UPDATE FOR STATE WORKERS: New Jersey Executive Branch Bargaining Report

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.

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ACTION ALERT! “SAVE THE PENSION CAMPAIGN” FOR ALL CWA MEMBERS

cwa pension action alertBrothers 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!

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CHRIS SHELTON ELECTED AS PRESIDENT OF CWA!

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!

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FULL TEXT OF SUPREME COURT OPINION OF PENSION FUNDING FOR FY15, DECIDED JUNE 9, 2015

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:

https://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/opinions/supreme/A-55-14BurgosvState.pdf

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PERS BOARD ELECTION VICTORY!

brown smith victoryPublic 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!

 

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JOIN CWA 1037 AT THE EQUALITY WALK ON JUNE 20TH!

gay heartSupport 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/

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CWA SAYS “THANK YOU” GOVERNOR CHRISTIE

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.

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CWA IS READY TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO PROTECT THE PENSION

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Christie: Flipping the Script

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!

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PROTECT YOUR PENSION

pensionTake an active role in securing your retirement by voting for union endorsed candidates for Trustees to the PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) Board

From April 1, 2015 – May 30, 2015, you can easily vote online or by phone by doing the following:

Take an active role in securing your retirement by voting for union endorsed candidates for Trustees to the PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) Board

From April 1, 2015 – May 30, 2015, you can easily vote online, by mail or by phone by doing the following:

  1. Receive your paper ballot from your HR representative or certifying officer (this should be delivered to you between April 1 and April 10, 2015)
  2. Locate your PIN # on the ballot
  3. Cast your vote by calling 888-845-2757 for County employees or 888-845-2758 for state employees. Online voting is available at  https://vote.election-america.com/NJState

Please keep in mind that only active employees (not retirees) that are enrolled in the PERS retirement system can vote in this election.  If you are a municipal employee, you cannot vote in this year’s election.

If you are an active State Employee, please vote to elect Cary Brown.  To find out more about Carey, CLICK HERE.

If you are a County Employee, please vote to elect Tracy Smith.  To find out more about Tracy,CLICK HERE.

Why is this election important?  WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Last June, the Board of the NJ PERS voted to sue Governor Christie for his failure to make required contributions to our pension. The part of that lawsuit which will determine if the Governor must make the payment for this fiscal year is before the courts right now.  And so, management is looking to win the upcoming PERS election and retake a majority on the Board. If they are successful, the Board will likely vote to defund the current lawsuit – and let Christie off the hook.

Questions about how to vote?  Did you not receive your paper ballot?

Contact the help desk at Help+NJPERS@election-america.com or contact your Shop Steward or Union Representative.

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