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LETTER TO OUR PRESIDENT
Communications Workers of America AFL-CIO,CLC
501 Third Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001-2797
202/434-1110 Fax: 202/434-1139
Christopher M.Shelton President
June 3, 2016
Dona Ellaby, President
42 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Dear President Ellaby,
I want to personally thank you for your Union's extraordinary expression of solidarity for the 40,000 members of CWA and IBEW that were on strike al Verizon. Your generous donation helped our most vulnerable , struggling families make the rent, meet a car payment, or feed their families as they fought for a contract. Your donation will be used to assist strikers who had expenses that could not be covered in any other way. Your support mant that our striking members would not be "starved" back to work and would be able to keep up the figh t. It made a huge difference.
Our strike and striking members stayed strong and were committed to battling the outrageous demands of Verizon, the poster child for "Corporate Greed." This was a fight on behalf of every worker in this country, because if a company making $1.5 billion dollars a month in profit can get away with what Verizon has been trying to do - sending good American jo bs overseas and shifting them to low wage non-union contractors in the United States -then every other employer will follow suit. Someone had to draw the line in the sand, and 40,000 members of CWA and IBEW said "enough is enough."
You and your Union stood up for the middle class. You stood up for working families nationwide. I know I speak for all CWA and IBEW striking families in commending your efforts and expressing our deep appreciation.
We will never forget your unselfish act of solidarity. Fighting the Fight Together!
Christopher M. Shelton