether you join or not.  The provision in our agreement, negotiated in accordance with federal labor law, requires all employees covered by the contract to pay their fair share of the representation costs. Click HERE to pay your dues online.

Q: I’ve had to call out sick for the same thing several times and now I have an NOI. Can you help me?

A: You may be eligible for FMLA. You can open a claim with UNUM and get started. For issues that could have you out for several weeks or more, please look at the CBA Medical Leave portion of the contract and read the Sick Leave policies as well as the Leave of Absence portion of the contract. Many times we are doing all this AFTER the FA is facing discipline and points and the possibility of losing their job. Know your options and be an active participant in covering yourself!

Educate Yourself!

Educate Yourself

If you’re going to participate in the Union decisions that affect your workplace life, you should do so intelligently. This means taking the time to learn about the Union and the issues it is dealing with on behalf of the members. If you don’t have a copy of the Union contract, get one and look through it, at least enough to get a good idea about what topics are covered and what the specifics are. Make a mental note not only of what rights the Union is already in a position to protect but also what improvements you’d like to see in the next round of bargaining.