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Mass Union Rally at the Statehouse – Sept. 13!

CWA along with other unions across the state will rally at the Statehouse in Trenton on Tuesday, September 13 to fight the increase in healthcare benefits contributions.

The State of New Jersey is proposing raising healthcare premiums by upwards of 20.7% — a drastic increase that would create a hardship for State Workers. CWA Local 1037 invites all to participate in the following actions to keep healthcare affordable.

Join the Rally!

All are welcome! Bring your coworkers, your family, your congregation, your community to fight to keep our healthcare affordable! Wear your union colors! Sign up here

Tuesday, September 13

12PM Noon

Statehouse Annex

Trenton, NJ

Parking is available at the following locations:

  • 167-231 W. State St
  • 16 E. Front St
  • 201 S. Warren St
  • 23-99 N Chancery Lane

Call Gov. Murphy: Tell Him To Stop The Increase!

Take action now: Call Gov. Murphy (833) 479-1993

Call on your break or lunch — not after hours — there’s no voicemail option. You will 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!)

For more information about the State Health Benefits Program Proposed Rate Increase, click here.

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.

TAKE ACTION TO STOP THE STATE FROM INCREASING YOUR HEALTH CARE CONTRIBUTIONS

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.