On July 14th, 2015, two Salem County DCF workers were seriously assaulted while trying to affect a removal. Although we believe that they are okay and will make a full recovery, make no mistake about this: these workers could have been killed.
We know that you are fiercely devoted to the families that you work with and that no one wants to turn social work and family services into law enforcement – but we must make sure that workers are safe in the field. PLEASE request law enforcement assistance in any potentially dangerous circumstance including any removal. A Buddy is not enough. In this case, the worker had a buddy. Violent and mentally ill clients are extremely dangerous and even our highly skilled staff cannot possibly de-escalate every situation.
We know that we cannot rely upon the current Administration to keep us safe. Continue reading
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As you may be aware, the 2011 Contract was originally due to expire 6-30-2015. Many things have happened in the last several months that have led us to think very carefully about negotiations with the Christie Administration. It has been necessary to focus on the pension and the budget because these campaigns will frame our political work, mobilization, member education and bargaining approach. Here is what we can tell you now:
The 2011 Contract required that either party notify the other that they want to negotiate a new agreement. The notification must come in the form of a registered letter received no later than February 1, 2015. The Contract says that if the letter is not received, the Contract is extended for a year as is. Neither CWA, AFSCME nor IFPTE sent in a letter. The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations had to send CWA a registered letter received by February 1, 2015 or the Contract would extend. They sent us a registered letter received on February 4, 2015. CWA sent the Governor’s office a letter saying that we reserved the right to say that the Contract was extended for one year. By not notifying us in time, it is our position that the Contract terms are extended.
Brothers and Sisters, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 2 against us, while inexplicably acknowledging that the law said exactly what we said the law said, and “morally [our] argument is unassailable,” and while saying that the pensions are owed. We are right, the Majority in the Legislature is right, but the Governor is allowed to be wrong. We have developed a document updating our members on the pension campaign and our current plans of action.
Download Update to Save the Pension Plan for all CWA Members here!
Chris Shelton is now the president of the Communications Workers of America! Please join us in extending our deepest gratitude to Larry Cohen for his years of service to our great union..and a collective congratulations to Chris Shelton!
Decision: In a 5-2 decision the NJ Supreme Court upholds the governor’s appeal. Judges LaVecchia, Patterson, Fernandez-Vina, Solomon and Cuff in majority. Judges Rabner & Albin side with unions in dissenting opinion.
Full text of Supreme Court Opinion of Pension Funding for FY15, Decided June 9, 2015 can be viewed here:
Public workers came out strong in the election for the PERS Board – and the union-endorsed candidates, CWA 1037 Shop Steward Carey Brown and Tracy Smith (AFSCME), won election to the PERS Board! Tracy won her seat 6,231 to 1,941 and Carey Brown won 11,231 to 4,012.
Public workers in New Jersey have not only maintained the pro-worker majority on the PERS Board, but have expanded it!
Congratulations to our very own Carey Brown, Tracy Smith and the tens of thousands of public employees who voted to maintain a pro-worker majority on the PERS Board!
Support your CWA LGBT brothers and sisters! Join us for the 6th Annual Equality Walk in Asbury Park on June 20th! If you can’t walk, then donate! If you can’t donate, then spread the word by LIKING & SHARING!
To support, visit bit.ly/CWA1037Equality
For more information about the Annual Equality Walk visit Garden State Equality at http://www.gardenstateequality.org/
Governor Christie has destroyed services and risked the retirement security of so many New Jerseyans in order to protect millionaires and corporations with tax breaks and subsidies. On top of this, the Governor has consistently forced public workers to pay more, while handing Wall Street outrageous fees for managing the pensions.
Amazingly, Christie believes public workers should send him a thank-you-note. Well, we wrote him one. Take a quick 30 seconds and give our commercial a watch on Youtube.
In his own words, Governor Christie said the 2011 reform gives public workers a “contractual right” to full payments into the pension. Now, he wants to flip the script. It is time for the Governor to act responsibly- obey the law and fund the pension!