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Take Action: Stop Health Care Rate Increases For NJ State Workers

Health care premiums for New Jersey State Workers are about to see a significant increase in January. CWA 1037 Shop Steward and DCF Family Service Specialist, Davren Noble, spoke to News 12 about the burden this would be for workers. “It’s going to hurt a lot. And the benefits are things that we need,” he said. “All we want is for people we voted for to protect our interests.”

CWA is taking action now by calling Governor Phil Murphy and asking him to stop the health care increase.


Call on your break or at lunch — not after hours — because there’s no voicemail option. You’ll be connected with the Governor’s Office.

Tell them:

My name is_________ and I work in (Dept.). I am calling to ask the Governor to stop any increase to my health care contributions. Thank you.

(If you don’t get through initially, keep calling back until someone answers!) 

Meet Our Shop Steward: Manuel Burse

Manuel Burse is a CWA Local 1037 Shop Steward and a Direct Support Professional at ARC of Essex for the past 14 years. 

Tell us about your work. What do you do?
[MB] – I’m an overnight DSP. I assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live in the ARC residential communities, providing care and support for their needs.

Has being in a union helped in building solidarity?
[MB] – Definitely, I have learned to understand other people and their concerns and issues and build better relationships. My coworkers and I respect and cooperate with each other.

What have you learned from your time as a Shop Steward?
[MB] – It’s not about me. It’s about us. (I also come from a family of Shop Stewards: My father and both my brothers!)

Do you have any tips for members considering becoming a Shop Steward?
[MB] – Communicate and make sure to get all the information to resolve issues.

La Casa De Don Pedro Administrative Assistants Deliver Petition Demanding Pay Increase

On Thursday, July 14, CWA 1037 Members who are Administrative Assistants at La Casa De Don Pedro, with support from NJ Communities United, delivered a petition to Director Peter Rosario demanding a pay increase for out-of-title work. 

Workers have been fulfilling duties outside of their scope of work including responsibilities such as those of family counselors, food service workers, and cleaning and janitorial staff.

The workload placed upon workers with no pay increase is unjust. Workers are no longer accepting being overworked and underpaid. “Un ‘Gracias’ no es suficiente!” ‘THANK YOU’ is not enough!