CWA TAKES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION FOR INVOLUNTARY FURLOUGHS

On Friday, July 7, CWA filed a Grievance with the Office of Employee Relations (OER) and an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge with the Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC) regarding July 1, 2, 3, 2017 involuntary furloughs of CWA executive branch employees and judicial branch employees as a result of the state shutdown.

Visit the CWA NJ website to read a copy of our grievance and ULP filed on behalf of all CWA-represented executive branch employees.

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CWA Update to Members Regarding Shutdown Pay

Attention CWA Members,

Here is the shutdown pay situation as of July 7, 2017:

Even though workers were paid for the shutdown during Corzine and Federal workers have been paid during the budget shutdown, Chris Christie is refusing to pay anyone who was not an essential employee.

CWA has covered all legal bases— We have filed a Grievance and Unfair Labor Practice already.

Both the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate President are bringing the legislature back next week to vote on a bill that will require the Governor to pay us.

On Thursday, there will be demonstrations, a press event, and rallies throughout the state. Your Local will be in touch with you to let you know how to participate.

Human Resources gave people information as to how to file for unemployment. It is fine if you did, but only workers who lost 2 or 3 days have any chance of getting even a small amount of unemployment benefits. The real answer is to get everyone paid for the day— and that is what we are going to do.

We organize. When we fight— we win.

We will keep you updated.
In Solidarity,

Hetty Rosenstein
CWA NJ State Director

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NOTICE REGARDING DENIAL OF PAY FOR STATE SHUTDOWN

The State is issuing directives through all state agencies this afternoon that Governor Christie refuses to pay state workers for the days we were locked out during the state budget shutdown. You will likely receive a message from your Payroll, HR, or Managers to this effect. Every State department is sending slightly different messages so there is a lot of confusion with how the State is rolling this out.

You should receive eCATS codes by HR to enter into your timesheets systems for this week.

The State does agree to pay workers for July 4, but not for July 3 or prior.

If you were designated “essential” and reported to work during the shutdown, you will be paid for any time you actually worked.

If you requested leave time for any days during the shutdown, it is our understanding that leave time will be canceled and you will be put in no-pay status.

CWA opposes this decision and we will enforce our right to be paid during the state lockout when we were ready, willing and able to work, but were forced out.

Our legal team is already working on our legal response to this action by the Governor.

However, legal action will take some time and we are advising some immediate actions by members:

1. Submit your timesheets on time. Enter the code management provides.

2. In the “comments/notes” section of your timesheets, we advise you to enter “INVOLUNTARY LOCKOUT” for any days you were scheduled to work during the shutdown. For most members, this will be Monday, July 3rd. For other members, like in State Parks, Motor Vehicles Commission, state institutions, and elsewhere, this might mean Saturday 7/1, Sunday 7/2, and Monday 7/3.

3. You can file for Unemployment benefits online or by phone. It is not clear whether UI applications for shutdown days will be approved, but we advise all members to apply as a protective measure.

https://njsuccess.dol.state.nj.us/html/uimain.html

The deadline for applying for UI benefits online is Saturday, July 8 or by telephone Friday, July 7 at 4:30pm. However, CWA is requesting an extension of this deadline based on the large number of potential applications and the short notice during a holiday week for people to apply.

4. We are planning worksite mobilization around this issue. Information will be coming from your Locals so we can coordinate activities around the state.

STAY INFORMED!

Contact your Local to sign up for action alerts and membership meetings

To download a PDF of this statement click here: http://cwanj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Membership-Message-Re-Non-Payment-for-Shutdown3.pdf

Communications Workers of America,
District 1 New Jersey

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CWA 1037 Statement on End of State Shutdown

Dear Local 1037 Member,

Thank you to everyone who made calls, sent e-mails, and signed up to picket Assembly offices during the State shutdown. Through your efforts we have been able to end the lockout and return to work. If it were not for this mobilization we would still be out. Your actions made a difference.

While the shutdown is over, the struggle continues. As has been the case for the better part of the last 8 years, this Governor continues to play games with people’s lives. In his press conference late Monday night, Christie stated that with the shutdown ending there would be a paid holiday for Tuesday, the Fourth of July. He has not addressed payment for those who were scheduled to work July 1st – 3rd, and from his statements prior to the shutdown, we believe his intentions are to not pay us.

We believe we must be paid. Both the law and our union contract require we be paid. Our attorneys are prepared to take action and we will have additional updates on our legal strategy as we move forward. But we also know that the same efforts that brought an end to the shutdown and lockout – members mobilizing to put pressure on the decision-makers in Trenton – is what will be required so that every member is made whole and none of our families suffer a loss of income because the politicians did not do their job.

So while today is a day to be proud of the work you have done, be prepared to take additional actions so we can see this fight through to the end. The Governor and, as importantly, the Democrats who enabled him and caused the shutdown, need to know that we will hold them accountable.

A special thank you to the Shop Stewards, Officers and staff who worked tirelessly to end the shutdown under difficult circumstances over the holiday weekend. And again, thank you to all the members who took the time to take part in this fight. We will need you again.

We will continue to provide updates and ask that all members stay informed. If you have any questions, please see your Shop Steward, contact your Staff Representative at (973) 623-1828, or e-mail us at info@cwa1037.org.

In Solidarity,
Ken McNamara
President

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SHUTDOWN ENDED

From CWA NJ:

Assembly Speaker Prieto and Senate President Sweeney have announced a compromise on the Horizon Bill to end the state shutdown on Monday. State Parks and beaches will be open on Tuesday, July 4. All members are to return to work on Wednesday, July 5th. All Wendesday pickets are cancelled. A statement from CWA will follow shortly.

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STATE SHUTDOWN PICKET LOCATIONS

Wednesday & Thursday Picket Locations
We will be picketing from 10 am to 12 pm

Bergen County: Office of Gordon Johnson, 545 Cedar Lane, Teaneck
Essex: Office of Eliana Pintor Marin, 263 Lafayette St, Newark
Middlesex: Office of Craig Coughlin, 569 Rahway Ave, Woodbridge
Monmouth: Office of Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling, 35 West Main St, Freehold
Union: Office of Jerry Green, 200 W 2nd St, Plainfield

Let us know what picket location you are going to. Click here to sign up. Don’t forget to wear red.

For text updates, text NJShutdown to 69866.

Click here to read the CWA statement to members on State Shutdown.

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STATE SHUTDOWN TELE-TOWN HALL

CWA Members: STATE SHUTDOWN TELE-TOWN HALL — MONDAY, JULY 3 at 11AM.

In the event there is still no state budget and a government shutdown on Monday, we will have a tele-town hall at 11:00 am to give you an update on the shutdown and the status of budget negotiations. If we have your phone number, we will call you, or you may dial-in directly at 888-409-5380.

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CWA STATEMENT TO MEMBERS ON STATE SHUTDOWN


Attention CWA Members:

We are reporting from the Assembly Chambers at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

The State of New Jersey is shut down because the Legislature and Governor failed to reach a budget agreement. Essential employees will be told to report to work and everyone else will be locked out of work until this budget is passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.

Representatives of CWA have been here at the State House at every budget and General session seeking to protect our members, our pensions, and State Services. We have been lobbying all day, every day, this week, along with many of our allies in labor, faith, and community groups.

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CWA STATEMENT ON LOOMING BUDGET DEADLINE AND POTENTIAL SHUTDOWN

Statement from CWA NJ State Director Hetty Rosenstein on New Jersey’s budget deadline and looming potential shutdown:

“Time for some budget problems in Trenton…”

“There is as much reason to shut down the State of New Jersey over Horizon as there was to shut the George Washington Bridge for a traffic study.”

“The first responsibility of the Senate and the Assembly is to pass a budget. It is not to pander to or satisfy a discredited Lame Duck Governor’s whims for revenge toward Horizon, by passing a bill that will have broad but unknown impact on 50% of insured people in the State. This would be true during any 11th hour before budget expiration, but it is especially true given the mess in Washington and the Republican Healthcare Death Bill.”

“It is CWA’s position that both the Senate and the Assembly should pass a clean budget bill. If both or either house cannot reach an agreement on a Horizon bill under these circumstances, that should not hold up a budget.”

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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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