NJ Judiciary Members in the AOC and Vicinages throughout the State
We are starting negotiations for the next Burlington County contracts to take effect this year.
Burlington County members are invited to attend a special meeting to talk about our priorities.
Please make every effort to attend.
The NJ Senate has posted Senate Concurrent Resolution S-184, proposing a constitutional amendment to obligate the State to make the required annual contribution into public sector pension plans. The bill would bind the legislature to phase in the full payment of the annual contribution by 2021 and require the state to make the payments on a quarterly basis.
Quarterly payments would save the state millions every year on the annual required contribution, and would boost the health of the pension fund because investment earnings would be accrued on the payments throughout the fiscal year, instead of one lump payment at the very end of the year.
If passed this time, and then again in 2016, the pension funding and quarterly payments would be put on the ballot on Election Day, November 2016. If passed by the voters, it would amend the NJ Constitution and remedy the decision of the NJ Supreme Court.
The resolution has been posted for vote in the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday, December 10th at 1pm. The committee hearing will be held in the State House Annex, 1st Floor, Committee Room 4. The Local will join forces with the rest of CWA, the NJ AFL-CIO and other public sector unions to voice strong support and urge passage of this resolution out of committee. We also thank Senate President Stephen Sweeney for his leadership to post this bill.
Stay tuned. We will be in touch later this week with an update on next steps, including passage in the Assembly.
For the fifth year in a row, Governor Christie underfunded the state’s pension payment for the upcoming fiscal year, which will place our pension system for all public workers at risk, accumulate even more unfunded liability, and place the state’s credit at risk of a 10th downgrade.
All this despite receiving a balanced, fully funded budget from the Senate and Assembly that made the full pension payment due under the chapter 78 schedule. It is also the 2nd year in a row that the Governor vetoed a full pension payment paid by a balanced budget.
In order to make the full pension payment, the Legislature essentially accepted the majority of Governor Christie’s budget, but increased revenue through a temporary increase in corporate taxes and millionaire households. The additional revenue paid for the pension payment plus restored a cut to women’s health programs and restored a tax break for 280,000 low-income working families.
Governor Christie vetoed the Democrats’ budget.
The Senate and Assembly also passed other important bills as part of its budget sessions:
Your regular contact with elected officials can make the difference. Legislators are the decision-makers on important issues for us: pensions, health care, collective bargaining rights, funding of public services, and more. They need to hear from us before they vote.
Over a dozen CWA 1036 members and leaders joined a large group of community allies today at the State House to stand up for a strong, fair Civil Service system. The Assembly State Government Committee, chaired by Asw. Linda Stender, called the special hearing to discuss the proposed radical rule changes by the Civil Service Commission. As part of our ongoing campaign, Local President Adam Liebtag testified on the flawed "reform" process so far and the potential damage to public services and public employees.
President Liebtag joined other union leaders, as well as community activists from Veterans groups, civil rights organizations, and good-government coalitions. Speakers were unanimous in their disapproval of the proposed changes--especially due to the potential for patronage, discrimination, and favoritism.
For Local 1036's full testimony, click the link below:
On April 10th, the Civil Service Commission will hold a public hearing on a rule proposal to eliminate civil service as we know it. The rule proposal bypasses the legislature and contract negotiations to "broad band" civil service titles, rewrite promotional rules, and eliminate or limit important protections like veteran preference, testing and ranking on lists, and layoff rights.
Take action to ensure this rule isn't rubber-stamped after a single hearing! Make sure thousands of public employees and hundreds of thousands of residents can weigh in to shape or stop this rule.
The “broad bands” of job titles would allow management at all levels of government (State, County, and Municipal) in the Civil Service System to group numerous job titles in large “bands.” Employers could hire, demote, or advance employees to jobs within the “band” based solely on management's assessment of your competency - without objective testing or lists.
Even worse is the manner in which the Commission is trying to do this. They are only allowing one hearing on these changes—at 3pm on a work day when most workers and residents can not attend the hearing. Despite the fact that thousands of public employees would be harmed by the rule, the hearing room only holds 20 people.
The Christie Administration wants to silence public input and push this change through with a rubber stamp after one meeting. We need to mobilize to stop it.
We will be organizing public comment opposing the rule but the first step is to get the Commission to hold a real public hearing process.
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The Civil Rights and Equity Committee (CREC) works to enhance diversity within the Local, the Union, and in the workplace, to foster education and mutual acceptance of the varying backgrounds, skills, and concerns of CWA membership, and to ensure compliance with the CWA National equity policy.
Read the CREC Committee Brochure
The Community Services Committee identifies charitable and community services causes, projects, and opportunities for the Local and its members to make a positive difference. This Committee will direct the charitable work of the Local and build connections with the communities where our members live and work.
The Education Committee promotes the educational programs and opportunities within Local 1036. Examples of the Committee's focus include developing and promoting training for shop stewards, promoting both internal and external scholarship opportunities for members and their children, and doing educational outreach to the public about our members, our union, and the public services our members provide.
The Legislative-Political Action Committee is a member-driven committee that reviews and recommends endorsement of candidates for elected office, helps directs Local 1036's political campaign support, and works in every aspect of the Local's political and legislative program.
The Membership Committee works with Local staff to develop and enhance our internal organizing, creating new full members in every workplace and enabling our existing members to be more active in the Local and in the workplace.With representatives from a cross-section of state, judiciary, and county members, we have a blended committee that reflects the diversity of our membership and brings a variety of experiences to the table.The Membership Committee works with Local staff to develop and enhance our internal organizing, creating new full members in every workplace and enabling our existing members to be more active in the Local and in the workplace. With representatives from a cross-section of state, judiciary, and county members, we have a blended committee that reflects the diversity of our membership and brings a variety of experiences to the table.Remember - YOU are the Union, and the Membership Committee is committed to empowering and building the Union's size, strength and activism across the state.
The Women's Committee advances women's issues within the local and the labor movement in general.
The Veterans Committee will advocate for issues affecting union member veterans, and the issues where union interests and veterans' interests intersect.