Sep 122014

Over two dozen volunteers from Local 4034 accompanied by some AT&T management volunteers joined more than 1,300 other community volunteers for the 2014 United Way Day of Caring. They worked in their communities on a variety of projects such as community clean-up, assisting the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and many other worthy projects around the Grand Rapids area.

Our Local has long been known as the “Community-minded Union” and our members have never failed to step up when asked — in fact they rarely wait to be asked! Over the next few weeks, the Local chairperson of our Community Services Committee, Lynette Hooker, will be visiting AT&T locations to ask our members help in providing more help to our Local communities. Our Local partners with United Way in part due to their practice of putting local donations right back in to the local communities; so members can be assured that their money is being used to help others right in their hometowns.

If you are present in one of the meetings in your office or bull-room when Lynette makes “the ask” please consider putting your money towards the United Way! Thanks once again to our many volunteers both craft and management, active and retired.

Jun 302014
Union Scholarship

Union Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that a random drawing chose the winners of the Robert D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship, and the recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

Zachary M. Smith, sponsored by Craig Smith of CWA Local 4622.

Tyler Sorey, sponsored by Holly Sorey of CWA Local 4202.

Shane G. Tennyson, sponsored by Gregory Tennyson of CWA Local 4603.

Congratulations to all of our winners, and good luck to them as they pursue their studies with support from the Communications Workers of America – District 4.

The Robert D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship fund was established by a unanimous vote at the 1999 CWA District 4 Meeting in memory of District 4 Vice President Emeritus Robert D. Johnson. A random drawing is used to select the scholarship awards.

 Posted by at 3:33 pm
Feb 262014
Union Scholarship

Union Scholarship

The Robert D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, administered by the Cleveland Foundation, is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Application deadline is 5 p.m. EDT, March 31, 2014.  Awards will be announced by June 16, 2014.

The fund was established by a unanimous vote at the 1999 CWA District 4 Meeting in memory of District 4 Vice President Emeritus Robert D. Johnson.  A random drawing is used to select the scholarship awards.
Applications must be completed and submitted through the Cleveland Foundation’s Scholarship Gateway site. Click here for website link and application instructions.
Dec 262013
Union Scholarship

Union Scholarship

This is a reminder that applications are now being accepted through April 30, 2014, for the CWA Joe Beirne Foundation’s annual scholarship offerings for the 2014-2015 school year.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved the awarding of fifteen (15) partial college scholarships of up to $3,000 each, and the winners also will receive second-year scholarships for the same amount, contingent upon satisfactory academic achievement.

Eligible for the scholarships are CWA members, their spouses, children and grandchildren, including the dependents of retired, laid-off, or deceased members.  Applicants must be high school graduates or high school students who will graduate during the year in which they apply.  Undergraduate and graduate students returning to school may also apply.

Applications will be available solely online for completion and submission to the Foundation’s website:

Dec 202013
Christmas-RaffleWe have always been proud of our members’ and retirees’ generous natures, and they (you!) have come through again to help those less fortunate. Whether it be our United Way campaigns, our Special Olympics Bowl-a-thon, or our Christmas 50/50 raffle.
Thanks to all who helped in selling tickets, especially our Lead Stewards; we were able to collect $1040.The winning ticket drawn was that of Michele Kenway of Alpine Construction, so a big congratulations goes out to her.
These proceeds, along with an additional $180 of generous donations from some of our brothers and sisters, mean that a total of $700 will be split between Mid Michigan Food Bank in Lansing, and Feeding America West Michigan in Grand Rapids.
Thanks also to our Retired Members Council for also donating $150 to each of these organizations.  They have never failed to step up.
Please have a very Merry Christmas, and a safe one, too!
Thanks again for all the hard work this year on everything you do, and hopefully you and your family have a safe and joyful holiday season.
Feb 132013
Morton Bahr

CWA President Emeritus Morton Bahr

Empire State College, part of the State University of New York, now is accepting applications for the Morton Bahr Online Learning Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The scholarship honors CWA President Emeritus Morton Bahr, who has been committed to lifelong learning and helping to provide educational opportunity. Bahr is an alumnus of Empire State College.

For more information and to download an application, click here. Continue reading »

Jan 222013


Fifteen partial college scholarships of $3,000 each are being offered for the 2013-2014 school year. Winners, selected in a lottery drawing, also will receive second-year scholarships of the same amount contingent upon satisfactory academic accomplishment.  Part-time students, less than 12 credits, will receive half of the scholarship monies.

Eligible for the awards are CWA members and their spouses, children and grandchildren, including those of retired or deceased members. Continue reading »

Dec 212012

Christmas-Raffle[Update: Rob Ryan has generously donated $50 of his winnings to Feeding America. Thanks, Rob!]

Congratulations go to Rob Ryan, a Grand Rapids Uverse Premise Technician, who was the lucky winner in our Feeding America 50/50 Christmas Raffle. Thanks also go all the members who contributed both their money and their non-perishable food to the Feeding America program, which helps people right here at home in our own communities.

The generosity of our members and retirees amounted to $817, half of which was won by Rob Ryan. Our members and retirees also contributed many boxes of non-perishable food, which we will deliver to the Feeding America warehouse for distribution to those in need.

Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Thanks to their extensive networking and extreme efficiency, they are able to provide 8 meals for just $1.

Interested in helping out? Food donations are always appreciated, as is volunteering. However, Feeding America’s large network of partners allows them to leverage your cash donations in significant ways, right here in our communities. Find out how to help by clicking here.

Thanks, CWA members and retirees. Your generosity while never surprising, is always amazing. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dec 122012

Good news! After months of hard bargaining with a vicious employer demanding steep cuts to wages and benefits culminating in a months-long strike, these unionists finally have a contract! These brave workers went months with no income to get a contract, even as more than a dozen scabs crossed the picket-line.

Unfortunately, due to the seasonal nature of the business they have returned to work only to be laid off for the winter. The pancake breakfast fundraiser is still on and they can still use all the help we can give them. It will be held at the address below on December 16 at 8:00 a.m. A minimum donation $5.00 is being requested and there will be a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds to go to the strikers. Hope to see you there!

  • Who: Teamsters Local 406 Grand Rapids Gravel Strikers
  • What: Pancake Breakfast Benefit
  • When: Sunday December 16, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Where: Teamster 406 Hall 3315 Eastern SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508
  • Why: We are Union. We look out for each other!
Oct 052012

Every year, members of Communications Workers of America Local 4034 donate hundreds of hours, and thousands of dollars, to  their community. Partnering with Heart of West Michigan United Way, they work on a variety of projects that directly benefit members of the communities in which we work and live.

Additionally, our members continue to lead in donating money each year that goes to benefit many charitable causes in our local communities. These charities are selected with the input of our own president, Ryan Letts, who sits on the board Heart of West Michigan United Way. Coordination of the Day of Caring volunteers fell to Cori Rodriguez who worked tirelessly on this campaign. A big thanks goes to her for stepping up this year after our previous coordinator, Kym Farmer, moved to Saginaw. Nice job, Cori! But remember: The reward for good work, is more work! See the pictures below:

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