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Bob Master is the Director of Legislative/Political and Mobilization Activities for District One of the Communications Workers of America, which represents 160,000 workers in New York, New Jersey and New England. He began his career at CWA in 1986, and his responsibilities now include overseeing membership mobilization activities during contract campaigns, as well as all aspects of legislative and political action for the union.As CWA’s Political Director, Bob played a central role in bringing together the coalition of unions, community organizations, and progressive activists that founded the New York State Working Families Party in June, 1998. Bob has served as one of the statewide co chairs of the Party since its founding. He helped found and since 2005, he has been a leader of the New Jersey Working Families Alliance. Bob also serves as the Vice President of Citizen Action of New York.Bob began his career in the labor movement as a reporter for the newspaper of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in 1977, and later won the AFL CIO’s Max Steinbock Award for Humanistic Spirit in Journalism for a story about injured workers at J.P. Stevens, a southern textile company that the union was organizing at the time.