NJ Judiciary Members in the AOC and Vicinages throughout the State
Local 1036 is holding several informational meetings about the Tentative Agreement, including explanation, Q&A, and discussion of voting procedures.
The Summary of the TA describes the negotiated changes that will take effect if the TA is approved by membership. Please read this Summary carefully before voting. Bring your questions to worksite meetings this week and to the polling place on voting day in your building.
Voting will be open Wednesday, April 25 through Monday, April 30. Trenton-area offices will have set voting days and times in the worksite. Field offices and members who request absentee ballots will be given specific instructions to cast their votes online.
Full voting information and instructions will be posted on this website on Friday, April 20th, so check back for updates.
Voting information will be discussed in worksite meetings on 4/19 through 4-24 (see below).
Below is the worksite meeting schedule to discuss contract ratification and the TA.
Tuesday, April 24
401 E. State Street from 12pm to 4pm in Public Hearing Room, 1st floor
* Open to ALL DEP workers and Agriculture at Station Plaza
DOH Main Bldg
11am - 12pm
135 E. State
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||
5 Commerce Way
|4pm - 5pm|
|3pm - 4pm||
50 Cap, 6th fl
Dear CWA Members,
WE HAVE A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT FOR A CONTRACT for State Workers (Executive Branch).
We reached an agreement on a July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2019 contract with the Murphy Administration that addresses all retroactive increments, clothing allowance and two across the board increases of 2% and 2%.
We will meet with Shop Stewards and get you the details of the Agreement this week. We will be announcing voting details and dates soon through our shop stewards and worksite broadcasts. You will be able to see everything in writing before the ratification vote.
We achieved our goals. The contract improves on the pattern set by other settlements and sets a foundation for our next contract. We bargained to receive all of our increments retroactively and raises for workers at max.
There are no concessions in this tentative agreement. We protected the Contract.
We also know we waited a long time to reach this agreement and we have new issues to bargain for the next one. We will begin bargaining the next contract a year in advance, and have bargaining dates for the next round already scheduled in May 2018.
Your Bargaining Team unanimously supports this Agreement.
When we fight - we win!
Your Bargaining Team
Dennis Trainor, Vice President
Hetty Rosenstein, NJ Director
John Rose, President CWA Local 1031
Patrick Kavanagh, President CWA Local 1032
Gaye Palmer, President CWA Local 1033
Adam Liebtag, President CWA Local 1036
Ken McNamara, President CWA Local 1037
Shawn Ludwig, President, CWA Local 1038
Gladys Finnigan, Temporary Administrator, CWA Local 1039
Carolyn Wade, President, CWA Local 1040
Spring 2018 Scholarships are now available for full union members. Local 1036 members are eligible to apply for ALL the scholarships opportunities below, regardless of your county of work or home.
Since Local 1036 is a state-wide Local participating in all Central Labor Councils, members are eligible to apply to ALL of the CLC scholarships below:
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.
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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.
Local General Membership Meetings are open to all full members in good standing from any bargaining unit. We conduct Local business like financial and committee reports, with full updates and discussion of hot-button issues like contract negotiations, legislative and political campaigns.
These meetings are in addition to the monthly unit meetings for large groups like Burlington and Hunterdon counties, or State worksite meetings.
See our Events page for a listing of other Local unit meetings and events.
All General Membership Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m.
100 Barrack Street, Trenton NJ
5 Pioneer Blvd, Westampton NJ
100 Barrack Street, Trenton NJ
100 Barrack Street, Trenton NJ