PNCR All-Members Conference Call TONIGHT!
Monday, June 18 at 7pm
PNCR Memorandum of Agreement Materials
PNCR Memorandum of Agreement Materials
Note: Voting is only for PNCR Unit members at this time. JCAU negotiations are still underway and JCAU voting will be a separate procedure. Information for JCAU will be sent separately.
The Tentative Agreement for a new PNCR Contract covers July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020. Local 1036 Members will vote in person at your work site or by absentee ballot online. The Local-wide voting period starts at 9:00AM on Wednesday, June 20. Voting closes at 5:00pm on Thursday, June 28. Results will be announced on Friday, June 29.
EXPLANATION OF TENTATIVE AGREEMENT BY TELE-CONFERENCE
June 18th at 7pm Dial-In Number: 888-409-5380
We encourage you to read the Summary of the Tentative Agreement before voting.
The Tentative Agreement restores and protects annual progression increases retroactive to 7/1/2016, provides for across-the-board percentage raises in both 2018 and 2019, bonuses for members who have been at maximum 2 for three years, and other benefits. It also provides retroactive compensation for eligible employees and retirees. We ask all members to exercise their right to vote on this contract.
The Tentative Agreement must be ratified by members. Non-members are receiving a different message encouraging them to join the Union, but they will not receive the Summary of the Tentative Agreement and they CANNOT vote unless they complete and membership card and join the Union before June 28.
There are 3 Ways to Vote:
1. Work Site Voting – AOC and certain Vicinages (see schedule below).
2. Online Voting – Certain Vicinages will be sent online ballots to your work email addresses (see below). Online ballots will be sent out starting June 15. Check your work email.
3. Absentee Ballot – if you cannot vote in your work site, you can request an absentee email ballot by calling Local 1036 at (609) 530-0060. You must CALL to request an absentee email ballot. Absentee ballots will be sent out starting June 15, and within 24 hours during the voting period.
All voting – both in person and online - is confidential.
1. WORK SITE VOTING
If you are unable to vote at your site and still want to vote in person, you can vote at any location below that is convenient for you. Or you can request an email ballot to be sent to you.
June 20 11AM – 2PM Ocean Vicinage, Toms River
June 21 11AM – 2PM Atlantic City Court House, Atlantic City
June 22 11AM – 2PM Cumberland County Court House, Bridgeton
June 25 9AM – 5PM Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton
June 26 11AM – 2PM Middlesex Court House, New Brunswick
June 28 9AM – 5PM Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton
June 28 11AM – 2PM Burlington County Court House, Mount Holly
June 28 11AM – 2PM Bergen County Court House, Hackensack
2. ONLINE VOTING
Members in Vicinages other than the above, and statewide AOC programs, will receive a separate email message to your work email address with voting information and a unique ID number so you can vote through a secure website.
If you have any questions, please talk to your Steward or contact the Local at (609) 530-0060.
Members with online ballots can vote online any time 24/7 between 9:00am Wednesday June 20 through 5:00pm Thursday June 28.
3. ABSENTEE VOTING
At any time, if you cannot vote in person at your work location or you need an absentee ballot for work or personal reasons, YOU MUST CALL THE LOCAL TO OBTAIN ABSENTEE BALLOT INFORMATION. Call (609) 530-0060.
You MUST provide an email address (work or personal) in order to vote absentee. We will confirm your membership and send you a link to vote by absentee ballot.
Absentee ballots will be available any time during the voting period.
Today, CWA 1036 filed a group grievance on behalf of all affected employees who were entitled to a progression increase (step payment) on January 1, 2017 but did not receive it.
In the grievance, the Union asserts that all employees eligible to receive progression increases should receive the increases that were due under the applicable Contract, effective January 1st of each year. Further, the Union demands that progression increases of 4% be added to base salary to all employees eligible for progression increases as of January 1, 2017. Employees at “maximum 1” who are eligible for advancement to “maximum 2” should also receive that increase.
The basis for this grievance is a letter of agreement signed by the Union and Judiciary in May of 2015, in which the parties agreed that for purposes of progression increases upon expiration of the Contract, the language to be applied is Article 7 of the 2008-2012 Contract, the contract prior to this one. The side letter recognizes that the Judiciary and CWA bargained changes to progression during the 2012-2016 contract, but if there is a dispute over whether progression must be paid after the contract expires, the controlling language is the prior agreement which was in effect from 2008-2012. In other words, under this letter of agreement signed by both parties, CWA argues that progressions of 4% per year are due effective January 1st of each year under our expired contract and while we negotiate a new one.
By failing to pay progressions, the Judiciary has violated our Contract. Additionally, as we have raised previously, the Judiciary’s actions are contrary to over forty years of legal precedent and a unanimous Appellate Court ruling, holding that annual progression increases negotiated in a contract are paid to employees when a contract has expired and a new one is being negotiated. This Appellate Division decision is in effect at this time.
CWA 1036 is committed to fighting for the rights of our members at the bargaining table, in the courts, at the statehouse, and in the streets. We are not backing down from this fight, and we will continue to fight and negotiate for a fair contract for all our members.