Women’s March on Washington

womensmarchCWA Local 1037 is pleased to announce that we will be officially participating in the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, January 21st, 2017. The time is now for labor to stand in solidarity with activists from across the country to call for protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families.

CWA Local 1037 will be providing buses from 30, Clinton St in Newark and 50 Labor Center Way in New Brunswick to Washington DC. We will depart New Jersey promptly at 6AM and will return no later than 9PM.

Due to the overwhelming response, the buses from Essex County and Middlesex County are currently full.

There may also be space available on buses coming from other CWA Locals. Use the links below to sign up directly with these locals. You must also notify Local 1037 by email to confirm your seat.

Leaving CWA Local 1039, 191 Central Ave, Newark – Click here to reserve your seat.
CWA Local 1033/1039, 321 West State St, Trenton – Click here to reserve your seat.
CWA Local 1038, Deptford Mall in Deptford – Email your name and cellphone number to Evangeline Banks.

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Stop the Corporate Cabinet: Call Your Senators

CWA is launching a major campaign to fight back against a corporate cabinet that puts the worst of corporate raiders in charge of our government. CWA members are calling their Senators, telling them to oppose these crony capitalists.

The fight began this week with Trump’s pick of Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. As a member of Congress, he’s received hundreds of thousands of dollars from drug and insurance companies. He has a radical plan to destroy Medicare and force seniors to rely on private insurance. Locals are spreading the word throughout CWA worksites, and activists are joining the fight.

Call your Senators now at 888-701-5344. Tell them to block the corporate takeover of our government and the attack on Medicare by opposing the nomination of Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Protect Your Pension! PERS Nominations Are Now Open

PERS NominationsThe nominations for Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Board Trustee are currently underway. It is important that CWA 1037 memberse nominate pro-worker/pro-union candidates to sit on the PERS Board.

The NJ AFL-CIO has endorsed William O’Brien, a union brother and member of IFPTE, as the State Worker representative on the PERS Board. Bill is an incumbent Trustee who has consistently stood up for public workers and we urge his re-election. Continue reading

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GET ON THE BUS FOR HILLARY!!!

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Right now, the election for President of the United States is close— closer than it should be. If Hillary Clinton loses Pennsylvania, Donald Trump could win the election for President. We need CWA members to knock doors in the battleground state of Pennsylvania to help elect Hillary Clinton for President.

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CWA 1037 Next Generation Activists Storm Detroit

slider-for-Summit-2016The CWA 1037 Next Generation Caucus spent three days in Detroit with more than 200 CWA Next Gen activists from around the country for an annual summit dedicated to building our union and the labor movement into the future.

CWA 1037 activists led workshops on “Union Vs. Friedrichs” and “Talking Race & Gender at the Union Hall.” Our very own Abdul-Basit Haqq was also featured in a plenary session titled “A Labor of Love: Building an inclusive labor movement” to share his experience as a Muslim in the labor movement.

While in Detroit, our activists also joined Michigan United and dozens of local community, faith and elected leaders for a Fair Chance rally to “Ban the Box,” part of an international campaign by civil rights groups and advocates for ex-offenders, fighting to remove from their hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record.  This measure gives returning citizens a fair chance at getting a job and becoming a contributing member of our community. Continue reading

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Bargaining Update: IFPTE Local 195 Tentative Agreement

BARGAININGUPDATEYou may have heard that IFPTE Local 195 has a Tentative Agreement for a 4 year Contract Agreement with the Christie Administration. IFPTE represents skilled trade and craft employees in the executive branch and is a smaller bargaining unit than CWA.

We do not as of yet have details as to all aspects of the Agreement, but we understand that it is a 4-year agreement with wage increases of 0, 0, 1.75% and 1.5% across the board each July 1st of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, over 4 years and a $450 onetime bonus in 2017 only for workers at who have been at Max pay for at least 3 years. It also appears that chapter 78 health care contribution percentages are maintained through the contract, and that there are no improvements in healthcare. There may also be important “work rules” and grievance language issues that we have to assess.

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Local 1037 Lobbies for Fair Trade and a Fair Economy

CWA activists meeting with Congressman Frank Pallone . (from L to R – Dudley Burge - Local 1032, Mauro Camporeale – Local 1037, Seth Hahn – CWA National, Congressman Frank Pallone, Abdul-Basit Haqq – Local 1037, Karen Cunningham – Local 1037, Peter Cipparulo – Local 1038, Tanisha Freeldand – Local 1037)

CWA activists from across the country met in Washington, D.C. on June 14 and 15 for the union’s Legislative-Political Conference. The two-day conference focused on CWA’s effort to reclaim the economy and democracy for working families, including the Take on Wall Street campaign and holding elected officials accountable.

CWA Local 1037 activists and leaders lobbied members of Congress on issues including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and reforms to close tax loopholes for corporations and millionaires. CWA is still continuing its campaign to stop the TPP while advocating for fair trade that will protect workers’ rights, environmental regulation, and consumer rights. As part of our Take on Wall Street (http://takeonwallstreet.org/campaign, CWA has also joined with over 20 national organizations to push for reforms of our financial sector and stop taxpayer subsidies for the wealthiest in our country.

On Tuesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren fired up the crowd with an impassioned speech highlighting the Take On Wall Street campaign, Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) spoke powerfully about stopping the TPP, and activists participated in a panel on fighting for a fair economy.

Watch the video here.

On Wednesday, United States Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, who worked tirelessly to mediate negotiations between CWA and Verizon, started the day off with a great speech about strengthening the middle class and organized labor. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) talked about restoring and expanding voting rights and reclaiming our economy.

A panel on the Black Lives Matter Movement looked at how the movement is leading the fight for civil rights in our nation. Panelists talked about the roots of racial and economic inequality, and how as a nation, the lives of black persons and people of color are undervalued.

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Child Care Workers at The Leaguers Vote Overwhelming to Join #CWA1037

IMG_4981The organizing wave continues among early childhood education workers in Newark and beyond as the staff at The Leaguers, Inc. voted overwhelmingly to join the Communications Workers of America Local 1037, AFL-CIO today. After enduring a roller coaster week which began with the signing of a recognition agreement by the employer and ended with an aggressive anti-union campaign, the agency’s 225 workers voted 161 to 18 in an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

This newest organizing effort brings to 400 the number of early childhood education workers who have organized with CWA in New Jersey since January.

The 225 workers at The Leaguers who are now a part of CWA include teachers, lead teachers, associate teachers, EHS teachers, EHS teacher assistants, EHS child care providers, assistants/aides, child care providers, family advocates, receptionists, home visitor specialists, health/nutrition specialists, EHS/CCP clerks, floaters, substitutes, cooks, food service workers, maintenance workers, and custodians. They work at various sites throughout Essex and Union counties.

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STUDENT DEBT CLINIC FOR #CWA1037 MEMBERS

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SUPPORT THE VERIZON STRIKING FAMILIES FUND

Striking Families FundPlease donate to the Verizon Striking Families Solidarity Fund to make sure that members who are facing financial hardship during the strike have a place to turn.

Donations may be made by visiting StandUpToVerizon.com/solidarity. Checks should be made out to Verizon Striking Families Solidarity Fund and mailed to Strikers Solidarity Fund, 501 Third St NW, Washington DC 20001. Contributions will go to help CWA and IBEW strikers.

Your financial support will help the most vulnerable strikers and their families.

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