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Free Health Webinars From Horizon For State Workers in the State Health Benefits Plan: July Schedule

Take time to take care of your mind, body, and soul this summer with free health webinars from Horizon. Led by experts, the webinars will cover topics on mental health, physical exercise, and nutrition to help you improve your overall well-being.

Please find the schedule below. To register, simply click on a session.

Virtual Fitness, Monday, July 19, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Learn quick and easy exercises that can be done in under five minutes during the day to keep you staying active and healthy.

Chair Yoga, Friday, July 23, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Whether you’re new to yoga or a yogi, practicing yoga can help lower your stress levels and support a healthy immune system. Grab your chair and take time for yourself!

Nutrition Navigator, Wednesday, July 28, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Let us help you navigate nutrition to plan healthier meals and better understand the nutrition basics for a balanced diet.

For a list of recorded webinars, please visit


On July 1st, La Casa De Don Pedro workers in the Youth and Family Services Division rallied alongside members of CWA 1037, New Jersey Communities United (NJCU) and the Workers in Early Childhood Education Action Network (WECAN) to unionize their workplace.

The La Casa workers, including the leaders of the Organizing Committee, urged their coworkers to vote ‘YES’ to join CWA. Their brothers and sisters from other La Casa divisions are already members of CWA 1037 in Newark, NJ.

Workers showed up in CWA red, waved banners, and voiced their concerns, despite being subject to union-busting tactics from management including a captive audience meeting and a loss of job perks.

Sandra Fernandez, a member of the Organizing Committee and a dedicated worker at La Casa for the past 10 years, called for unity. “I am here fighting for my colleagues. I’m fighting for the right for them to get treated with dignity and the respect that they deserve.”

A Union election is currently underway. Ballots were mailed July 2nd and must be returned by July 23rd, after which the National Labor Relations Board will count the votes.

Watch the Rally Livestream Below: