On behalf of all our members who may try to file for unemployment benefits for the days where the State has refused payment for the shutdown, CWA has sent a formal request to the Department of Labor to extend the filing deadline for UI until the end of next week. Please be sure to check eligibility for UI benefits as you apply. We will keep you posted on this.
State and Judiciary Members will be receiving a robe-call from CWA today with an update on our efforts to be paid for the shutdown/lockout. Below is the robot call.
Attention CWA Members:
Here is the shutdown pay situation as of 7/7/2017.
Even though Workers were paid for the shut down 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 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 Insurance. 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.