Dear CWA 1036 Members,

 

As expected, the United States Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, against workers and their rights to collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. The case, Janus v. AFSCME, makes the entire public sector “right-to-work”, which is an ironic moniker for having no rights at work.

 

By allowing non-members to pay nothing for the services and benefits that having a Union provide; such as grievance representation, collectively bargained raises and benefits, and due process rights for discipline, the purpose of this decision is to undermine the Union, cause division among members and non-members, and make it more difficult to fight for our members.

 

There are open questions from the decision, such as the extent to which a non-member is still covered under our contract and whether they receive any representation from the Union if they pay no representation fee or dues.

 

The Janus ruling is a blow, to say the least, but it cannot and will not defeat us. Here in New Jersey, we stood together through eight years of one of the most anti-worker administrations in this state’s history. By standing together and standing firm, we fought off the worst proposals and emerged with a new administration and a new Contract. Make no mistake, we only made it through to this point by standing together as a Union.  When we stand together and commit to fighting for one another we will not only survive whatever they throw at us but grow stronger as a result.

 

Please also understand that having a Union is what gives us the ability to fight for raises, benefits, and due process protections. Without a strong Union with vigiliant membership, ALL of those things are at risk, including the Contract that we ratified today.

 

Right now, solidarity and unity are more important than ever. We have no time to mourn, grumble, or pout. 

 

Janus does one thing for certain – there are no more sidelines.  There are members of the Union, fighting to protect one another and what we have gained by building power for workplace justice, and then there are people outside the Union, who are not a part of it. Our members are our strength and will continue to be. 

 

In the last month alone, CWA 1036 has been working hard for members: 

 

  • Settled the PNCR Contract, with an overwhelming majority in support;
  • Successfully defended our right to progression payments;
  • Fought to preserve and defend our pension system;
  • Protected members and non-members from the malfeasance of certain managers;
  • Signed up almost 100 new members;
  • Held dozens of worksite meetings across the state, keeping members informed about everything from workplace to international issues important to workers and their families;
  • Are CURRENTLY fighting to stop a state shutdown and make sure that any budget that passes does not endanger our healthcare or pensions

 

This is the work that our MEMBERS do. These are the victories that our MEMBERS win.   None of it is guaranteed unless we keep fighting for it.

 

We are still CWA STRONG!

 

SOLIDARITY FOREVER.

  

PS - For more information on this decision, please visit:  

https://www.cwa-union.org/cwa-strong-janus-decision-materials

 

 

 

THANK YOU to the members of CWA Local 1036.  Your efforts in our budget mobilization were critical in applying the pressure needed to get this deal done before another government shutdown occurred again this year.

We generated thousands of calls to legislators and lined the hallways at the state house. We didn’t let legislators off the hook if they were blocking a compromise on the state budget.

The budget agreement reached by Governor Murphy and the Legislature took far too long to come together and went to the very brink of a government shutdown. But this fight was important because the ultimate result increases funding for education, transportation, public services, and public-sector pensions.  Most importantly, this budget is actually backed by sustainable revenues that ensure these funding commitments continue into the future.   
 
Below is a budget summary containing funding commitments that:

o Make an investment of $242 million in NJ Transit.
o Invest in college affordability
o Increase the state property tax deduction from $10,000 to $15,000.
o Make an $83 million investment in pre-K and increase K-12 funding.
o Preserve core services, programs, and communities.
o Enact a new child-and-dependent care tax credit and an expansion of the EITC.
o Make a historic contribution to our pension system.
o Restores the Homestead Rebate program
o Modernizes the school funding formula

The budget takes an important first step in a millionaire’s tax.  CWA has been fighting for a millionaire’s tax for years, and this budget finally forces the wealthiest New Jerseyans (with incomes of $5 million and above) to pay their fair share. The Corporate Business Tax (CBT) also increases for four years. Corporations that are expecting huge windfalls from the Trump tax plan will be paying higher taxes to the State of New Jersey.  These revenue generators will ensure that New Jersey will end the fiscal year with a surplus of approximately $750 million.

So, again, thank you, thank you, thank you to the members of CWA Local 1036. Many Stewards and Retirees stepped up repeatedly within the last two weeks to mobilize and bring members into the fight.

In unity there is strength! 

CWA Hurricane Harvey Solidarity Fund 

The CWA Hurricane Harvey Solidarity Fund was established to help directly support CWA members get the help they need. A committee of CWA local leaders from Texas oversees the fund and all donations go directly to assist CWA families in need. 

You can donate online or send a check payable to CWA Hurricane Harvey Solidarity Fund: 

CWA Harvey Hurricane Solidarity Fund

c/o Judy Graves

The Parkway, Building One

4801 Southwest Parkway, Suite 115

Austin, Texas 78735

 

Texas AFL-CIO Workers Relief Fund

http://www.texasaflcio.org/donate

The Texas Workers Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable fund, overseen by the Texas AFL-CIO, has been established to assist workers and their families in their time of need. Funds are provided to help stabilize situations when issues occur such as natural disasters. While we cannot make anyone whole, the Texas Workers Relief Fund sends a message of solidarity and the knowledge that working people affected by this disaster are supported by Brothers and Sisters across the nation.

 

Houston Local Relief Efforts

Everyone knows the Red Cross and United Way are national organizations devoted to helping with disaster recovery. But many local Houston organizations are doing incredible work on the ground, in their communities they served every day. Please consider helping a local organization. 

(Below is a partial list re-posted from houstoniamag.com - covering local Houston-area issues.)

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund - established by Mayor Sylvester Turner partnered with the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity to accept tax-deductible flood relief donations that will go back directly into the Houston community. 

Baker-Ripley - local non-profit helping Houstonians with long-term disaster relief for over 100 years, currently running the shelter at NRG Center. 

Houston Food Bank - providing food, water and supplies to children, families and seniors in southeast Texas. 

LGBTQ Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund - helping the LGBTQ community and youth displaced by the storm, including shelter, counseling, and direct assistance. 

Houston PetSet - umbrella organization that grants funds to other Houston-area animal non-profits like Houston Humane Society. 

Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services - the oldest environmental justice organization in Texas, supported by the Climate Justice Alliance, doing front-line grassroots work on pollution across the Gulf Coast. 

Texas Diaper Bank - not Houston-based but donates diapers to shelters, a resource not typically provided by disaster relief organizations. You can donate money or you can purchase diapers from an Amazon.com wishlist and send them directly. 

Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston - asking for help with its Meals on Wheels program feeding seniors, refugees, and meals on wheels for pets. 

 

National Disaster Relief Organizations

Red Cross: Donate Online

United Way: Donate Online

 

The State budget shutdown ended in the early morning hours of July 4th, allowing the state to resume normal operations on Wednesday, July 5. 

Assembly Speaker Prieto, Senate President Sweeney, and Governor Christie reached an agreement on compromise Horizon legislation and the Governor agreed not to veto any of the Democrats' budget priorities.

All state and judiciary employees are expected to report to work for normal business on Wednesday, July 5. 

Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators during the shutdown. More information will be coming in upcoming worksite meetings. 

 

Due to the ongoing budget deadlock at the statehouse, New Jersey may be facing a state shutdown if a balanced budget isn’t passed by midnight on Friday, June 30.  Negotiations are ongoing, and CWA continues to urge our lawmakers not to disrupt vital public services. 

 

While a State Government shutdown is by no means certain, we are preparing for the possibility to make sure that all of our rights are protected in the event that it does happen. We will continue to advocate on behalf of our members, and will make sure to keep you informed as this situation develops.  In the meantime, here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions we have heard so far.

 

>> SIGN UP TO RECEIVE UNION INFO BULLETINS DURING A SHUTDOWN

 

What does a “shutdown” mean? 

 

 

Click here to Sign Up for one of these locations:

 

Atlantic County: Office of Vince Mazzeo, 507 Tilton Rd, Northfield
Bergen County: Office of Gordon Johnson, 545 Cedar Lane, Teaneck
Burlington County: Office of Herb Conaway, 8008 Rt 130 N, Building C, Delran; Office of Troy Singleton, 400 N Church St, Moorestown
Camden: Office of Lou Greenwald and Pam Lampitt, 1101 Laurel Oak Rd, Voorhees
Cumberland/Cape May: Office of Bob Andrzejczak and Bruce Land, 219 High St, Millville
Essex: Office of Eliana Pintor Marin, 263 Lafayette St, Newark
Gloucester: Office of Steve Sweeney, 935 Kings Highway, West Deptford
Middlesex: Office of Craig Coughlin, 569 Rahway Ave, Woodbridge
Monmouth: Office of Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling, 35 West Main St, Freehold
Union: Office of Jerry Green, 200 W 2nd St, Plainfield

>> SIGN UP TO RECEIVE UNION INFO BULLETINS DURING A SHUTDOWN

 

Attention CWA Members:
 
We are reporting from the Assembly Chambers at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017. 
 
The State of New Jersey is shut down because the Legislature and Governor failed to reach a budget agreement. Essential employees will be told to report to work and everyone else will be locked out of work until this budget is passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor. 
 
Representatives of CWA have been here at the State House at every Budget and General Session seeking to protect our members, our pensions, and State Services. 
 
We have been lobbying all day, every day, this week, along with many of our allies in labor, faith, and community groups. Unfortunately, Governor Christie is more interested in exacting final revenge on New Jersey than he is in negotiating a budget.
 

Please check your email and cell phone for updates coming shortly. 

 

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About CWA 1036

Communications Workers of America Local 1036 represents over 7,000 members and working families in both the public and private sector. Our members excel in a variety of careers working for the State of NJ, the NJ Judiciary, county and municipal government, and the health care industry: blue collar, professionals, administrative, attorneys, scientists, 911 dispatchers, librarians, engineers, nursing home workers, environmental professionals, doctors, and more.

NJ State Contracts

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