Communications Workers: 1947-80
Communications Workers of America formed in 1947 out of the wreckage of the old National Federation of Telephone Workers

The NFTW engaged in a nationwide strike involving 325,000 workers in 1947 in an attempt to gain a nationwide contract.

However, the Bell System wouldn't budget and offered only local agreements. Eventually Bell offered a substandard wage (less than Steel, Coal or Auto had received the same year) as a pattern for local units.

As local unions defected from the strike and made their own agreements with management, the strike was called off.

However the weaknesses of the NFTW led to the formation of CWA later in the year.
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