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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Student Debt Clinic in Bergen County

Are you currently struggling to pay your or a loved one’s federal student loans?

CWA Local 1037  Next Gen is sponsoring this free event for CWA members who are burdened by student debt. We’ll share information about a variety of government programs that could help you lower your payments or eliminate them altogether.

Space is limited, click here to register.

Join us on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 for a Student Debt Clinic in Bergen County.

Who: CWA Local 1037 members
What: Student Debt Clinic
When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Where: Johnson Public Library, 274 Hackensack, NJ 07601

Space is limited, click here to register.

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CWA Local 1037 Joins Jersey Renews Coalition

CWA Local 1037 is proud to announce it has joined with a diverse coalition of over 30 New Jersey labor, faith, community and environmental organizations to launch Jersey Renews.

Jersey Renews will press current and future state leaders to increase dramatically New Jersey’s commitment to fighting climate change. They released a statement at a State House press conference on January 25 calling for action by the state in a number of areas.

“Climate change poses a massive threat to our state,” reads the Jersey Renews statement.  “(Y)et strong actions to counter it offer an opportunity to prepare New Jersey for the future… New Jersey should be a leader in progressive policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution while maintaining and creating jobs and economic benefits for those most affected.”

The statement laid out a vision of a comprehensive energy infrastructure investment program to achieve these goals.  Additional strategies identified include: improving fuel efficiency in the transportation sector and deploying electric vehicle charging infrastructure; reducing methane emissions from leaking pipelines; increasing green building statewide; expanding energy efficiency at industrial, commercial and residential buildings; and supporting offshore wind development.

To find out more about Jersey Renews, visit their website at http://jerseyrenews.org/.

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Local 1037 Members Join Women’s March on Washington

On January 21, 2017, two buses filled with over one hundred CWA Local 1037 members joined the historic Women’s March on Washington. CWAers joined together in solidarity with millions of women and allies around the world to call for protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our vibrant and diverse communities.

This was the first time CWA 1037 member Korynn Lassiter got on CWA bus for a rally. “I marched with my union because they didn’t hesitate to stand up for me as a woman,” she said. “I marched because whenever women gather for a cause the nation listens and after Saturday, the word was that our platform and our voices were heard!” Continue reading

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Call Your Senators Today: Stop the Corporate Cabinet

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Stop Andy Puzder

Andy Puzder

The Department of Labor was created to help workers, but if Fast Food CEO Andy Puzder is put in charge it’s going to be all about keeping the bosses happy.

Puzder hired a union-busting company to intimidate workers who were organizing for better pay and working conditions at Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. His company has stolen wages from hundreds of workers and he has attacked rules requiring that working people receive paid sick and family leave to take care of their families.

Call your Senator now to make your voice heard and stand up for workers – and against Andy Puzder. Call 888-907-9365 to connect to your Senator, or click here for more info.

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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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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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