For twenty years, politicians from both parties failed to make pension payments for public workers in New Jersey. Our pension plan could run out of money as early as 2022!
CWA members and our public union allies have been knocking on doors every Saturday (through May 21st) to talk with other union members about the Pension Amendment on the ballot this November. Join us by signing up at http://bit.ly/PensionWalk!
CWA has been fighting for years to make sure the pension is funded. We’ve organized, rallied, lobbied and advocated in the courts to make this happen. In 2011, a law was finally passed that required funding. But the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that law was unconstitutional. If the Supreme Court says the Constitution doesn’t allow our pensions to be funded, we’re going to CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION.
WE ARE FIGHTING BACK! JOIN US AND SIGN UP TO PASS THE PENSION AMENDMENT! Visit http://bit.ly/PensionWalk to sign up for Saturday morning Labor-to-Labor walks!
This November, we are asking voters to amend the Constitution to hold politicians accountable and protect our pensions. And it starts with YOU!
As always, CWA leaves no stone unturned when it comes to fighting for our members. To this end, CWA has joined other public sector unions to take our issues to the courts. We were also anxiously awaiting a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Friedrichs vs. the American Federation of Teachers. Over the last few weeks there have been decisions made, court dates scheduled and a dramatic shift in the make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court.
No doubt, you’ve already heard that ultra-conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed, leaving a seat empty on the highest court of the land, and shifting the balance of power from 5-to-4 to an even split between conservatives and liberals. For public workers and our unions, this means that the Supreme Court will – by vote or by default – uphold the lower court’s decision that public sector unions can continue to collect agency fees from non-members in order to fund our mandates to represent public sector workers in contract negotiations and contract enforcement.
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 Middlesex & Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Labor Council Raymond A. Peterson Scholarship are due no later than April 8, 2016. Click here to download the application.
- Applications for the Abe Solomon Scholarship Funded sponsored by the Bergen County Central Trades & Labor Council are due by April 9, 2016. Download the application here.
- Applications for the Essex-West Hudson Labor Council Scholarship are due April 15, 2016. Click here to download the application.
- Information about CWA’s Beirne Foundation scholarship is available online at http://www.cwa-union.org/pages/beirne_scholarship_application. The deadline for applications is April 29, 2016.
- Applications for the Monmouth & Ocean Counties Central Labor Council Memorial Scholarship are due no later than May 6, 2016. Click here to download the application.
The results are in and CWA members statewide voted overwhelmingly in favor of a dues increase by an 81 percent “YES” to 19 percent “no” vote! In Local 1037, we had 88% support for the measure, as members voted 2,566 to 343. This means we can afford to run an effective campaign to pass the Constitutional Amendment on the ballot this November requiring the State to fully fund our pensions!
But this vote was just one step in a much bigger campaign – and we need EVERY MEMBER to commit to making sure we win the Constitutional Amendment in November. That means talking to your friends, family and co-workers, but it also means phone banking and door knocking and anything else we need to do to bring our message to the voters. Together, the 800,000 New Jersey residents who are current or future retirees can win – if we all do our part!
Sign up to participate in door-knocking, phone-banking, and whatever it takes to make sure this ballot initiative passes! You can sign up online at http://bit.ly/OurPension.
In November, Chris Christie unveiled a plan to privatize Liberty State Park, New Jersey’s crown jewel on the banks of the Hudson River. Christie’s plan – euphemistically named “Sustainable Parks” – calls for a possible low-rise hotel along the waterfront, restaurants, an amusement park, indoor sports complex and an amphitheater at the south end of the park. Even worse, the plan would privatize and commercialize one of New Jersey’s greatest public assets.
CWA 1037 stands with a long list of environmental organizations, community groups, civic leaders and elected leaders who are strongly opposed to this plan. Beyond protecting the jobs of CWA members who make Liberty State Park great, we also recognize the serious environmental, social and economic impacts of privatizing and developing the park.
Liberty State Park is known as “The People’s Park”- we’ve won these battles before, and we believe we can win again! Please join us and take a stand against Christie’s plan to privatize Liberty State Park! Sign the petition at http://www.savelsp.org/!
CWA, the AFL-CIO, NJEA and our public worker union allies have taken the next step in our fight to save our pension and the retirement security of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents. A ballot question during this coming November’s elections would amend the New Jersey Constitution to ensure that our pensions are fully funded. Now we need you to take the next step by joining this fight.
Just this week, more than 500 CWA Shop Stewards from across New Jersey gathered in East Brunswick to discuss how we win this campaign. What we know is that it will take a lot of hard work, one-on-one conversations, door-knocking, phone banking and a plan to fund these efforts. To win, we will need to take our message to New Jersey voters – even as powerful special interests try to convince voters otherwise. Continue reading
Workers at Unified Vailsburg Services Organization (UVSO) in Newark voted overwhelmingly to join CWA 1037 in a National Labor Relations Board vote on February 26th. The 113 workers in UVSO’s child development centers, after school programs, and teen center voted 77 to 6 to join CWA Local 1037.
The newly-organized group includes teachers, teacher assistants, maintenance workers, food service workers, administrative assistants, family workers, floaters, wraparound substitutes, wraparound staff, after school workers, and teen counselors. Workers at UVSO join those at La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark who organized with CWA last month as well as the 1,000 child care providers and 10,000 workers all together who are already members of CWA Local 1037. Continue reading
On January 20, in an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the workers at La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark voted overwhelmingly to join the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. The nearly 60 workers in La Casa’s Early Childhood Division voted 41 to 9 to join Local 1037!
The newly-organized group includes teachers, assistant teachers, administrative assistants, receptionists, drivers, family workers, janitors, cooks, substitutes, and wraparound staff.
Workers at La Casa will join the 1,000 other child care providers and 10,000 workers all together already represented by CWA Local 1037.
On January 11, the last day of the 2015 Legislative session, the New Jersey Legislature approved resolutions (SCR-184/ACR-3) to place a constitutional amendment before the voters on the ballot in November requiring the state to fulfill its obligation to make full payments into the pension system, protecting the benefits earned by workers.
The Senate passed the pension amendmentresolution 23-16 along party-lines with every Democrat voting in favor of responsiblepension funding and every Republican voting against it. The NJ Assembly passed the resolution with a vote of 43-27 with one abstention. Continue reading
In vetoing Leah’s Law, Governor Christie has put thousands of DCF workers at risk of injury or even death. Leah Coleman was stabbed over 20 times by a deranged client, she lost over 50 pints of blood, she nearly lost her life and there was not a single member of law enforcement present in an office with hundreds of workers engaged in some of the most dangerous work in the State. In the year since her attack, there have been more than a dozen threats of bombings and shootings of DCF workers and workers have been both threatened, held hostage and physically attacked in the field. Continue reading