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/.
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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Stop 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.
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.
CWA 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.
The nominations for Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Board Trustee are currently underway. It is important that CWA 1037 memberse nominate pro-worker/pro-union candidates to sit on the PERS Board.
The NJ AFL-CIO has endorsed William O’Brien, a union brother and member of IFPTE, as the State Worker representative on the PERS Board. Bill is an incumbent Trustee who has consistently stood up for public workers and we urge his re-election. Continue reading
Right now, the election for President of the United States is close— closer than it should be. If Hillary Clinton loses Pennsylvania, Donald Trump could win the election for President. We need CWA members to knock doors in the battleground state of Pennsylvania to help elect Hillary Clinton for President.
Can we count on you to door knock for Hillary in PA on October 29th and/or November 5th? Continue reading
The CWA 1037 Next Generation Caucus spent three days in Detroit with more than 200 CWA Next Gen activists from around the country for an annual summit dedicated to building our union and the labor movement into the future.
CWA 1037 activists led workshops on “Union Vs. Friedrichs” and “Talking Race & Gender at the Union Hall.” Our very own Abdul-Basit Haqq was also featured in a plenary session titled “A Labor of Love: Building an inclusive labor movement” to share his experience as a Muslim in the labor movement.
While in Detroit, our activists also joined Michigan United and dozens of local community, faith and elected leaders for a Fair Chance rally to “Ban the Box,” part of an international campaign by civil rights groups and advocates for ex-offenders, fighting to remove from their hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record. This measure gives returning citizens a fair chance at getting a job and becoming a contributing member of our community. Continue reading
You may have heard that IFPTE Local 195 has a Tentative Agreement for a 4 year Contract Agreement with the Christie Administration. IFPTE represents skilled trade and craft employees in the executive branch and is a smaller bargaining unit than CWA.
We do not as of yet have details as to all aspects of the Agreement, but we understand that it is a 4-year agreement with wage increases of 0, 0, 1.75% and 1.5% across the board each July 1st of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, over 4 years and a $450 onetime bonus in 2017 only for workers at who have been at Max pay for at least 3 years. It also appears that chapter 78 health care contribution percentages are maintained through the contract, and that there are no improvements in healthcare. There may also be important “work rules” and grievance language issues that we have to assess.
CWA activists from across the country met in Washington, D.C. on June 14 and 15 for the union’s Legislative-Political Conference. The two-day conference focused on CWA’s effort to reclaim the economy and democracy for working families, including the Take on Wall Street campaign and holding elected officials accountable.
CWA Local 1037 activists and leaders lobbied members of Congress on issues including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and reforms to close tax loopholes for corporations and millionaires. CWA is still continuing its campaign to stop the TPP while advocating for fair trade that will protect workers’ rights, environmental regulation, and consumer rights. As part of our Take on Wall Street (http://takeonwallstreet.org/campaign, CWA has also joined with over 20 national organizations to push for reforms of our financial sector and stop taxpayer subsidies for the wealthiest in our country.
On Tuesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren fired up the crowd with an impassioned speech highlighting the Take On Wall Street campaign, Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) spoke powerfully about stopping the TPP, and activists participated in a panel on fighting for a fair economy.
Watch the video here.
On Wednesday, United States Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, who worked tirelessly to mediate negotiations between CWA and Verizon, started the day off with a great speech about strengthening the middle class and organized labor. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) talked about restoring and expanding voting rights and reclaiming our economy.
A panel on the Black Lives Matter Movement looked at how the movement is leading the fight for civil rights in our nation. Panelists talked about the roots of racial and economic inequality, and how as a nation, the lives of black persons and people of color are undervalued.