CWA NJ State Worker Tele-Town Hall

State Workers: Hear what happened at our May 17th bargaining session, news on the State budget and more on the tele-town hall on May 31.

Register your phone number on our calling list at www.cwanj.org/signup

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CWA NJ Executive Branch Contract Negotiations Update — May 2017

Brothers and Sisters,

As you know, Governor Christie has illegally denied our increments after Contract expiration. We are awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court on another case where this was done that we believe will overturn the Governor’s actions in our case.

The Governor did this in an effort to gain leverage so that we accept the raises of 0%, 0%, 1.75% and 1.5% that were accepted by IFPTE 195 and the union representing management that we consider to be inadequate.

CWA has been unwilling to be bullied by the Governor and we have insisted upon pursuing our legal case because we believe that we will win. Your Bargaining Team knows that there are members who are anxious to get the increments they are entitled to, but CWA will not establish a TERRIBLE PRECEDENT by agreeing to what we believe is an illegal act by the Governor.

The State has demanded concessions of CWA — which we reject — and has, as of now, not made ANY economic offer — insisting at the May 17th bargaining session that they would not even DISCUSS economic matters until non-economics (including all of their concessions) are resolved. CWA WILL NOT BE BULLIED. We will bargain an honest and legal agreement and we will not gut our Contract or give up language that we have fought for and won in the past.

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APRIL 24 – Picket for a First Contract at UVSO

APRIL 24 – PICKET WITH CWA 1037 MEMBERS AT
UNIFIED VAILSBURG SERVICE ORGANIZATION

In February of 2016, child care workers, service workers and early childhood education teachers at Unified Vailsburg Services Organization (UVSO) in Newark voted overwhelmingly to join CWA 1037.

For the past year these workers have been in negotiations with UVSO management for a first contract. Now management is claiming they have NO MONEY and no control over the pay of their employees – denying them the economic security of knowing what their wages will be from year to year.

THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION IS NOW!

On Monday, April 24, stand up with the workers from the Unified Vailsburg Services Organization (UVSO) as they Picket for a First Contract to send a strong message to management to bargain a fair contract that includes fair wages, job security, and respect and dignity for everyone. The picket will begin at 6:00 pm at the Ivy Hill Preschool at 475 Irvington Ave in South Orange.

Let’s join our CWA Local 1037 sisters and brothers at UVSO in their fight for a first contract and justice on the job, and say in one voice that these dedicated workers deserve a fair and just first contract.

Be sure to wear your CWA Red.

For more information contact Andrew Chang at 973-623-1828.

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Sign the Petition: Tell Ray Ocasio, “Do the Right Thing”

As part of the NJ Better Beginnings campaign, CWA Local 1037 has been working with our partner New Jersey Communities United to bring together child care workers, parents and community members into a movement that uplifts the working conditions for child care workers and the learning conditions for our children. Last year,over 100 child care center workers at La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark overwhelming voted to become members of CWA Local 1037.

SIGN THE PETITION: Tell La Casa’s Executive Director, Ray Ocasio, to “Do The Right Thing!”

These child care workers are fighting for a first contract. The workers at La Casa have focused their negotiations on raising standards across the board, advocating for the communities they serve and fighting to ensure our children receive the quality of education and care they deserve.

But now management at La Casa is refusing to consider wage increases that recognize the value of the hard work and dedication of the workers who have cared for our children for the last 45 years. This has essentially brought contract negotiations to a standstill – along with the implementation of proposals that will benefit the children in our classrooms.

SIGN THE PETITION: Tell La Casa’s Executive Director, Ray Ocasio, to “Do The Right Thing!”

The workers at La Casa who serve our communities and care for our children NEED YOUR SUPPORT TODAY! When child care workers fight for better working conditions, they are also fighting for our children and their future. Sign the petition and #TellRay to DO THE RIGHT THING!

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Together WE Build the RESISTANCE Rally

Together WE Build the RESISTANCE Rally
Friday, March 31st
12 PM
Robert Treat Hotel, Newark

Trump was dealt a huge loss last week in the battle to replace Obamacare, thanks to activists like YOU. And while we celebrate this victory, we must continue to organize against the Trump Agenda. That is why now, more than ever, we need to stand together and send a message to every single elected official….WE MUST RESIST! 

Join CWA Local 1037 as we stand with New Jersey Working Families and partner organizations this Friday, March 31 at 12 PM for a WE Build the Resistance Rally with DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Deputy Chair Rep. Keith Ellison.  The rally is being held at 12 PM at the Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Pl in Newark.

We cannot afford to sit down and silently accept the reversal of our values and rollback of our freedoms.

 

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CWA NJ State Worker Tele-Town Hall

CWA NJ State Worker Tele-Town Hall

On Wednesday, March 29th we will robo call you directly as the Town Hall starts, and you only need to pick up the phone to listen in. If we do not have your number, you may connect to the call by dialing in toll free at 888-409-5380.

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State Worker Bargaining Report | March 2017

Dear New Jersey State Worker,

This is an important letter bringing you up to date on a few issues, so please take the time to read it through. It discusses Contract Negotiations for State Workers in the Executive Branch, the State Budget, and it provides information about our next Tele-Town Hall Meeting.

Contract Negotiations— March 24
We have scheduled negotiations with the Christie Administration for March 24, 2017. (Please wear red to work that day to support the Bargaining Team.) There are several reasons for our change of direction. Back in 2015, the Christie Administration failed to give timely notice for negotiating a new contract, which would mean the contract was automatically extended for one year. This means we would not receive an across the board percentage increase, but that steps and other annual payments should have been paid. Christie’s team disputed this, and we had to challenge it with legal action.

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Scholarship Opportunities for CWA 1037 Members & Families

Are you or a family member attending college next Fall? If so, you don’t want to miss out on any of these scholarship opportunities offered by our partners in the Labor Movement! If you or one of your children are attending or planning to attend a college, a university or a technical school, you may be eligible for one of these scholarships.

  • Applications for the Raymond A. Peterson Scholarship sponsored by the Middlesex and Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Labor Council are due by April 7, 2017. Download the application here.
  • Applications for the Abe Solomon Scholarship Fund sponsored by the Bergen County Central Trades & Labor Council are due by April 15, 2017. Download the application here.
  • Applications for the Ed Purtill Community Services Scholarship sponsored by the Bergen County Central Trades & Labor Council are due by April 15, 2017. Download the application here.
  • Applications for the Essex County Labor Scholarship for High School Seniors sponsored by the Essex-West Hudson Central Labor Council are due by April 17, 2017. Download the application here.
  • Information about CWA’s Beirne Foundation scholarship is available here. The deadline for applications is April 29, 2017.
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March 9 – Get on the Bus for the Moral Thursday Rally

Rev. Dr. William Barber to Lead “Moral Thursday” Rally in Trenton

This is not a moment — This is a movement!

On Thursday March 9, the Moral Movement for social, racial, environmental and economic justice will travel to New Jersey. Rev. Dr. William Barber II will lead a “Moral Thursday” Rally at Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey.

CWA Local 1037 will provide transportation to members from Downtown Newark to the rally in Trenton. The bus will leave at 5:00 pm and will return around at 10:00 pm. Seating is limited; click here to reserve your seat on the bus.  If you can’t get on the bus, and would like the attend, the rally will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church, 340 Reverand S Howard Woodson, Jr. Way (340 Calhoun Street) in Trenton, NJ 08618. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Union members, civil rights, environmental justice, and educational activists, and members of faith-based communities are all expected to rally for this labor-community event that will address resistance to extremism and protecting democracy. Continue reading

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CWA: Puzder Withdrawal A Victory for Working Families

“The withdrawal of Andrew Puzder for consideration as Secretary of Labor is a victory for working families and demonstrates the power of grassroots resistance and mobilizing against corporate greed.”

“Puzder was an outrageous pick for Labor Secretary and to head an agency responsible for promoting “the welfare of wage earners, job seekers and retirees.” His long record of public statements and action opposing a fair minimum wage, overtime pay and other basic policies that support working families made him an unacceptable choice.”

“The Department of Labor is supposed to be on the side of working people when it comes to keeping jobs safe, stopping employer abuse and safeguarding workers’ rights on the job. That’s what working people are looking for from the Secretary of Labor.”

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Reposted from CWA National

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