3055 Dixwell Ave,
Hamden, CT 06518
We joined CWA in 1998 and became CWA Local 1298 after a long history as an independent union. We are represented by a Local President, Secretary-Treasurer, 4 Department Vice Presidents, 4 Business Agents, and 2 full-time Union Assistants, 20 Chief Stewards and over 200 Stewards working for the members in 5 departments which are Commercial-Marketing, Headquarters, Plant 1, Plant 2 and Mobility.
We also employ full-time Union Disability Liaisons to help members manage their disability benefits and FMLA processes with our employers. 2 CWA International Staff Representatives whose responsibilities include chairing Step III grievances and recommending cases to the CWA District 1 office for arbitration as well as assisting the Local with Contract Negotiations and Grievances.
Over 3300 members strong, CWA Local 1298 has bargained contracts with Frontier Communications, AT&T, AT&T Mobility – Connecticut, Massachusetts & Rhode Island, Computer Sciences Corporation, DEX LLC, Unite HERE Alliance, and T-Mobile.
Per our by-laws, we hold quarterly Membership Meetings (please see our calendar) as well as individual local membership meetings held by Chief Stewards for our members who work at our various employers across the states.
In 1989, NYNEX employees were on strike for 17 weeks. The strike was settled in December 1989 but not without a price. In August 1989, during the strike, a Union brother, Gerry Horgan, was struck by a car driven by a scab. Gerry was CWA’s Chief Steward for Westchester County. Shortly after the incident, the wearing of RED was established to show solidarity and remember the blood shed for our fellow brothers and sisters in this strike and any strike. The bloodshed during this strike was not only of our fallen Union brother but the financial difficulties a strike can endure. The bloodshed is also a remembrance of the fight we face every day to protect our precious benefits that the Companies continue to strip away.
Wearing RED on Thursdays is more than just wearing a shirt.
Wearing RED on Thursdays is a sign of unity and solidarity. In times of harmony, it is a symbol of remembrance and in hard times, a sign of strength, courage, power, and resolve of the union to NEVER back down. YOU are the Union! Wearing RED on Thursdays shows that we all stand together in the face of adversity in whatever form it may choose to come. Wearing RED on Thursdays speaks to other coworkers who may be hesitant to show their solidarity. It says to them, “You are not alone, we stand shoulder to shoulder with you, we stand together”!
Let us show management that we are CWA Local 1298 – United and Strong!