Communications Workers of America Local 1298


Communication Workers of America Local 1298, a local union representing around 1,800 telecommunications workers across Connecticut, is challenging a series of decisions by Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA); these decisions force telecommunications companies to employ nonunion contractor labor for work that for decades was performed by union workers in Connecticut. On behalf of CWA Local 1298, WIRAC students filed a petition contending that PURA's contractor requirement exceeds PURA’s statutory authority as defined by General Statutes § 16-42 by interfering with contracts between public service companies and their employees. PURA’s contactor requirement is also preempted by federal labor law and is arbitrary and capricious in violation of General Statutes § 4-183(j)(6). Connecticut law requires submission of a petition before a PURA decision may be litigated in court.

Read CWA Local 1298’s petition to PURA