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Committee for Better Banks (CBB)

The Committee for Better Banks is a coalition of bank workers, community and consumer advocacy groups, and labor organizations coming together to improve conditions in the bank industry. We work for just wages, fair working conditions, career paths, job security for front-line bank workers. Members of the Committee for Better Banks work together to end predatory banking practices that harm workers and the customers they serve.

CBB member organizations include: Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change (NYCC), New Jersey Communities United, Minnesotans for Fair Economy, Jobs with Justice and local affiliates, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, the Communications Workers of America union (CWA) and UNI Global Union.

CBB members organize together to make change in their workplaces and in the banking industry. We have conference calls where bank employees from around the country discuss the challenges we face on the job and support each other. We meet with our coworkers, create petitions and join in days of action. When CBB members seek union representation they join the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

Communications Workers of America (CWA)

Communications Workers of America (CWA) is a founding member of the Committee for Better Banks (CBB). CWA represents 700,000 workers in private and public sector employment in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico in 1,200 chartered CWA local unions. In 10,000 communities across the United States, CWA members work in telecommunications and information technology, the airline industry, news media, broadcast and cable television, education, health care and public service, law enforcement, manufacturing and other fields. Since 2013 CWA has been the leading union in the United States organizing bank workers and advocating for progressive changes in the banking industry.

Founded in 1938, CWA got its start representing telephone workers as the National Federation of Telephone Workers. It was renamed the Communications Workers of America in 1947. Today CWA represents workers in all areas of communications, customer contact, high technology, and manufacturing professions in both the private and public sectors, including health care, public service, education, customer service, airlines, and many other fields.

CWA membership means representation and a voice on the job every day. At the job site, trained union stewards deal with members’ workplace issues, including handling grievances. Members are further supported by CWA local activists and staff experienced in contract negotiations, work­place health and safety, benefits, education, employee assistance programs (EAP) and more. CWA is a democratic union. Members determine their own bargaining goals, elect their own negotiating committees, and vote to ratify the terms of their own negotiated contracts.