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The triangle symbolizes the three major programs of the Union: representation, organizing, and community/political action.

None can stand alone.

If the triangle is broken on any side, sooner or later it will be broken on every side. CWA’s founding president, Joseph Beirne, called this the “triple threat.”


The Communications Workers of America (CWA) is the largest telecommunications Union in North America, it represents 700,000 workers in public and private employment, including 500,000 workers building the Information Highway. More than 1,200 chartered CWA local unions are affiliated. Members work and live in some 10,000 communities in the U.S. and Canada.

CWA members are employed in telecommunications, printing and media, public service, health care, cable television, general manufacturing, electronics, gas and electric utilities, and other fields. CWA holds over 1,000 collective bargaining agreements spelling out wages, benefits, and working conditions for its members.

Among major employers of CWA members are Verizon, Cingular Wireless, AT&T, Canitec, the Regional Bell telephone companies (RBOC’s), NBC, and ABC television networks, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the state of New Jersey, and leading newspapers.