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Update on Retroactive Checks Due from July 1, 2015-June 30, 2019 Contract

CWA Members, ACTIVE workers on Centralized Payroll regarding retroactive money due from the July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2019 contract:

1. Retroactive checks for back increments and the August 1, 2017 2% across-the-board increase will be distributed on October 26, 2018. These will be separate paper checks, and because there could be several increments owed and the pension withdrawal was different for each year of the retroactive increases, there will be several checks. In fact, if you had many personnel actions over the three years of retroactive money, including promotions, you could be receiving as many as 3 to 10 separate checks. You will have to review the pay stubs of each check so that you understand what they are for. CWA has asked for a spreadsheet of everyone’s retroactive checks. All of the checks will have withholding from them, except that you will not be charged retroactive healthcare deductions.

2. $650 bonuses for people at max have been distributed, however, we are having a dispute with the State about some people who were not provided with these bonuses even though they did not receive increments. CWA has filed a grievance on behalf of everyone who didn’t receive an increment and should have gotten a $650 bonus but didn’t. If you should have received the bonus and didn’t, but you didn’t file a grievance, that is okay– we filed it on your behalf already.

3. When the retroactive checks are received and you have had a chance to review them, we will distribute a process for asking payroll to review any mistakes if you think one has been made. Please do not guess at how to get that addressed. This has been a complicated and difficult process of running the time clock back to get the calculations right we just need to get money in hand and work through each difficulty as it comes up.

FUNDING THE CAMPAIGN TO #FUNDTHEPENSION

IMG_15001CWA, the AFL-CIO, NJEA and our public worker union allies have taken the next step in our fight to save our pension and the retirement security of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents. A ballot question during this coming November’s elections would amend the New Jersey Constitution to ensure that our pensions are fully funded. Now we need you to take the next step by joining this fight.

Just this week, more than 500 CWA Shop Stewards from across New Jersey gathered in East Brunswick to discuss how we win this campaign. What we know is that it will take a lot of hard work, one-on-one conversations, door-knocking, phone banking and a plan to fund these efforts. To win, we will need to take our message to New Jersey voters – even as powerful special interests try to convince voters otherwise. Continue reading