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CWA Update to Members Regarding Shutdown Pay

Attention CWA Members,

Here is the shutdown pay situation as of July 7, 2017:

Even though workers were paid for the shutdown during Corzine and Federal workers have been paid during the budget shutdown, Chris Christie is refusing to pay anyone who was not an essential employee.

CWA has covered all legal bases— We have filed a Grievance and Unfair Labor Practice already.

Both the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate President are bringing the legislature back next week to vote on a bill that will require the Governor to pay us.

On Thursday, there will be demonstrations, a press event, and rallies throughout the state. Your Local will be in touch with you to let you know how to participate.

Human Resources gave people information as to how to file for unemployment. It is fine if you did, but only workers who lost 2 or 3 days have any chance of getting even a small amount of unemployment benefits. The real answer is to get everyone paid for the day— and that is what we are going to do.

We organize. When we fight— we win.

We will keep you updated.
In Solidarity,

Hetty Rosenstein
CWA NJ State Director