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Communications Workers of America

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COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA
501 3RD STREET, N.W.
WASHINGTON, DC 20001

Locals and Other Affiliated Organizations

UnionUnit Name/LocationMembers
Communications Workers of America Division Iue/cwa District 7  /  Dayton, OH47,000
Communications Workers of America Council Southern California  /  Pasadena, CA19,541
Communications Workers of America Northern California-Nevada  /  San Jose, CA12,597
Communications Workers of America Local 6186Austin, TX10,862
Communications Workers of America Council Western New York  /  Buffalo, NY9,472
Communications Workers of America Local 1037Newark, NJ8,156
Communications Workers of America Local 9119Upte-Cwa  /  Berkeley, CA8,131
Communications Workers of America State Council Ohio  /  Dayton, OH7,933
Communications Workers of America Local 1180New York, NY7,566
Communications Workers of America Local 1040Trenton, NJ7,270

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Financial Information

The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), which is enforced by the Office of Labor-Management Standards, requires labor unions to file annual reports detailing their operations. Contained in those reports are breakdowns of each union's spending, income and other financial information.

Basic Financials

Total Assets $581,989,149
Total Liabilities $302,531,209
Total Income $275,536,603
Total Spent $268,020,412

Total Assets Trend

Assets (Change from previous report)

Cash $17,909,490 (+72.3%)
Accounts Receivable $20,511,703 (-24.3%)
Investments $491,235,905 (+57.3%)
Fixed Assets $37,497,727 (+57.3%)
Treasury Securities $2,430,920 (-98.6%)
Other Assets $301,169 (-76.3%)
Loans Receivable $12,102,235 (+3.6%)

Liabilities

Loans Payable $40,418,339
Accounts Payable $5,000,172
Other Liabilities $257,112,698
Mortgages $0

Income

Dues $0
Per Person Tax $125,053,670
Investments $5,187,041
Supplies $0
Loan Repayment $152,368
Interest $9,646,618
Dividends $65,888
Rents $6,064,417
Fees and Fines $0
Loans Obtained $0
Other Receipts $5,530,618
Affiliates $123,835,983
Members $0
Reinvestments $1,719,601,802
All Others $488,251

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Spending

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) requires unions to report how they spent their money in a number of categories. For the first five, OLMS requires unions to provide detailed information on any recipient that received more than $5,000 per year.

Spending Overview

Spending Breakdown

Representational $55,656,206 (20.77%)
Political Activities and Lobbying $4,393,142 (1.64%)
Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $2,986,800 (1.11%)
General Overhead $23,492,712 (8.77%)
Union Administration $24,388,681 (9.10%)
Strike Benefits $1,293,224 (0.48%)
To Union Officers $2,228,486 (0.83%)
To Union Employees $33,788,062 (12.61%)
Education $0 (0.00%)
Fees $0 (0.00%)

Search All Spending

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Membership

Membership Trend

YearMembers
2002589,143
2003557,136
2004576,153
2005545,638
2006720,534
2007559,083
2008549,791
2009492,762
2010503,790
2011468,469
2012467,001
2013475,114
2014623,020
2015628,413

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Leaders & Salaries

Top Ten Highest Paid Leaders

NameTitleTotal Compensation
$570,030
PETER MITCHELLIUE-CWA GEN COUNSEL$481,540
LAWRENCE COHENPRESIDENT$201,458
ANNIE HILLSECRETARY-TREASURER$185,020
DANIEL WASSEREXECUTIVE OFFICER - PPMWS$177,478
JAMES CLARKIUE-CWA DIV PRESIDENT$173,544
CLAUDE CUMMINGS JRVICE PRESIDENT$171,055
LAURA REYNOLDSVICE PRESIDENT-DIST 9$166,875
EDWARD MOONEYVICE PRESIDENT-DIS 213$166,701
BERNARD LUNZERTNG-CWA PRESIDENT$165,062

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Political Spending

Federal Election Donations, by Party

Last Updated: November 5th, 2016

State-level Political Operations, by Party

Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics by way of Transparency Data.

Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

527 Spending

A union's 527 committee makes contributions to political candidates and other organizations for the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election. Unlike Political Action Committees, which are strictly regulated by the Federal Election Commission, 527s are regulated by the IRS. These committees are often considered a form of "soft money."

527 CommitteeTotal Spent
Communications Workers of America$8,448,138
CWA Local 1032$114,075

Source: Internal Revenue Service by way of the Center for Responsive Politics

Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Lobbying

Federal Lobbying

Lobbying Expenditures Trend

Lobbying Groups

ClientTotal Spent Lobbying
Communications Workers of America$11,355,000

Source: Center for Responsive Politics

Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Crime, Corruption & Racketeering

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) conducts investigations to determine if violations of the Labor-Management Relations and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) provisions have occurred.

Investigations are initiated based on various sources such as complaints from union members; information developed by OLMS as a result of reviewing reports filed; information developed during an OLMS audit of a union’s books and records; and information obtained from other government agencies. Investigations may involve civil matters (such as an election of union officers) or criminal matters (such as embezzlement of union funds).

Corruption and Embezzlement Charges

Type of Criminal ActivityNumber of Incidents
1
criminal charges55
embezzlement charges77
Guilty Pleas80
Indictments26
Officials Sentenced55

Some incidents may be accounted for in multiple categories.

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Financial Audits

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has responsibility under the Labor-Management Relations and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) to conduct audits to determine if unions are complying with the law.

OLMS uses a streamlined audit approach called the Compliance Audit Program (CAP) to audit local unions which utilizes specialized records review and investigative techniques to verify LMRDA compliance.

LocalDateView Audit
CWA Local 2006July 13, 2016Full Audit Text
CWA Local 9333June 9, 2016Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6214May 24, 2016Full Audit Text
CWA Local 2010May 23, 2016Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3412April 19, 2016Full Audit Text
CWA Local 9412April 12, 2016Full Audit Text
CWA Local 9404March 24, 2016Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7621March 14, 2016Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84708March 11, 2016Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4670February 23, 2016Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3402January 16, 2016Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81496December 8, 2015Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1133October 2, 2015Full Audit Text
CWA Local 88643September 30, 2015Full Audit Text
CWA Local 0September 28, 2015Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4641September 25, 2015Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84999September 16, 2015Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14200September 4, 2015Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14625June 11, 2015Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4103April 17, 2015Full Audit Text
CWA Local 9415April 17, 2015Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14514March 27, 2015Full Audit Text
CWA Local 2275January 29, 2015Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84303July 30, 2013Full Audit Text
CWA Local 13302July 3, 2013Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84840June 7, 2013Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81300June 7, 2013Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81154April 23, 2013Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84901April 2, 2013Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84001March 26, 2013Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4630February 19, 2013Full Audit Text
CWA Local 9431January 29, 2013Full Audit Text
CWA Local 745November 6, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81408October 31, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3803September 28, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4773September 28, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 57052September 26, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 2201September 19, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81384September 17, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14117September 11, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6228September 7, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7214August 30, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4319August 10, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1111June 26, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 31034June 12, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6312June 6, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 36047March 30, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84081March 6, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7203March 1, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4216January 26, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4250January 5, 2012Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14708September 26, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 9423September 8, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4385September 8, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3903August 29, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6401August 11, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4640July 26, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 2011July 20, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7102July 14, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 86782July 7, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 34157July 6, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84846June 21, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1290June 20, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 57June 20, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7812June 20, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7201June 6, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 9510May 17, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1133April 13, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3802March 24, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7702February 28, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 13301February 9, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 9505February 7, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81495January 27, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6311January 24, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 86787January 6, 2011Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3902December 15, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1365December 14, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 88177December 2, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 88December 1, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14620November 30, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 88611October 29, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1305October 29, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 34009October 14, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14408September 30, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4620September 30, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3805September 28, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 9503September 13, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81455August 18, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7717July 20, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81076June 22, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4372June 14, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4510June 14, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7037May 21, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7810May 17, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14177May 11, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 9586May 7, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4900April 20, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 52031March 31, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3603March 25, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1051March 11, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 59051March 3, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14705February 26, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 51211February 18, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 89262February 4, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81274January 25, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1115January 20, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81101January 12, 2010Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81143November 17, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1109September 30, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local September 29, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1120August 31, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84729August 12, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 9404August 4, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81320July 28, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81326July 27, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14133July 6, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3640July 2, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1114June 22, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84734June 9, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 88643June 5, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 38177May 29, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 9412May 28, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3617May 11, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 53April 27, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3808April 13, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 38061April 3, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4621March 13, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3176March 11, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6407March 5, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7818February 18, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local February 4, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3974January 26, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7803January 26, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4700January 16, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4379January 9, 2009Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14827December 10, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81201December 10, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84800November 17, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 37083October 30, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84749October 30, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1152October 7, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6310September 30, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1113September 29, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 2203September 22, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84797September 10, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 86114September 5, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81353September 4, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 58213August 27, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6372August 26, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6450August 14, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local SoCalCouncilAugust 12, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1170August 6, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7400August 4, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6320July 25, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1060July 11, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1106June 13, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 51024June 3, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81303May 27, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 3404May 20, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7219May 16, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 37082May 2, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 39117May 2, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 39521April 11, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7290April 7, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6402March 21, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 86116March 17, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7603March 14, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1168March 11, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 2107February 26, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81331February 1, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14148January 31, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4401January 23, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84January 18, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 13500January 16, 2008Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84809July 17, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14169July 12, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4487July 12, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1300July 2, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 34071June 14, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1122June 7, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 13302June 4, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4671May 31, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81311May 16, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1701May 1, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84704April 30, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14177April 24, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 51025April 2, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14845March 27, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1022March 22, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4217March 19, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81215February 28, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7304February 6, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14620January 29, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 86004January 3, 2007Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4603July 18, 2006Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14733June 22, 2006Full Audit Text
CWA Local 38218June 21, 2006Full Audit Text
CWA Local 31032June 19, 2006Full Audit Text
CWA Local 31041June 19, 2006Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4485June 1, 2006Full Audit Text
CWA Local 86113December 1, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84840November 30, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local BeckleyOctober 27, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 81313October 27, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7050September 29, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84749September 27, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84-708September 26, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84-708September 25, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1153August 23, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6350August 16, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7610August 1, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 31026July 5, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6301June 17, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14837June 14, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 14514May 31, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 86106May 31, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 2000May 13, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 1302May 13, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84-727May 10, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7704April 28, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6202April 21, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 84778April 4, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 4675March 10, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 88-123March 2, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 301February 18, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6206February 17, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 7708February 9, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 6009February 1, 2005Full Audit Text
CWA Local 88400December 22, 2004Full Audit Text

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Pensions

Pensions Linked to the Union

Pension Name/SponsorMembersFunding Percentage
Cwa/itu Negotiated Pension Plan
Board of Trustees
30,30870.2
Communications Workers of America Plan for Employees' Pensions
Communications Workers of America
1,199

Source: Internal Revenue Service.

Union Decertifications

Unionized employees can elect to revoke a union's right to represent them through a process called a decertification. In order to decertify a union, a majority of the unionized employees must vote to remove the union in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Recent Decertification Petitions

Case NumberName/UnionDate Filed
22-RD-186653NEW CONCEPTS FOR LIVING, INC.
October 20th, 2016
32-RD-183484Service Employees International Union Local 2015
September 1st, 2016
07-RD-176339Comcast Cable Communications LLC
May 17th, 2016
22-RD-175251Phelps Dodge Industries, Inc. d/b/a Freeport-McMoRan Copper Products
April 29th, 2016
09-RD-174948CTS CONSTRUCTION, INC.
April 27th, 2016
21-RD-174797LONG BEACH PUBLISHING COMPANY D/B/A LONG BEACH PRESS-TELEGRAM
April 25th, 2016
07-RD-172244Comcast of Detroit, LLC
March 21st, 2016
08-RD-166999Marion General Hospital, Inc.
January 5th, 2016
20-RD-166642Comcast Corp.
December 24th, 2015
06-RD-160227Chenega Total Asset Protection, Limited Liability Company (LLC)
September 17th, 2015

Source: National Labor Relations Board
Case Activity Tracking System

Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Allegations

Unionized employees, business owners, managers, and others often bring labor law charges against unions. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) oversees the porcess of determining if the union violated the National Labor Relations Act.

AllegationCases Filed
8(a)(5) Refusal to Furnish Information1038
8(b)(1)(A) Duty of Fair Representation, incl'g Superseniority, denial of access995
8(a)(1) Coercive Actions (Surveillance, etc)930
8(a)(5) Refusal to Bargain/Bad Faith Bargaining (incl'g surface bargaining/direct dealing)914
8(a)(5) Repudiation/Modification of Contract[Sec 8(d)/Unilateral Changes]859
8(a)(5) Repudiation/Modification of Contract [Sec 8(d)/Unilateral Changes]677
8(a)(3) Changes in Terms and Conditions of Employment602
8(a)(3) Discipline471
8(a)(1) Coercive Statements (Threats, Promises of Benefits, etc.)462
8(a)(3) Discharge (Including Layoff and Refusal to Hire (not salting))398
8(a)(1) Concerted Activities (Retaliation, Discharge, Discipline)261
8(a)(1) Weingarten200
8(a)(1) Coercive Rules174
8(b)(1)(A) Coercion, incl'g Statements and Violence170
8(a)(1) Interrogation (including Polling)101
8(b)(3) Refusal to Bargain/Bad Faith or Surface Bargaining77
8(b)(1)(A) Union Dues and/or Membership Related (including excessive fees)75
8(a)(4) Changes in Terms and Conditions of Employment67
8(b)(2) Union Security Related Actions57
8(a)(1) Denial of Access50

Please note that a single case may fall into multiple allegation categories.

Source: National Labor Relations Board; Case Activity Tracking System

Recent Strikes

Employer/LocationUnionDays on StrikeEmployees on Strike
Dresser-Rand Company
Painted Post, NY
CWA Local 1461424
Sprint, Inc. (Leesburg, Ocala, and Winter Garden Dis
Leesburg, FL
CWA Local 426179
South Slope Telephone Company
North Liberty, IA
CWA Local 9055
Pacific Bell,Nevada Bell,AT&T Video & SBC Global d/b/a AT&T West
CA and NV,
CWA Local 3117
American Red Cross Blood Services NY-Penn Regions
Buffalo, NY
CWA Local 8989
Caldwell Manufacturing
Rochester, NY
CWA Local -194839
Swepo Tube Corporation
Clifton, NJ
CWA Local 58
Verizon Information Services
Bronx, NY
CWA Local 277
Overlook Mutual Homes
Dayton, OH
CWA Local 15
Verizon Wireless
New York, NY
CWA Local 12