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

In Solidarity,
Ken McNamara

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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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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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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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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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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

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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


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.


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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