NJ State Executive Branch Members

NJ State Dept of Environmental Protection, Dept of Health, and Dept of Agriculture

Summary of the Tentative Agreement Between State of New Jersey and CWA

(View/Download the Summary) [PDF]

 

CWA Local 1036 is conducting its State Executive Branch Ratification through work site voting in Trenton-area work sites, and online voting for field work sites and absentee voting.

The voting period will be Wednesday, April 25 through Monday, April 30. Results will be announced on May 1.

See below for official voting instructions and polling locations. Please read carefully! 

Local 1036 Voting Period

Voting Begins: 9:00AM Wednesday, April 25

Voting Closes: 4:00PM Monday, April 30

Results will be announced on May 1. 

 

WORK SITE VOTING

Wednesday, April 25

9:00am - 4:00pm

DEP 401 E. State Street

Agriculture, Station Plaza

DEP Public Hearing Rm, 1st floor

Friday, April 27

9:00am - 4:00pm

DEP 401 E. State Street

Agriculture, Station Plaza

DEP Public Hearing Rm, 1st floor

   

Wednesday, April 25

11:00am - 3:00pm

DOH Main Building

Auditorium

Wednesday, April 25

12:00pm - 5:00pm

PHEAL Labs

Cafeteria

Wednesday, April 25

11:00am - 1:00pm

NJN Building

Green Room

Thursday, April 26

10:00am - 3:00pm

135 E. State Street and

225 E. State Street

Basement meeting room at 135 E. State

Thursday, April 26

10:00am - 3:00pm

50 E. State Street

Food Court

Friday, April 27

10:00am - 2:00pm

120 S. Stockton Street

Basement conference room

Friday, April 27

4:00pm - 5:00pm

5 Commerce Way

Rm 199 A/B

Local 1036 Members in downtown Trenton area can go to any of the locations above to cast their vote in person. 

 

FIELD OFFICES

Members in work locations in the field outside the Trenton area will be emailed information about voting online. You will receive an email to your work email account from CWA 1036 with voting information and a unique ID number so you can vote through a secure website. If you have any question, please talk to your Steward or contact the Local at (609) 530-0060. 

For example, members in DEP Parks, Forestry, Forest Fire, Fish and Wildlife, Southern Field Office, Arctic Parkway, Scotch Road and other offices outside Trenton will receive email information about voting. 

Field offices can vote online any time 24/7 between 9:00am Wednesday April 25 through 4:00pm Monday April 30.  

 

ABSENTEE VOTING

If you can not 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 Wednesday, April 25 at 9:00am through Monday, April 30 at 3:00pm. 

 

ANY QUESTIONS? Call the Local at (609) 530-0060 OR EMAIL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

AND REMEMBER - INFORMATIONAL WORK SITE MEETINGS ARE BEING HELD NOW!

Worksite Meeting Schedule

Below is the worksite meeting schedule to discuss contract ratification and the TA. 

 

DEP

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

Thursday 4/19

DOH Main Bldg

11am - 12pm

 

 

Friday 4/20

135 E. State

12:30pm-1:30pm

 

Thursday 4/19

NJN Bldg

12:30pm - 1:30pm  

Friday 4/20

5 Commerce Way

4pm - 5pm

Thursday 4/19

PHEAL Labs

3pm - 4pm  

Monday 4/24

50 Cap, 6th fl

12:30pm-1:30pm
         

Local 1036 is holding several informational meetings about the Tentative Agreement, including explanation, Q&A, and discussion of voting procedures. 

 

Summary of the Tentative Agreement (PDF)

Download/View a Summary of the Tentative Agreement

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 Information

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). 

 

Worksite Meeting Schedule

Below is the worksite meeting schedule to discuss contract ratification and the TA. 

 

DEP

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

Thursday 4/19

DOH Main Bldg

11am - 12pm

 

 

Friday 4/20

135 E. State

12:30pm-1:30pm

 

Thursday 4/19

NJN Bldg

12:30pm - 1:30pm  

Friday 4/20

5 Commerce Way

4pm - 5pm

Thursday 4/19

PHEAL Labs

3pm - 4pm  

Monday 4/24

50 Cap, 6th fl

12:30pm-1:30pm
         

 

 

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!

 

In Solidarity,

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

For a PDF version of this announcement, click here. 

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. 

MASTER LIST of ALL Scholarships available

Applications:

Central Labor Council Scholarships

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 CWA State Executive Branch Bargaining Committee and the Murphy Administration are in formal negotiations to resolve all legal, contractual and retroactive matters. As members know, our contract expired in July 2015. Our bargaining will cover all issues retroactive to that date.

 

We have open clothing allowance disputes, litigation around step increases and other issues, and important contract language at stake. Both sides are working aggressively to resolve all outstanding issues quickly.

 

Bargaining will continue next week and we expect progress to continue until we reach completion.

 

The patience and solidarity of our CWA membership has bested every unprecedented attack on us during the last eight years. Please support the bargaining committee in this final push. Wear RED on Thursday (especially the next two weeks) and come to your Local worksite and membership meetings.

 

Brothers and Sisters,

Before the election in November, the State had provided a list of bargaining proposals to CWA which would have rolled back several sections of the contract, including PARs, removed workplace dignity from the contract, and other issues. We discussed many of these bogus proposals in previous bargaining updates.

 As you know, Governor Murphy took office January 16. Both CWA and the State have acted quickly since that time to get negotiations back on track and to clear roadblocks the Christie administration left in our path. CWA’s top priorities for our state executive branch membership are to settle our long-expired contract and resolve the dispute over stalled increments as quickly as possible.

 

Here is what we have done so far:

1. Christie’s challenge at PERC to block our increment grievance was removed from PERC’s agenda.

After the NJ Supreme Court ruled that increment grievances were arbitrable, Christie filed a petition with his hand-picked PERC Commission asking to block our grievance and arbitration. Governor Murphy and CWA jointly requested that Christie’s challenge be removed from PERC's January 25 meeting agenda. That request was granted.

 

2. CWA Is Acting Quickly to Open Contract Negotiations with the New Administration

We are setting up formal bargaining dates and the Governor is replacing Christie’s bargaining team with new representatives. We will bargain strongly but quickly because the issues are well-known after three years working without a contract.

 

3. Critical Appointments are Moving Forward.

Replacements are progressing for the Public Employment Relations Commission, the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations, and the Civil Service Commission. PERC oversees arbitration and contract disputes. OER oversees state-wide labor relations issues and the CWA-State contract. The CSC oversees testing, seniority rules, classification and desk audits, hours of work, disciplinary appeals, and other important work rules that affect us every day.

 

4. In addition, the Murphy Administration has notified the Civil Service Commission to cease its effort to change rules on overtime.

The Christie CSC had proposed changes to OT rules that would exclude any benefit leave time from OT calculation and would make it harder for employees to qualify for FMLA.

By illegally stopping the payment of our increments, Governor Christie created a legal and financial mess for our members and for the new Governor. That mess has to be untangled. CWA members are rightfully anxious to receive what we earned and are due under prior contracts, but we are encouraged by the initial steps taken by the new Governor to quickly resolve our outstanding contract negotiations.

CWA NJ State Executive Branch Bargaining Committee

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

Executive Branch Units
(7/1/2011 - 6/30/2015)


Judiciary Members
(7/1/2012-6/30/2016)

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