NJ State Dept of Environmental Protection, Dept of Health, and Dept of Agriculture
Below are the results of the Local Executive Board election concluded in December for contested positions:
Vice President, At-Large
Vice President, NJ State Professional Unit
Nominations also closed for Officers of the 1036-R Retirees Chapter. All nominees have been elected by acclamation.
President - Christine Benson
Vice President - Joy Bastian
Treasurer - Lawrence Kane
Secretary - Toshi Abe
The nominations period for Local 1036 Executive Board officer positions closed at 5pm on November 16, 2018. Nominating petitions that were submitted by this deadline were verified on November 19th and results are reported below:
Any office with an uncontested position is deemed elected. The positions elected after close of the nomincations process are below:
|Executive Vice President||Lauren Young Boukema|
|Vice President, DEP||Chris Squazzo|
|Vice President, DOH and Agriculture||Ayemaung Maung|
|Vice President, Judiciary JCAU||Cece Weber|
|Vice President, Judiciary PNCR||Stephen Gaissert|
|Vice President, Local Government||George Glashoff|
|Vice President, Local Government||Billie Scelza|
|Vice President, NJ State Higher Supervisors Unit ("S")||Michael Justiniano|
|Vice President, NJ State Primary Level Supervisors Unit ("R")||Michelle Smith|
An election is required for the following positions. An election will be held in December.
|Vice President, NJ State Professional Unit ("P")||
2 candidates certified, one position
|Vice President, At-Large||
June Gazek Harris
2 candidates certified,
Members should recieve retro payments by 10/26/2018.
Above is a worksheet for State Executive Branch members to use to estimate retro pay. This is a useful tool to estimate retro, but the actual calculations and payments are being made by your Department's Payroll office. The worksheet is an estimator - it comes close to the gross total retro that a member should receive. The estimate will be a few dollars off based on a member's anniversary date.
For members who had title changes (promotion, demotion) since July 1, 2015 to present, this will affect the final salary calculations. Unpaid leaves of absence will also affect retro.
Here are the steps to follow for retro inquiries:
1). State worker members all received an email from their Department's Payroll office with instructions if they have a dispute or question. Some Payroll offices circulated an "Inquiry Form" that the member can fill out and email to a specific address that is collecting retro problems. Members should complete that form or email Payroll - they should follow the instructions sent to them by their Payroll Departments.
Members should contact Payroll first - this is the lowest level of dispute resolution. If things are not sorted out with Departmental Payroll, then level two is to escalate the dispute to the Union.
Depending on the number of questions and disputes, Payroll may be scheduling meetings with members or call-backs within two weeks. Responses may not be immediate.
CWA will ensure every member receives every dollar owed. The State did not provide backup explanations for the multiple checks which has led to a lot of confusion. It may take a little time to work through problems, but the Union will enforce our contract and ensure every member is paid what is owed under the contract.
2). Please try to use the Estimate Worksheet.
Members should always be educated on their salary, their anniversary dates, and how the contract works. This retro situation is an opportunity for all members to take a closer look at the contract, how they are paid, and to be more aware of the process.
3). CWA staff will help with and respond to urgent situations as quickly as possible.
Thanks to everyone as we work through this. Let’s remember Chris Christie blocked step payments and refused to negotiate in good faith for three years. This created a backlog of raises that this contract successfully reinstated, but it’s a huge mess to cleanup. One more remnant of a bad 8 years.
CWA supports a budget that increases sustainable revenue, including a millionaire's tax. The Democratic majority in the Legislature has previously voted multiple times to pass a millionaire's tax. The Legislature's current budget proposal is out of balance by over $800 million. This means we would certainly have a shortfall during the year that could force cuts to public services, to our pension payment or health benefits, and to other programs.
Do you support an increase in state revenues from a corporate business tax and millionaire's tax?
Do you support increasing resources for public education, improving public transportation, and funding critical public services?
Do you support the state making a full pension payment and living up to its contracts?
Here are 3 things you can do to make a difference:
As to talk to your legislator or leave a message. Thousands of phone calls have been made and more are coming in every hour. Let's keep up the pressure until a better budget is passed.
It is one of the last days where the Senate and Assembly could vote to pass a new budget. NJ needs this showdown to be resolved on Thursday so we can avoid a shutdown of state government that could last a long time.
...And Call Your Legislators Again! (609) 400-4763.
Please call your Legislators every day until the budget is passed.
The Education Committee met on Thursday, May 17th and 1036R met on Wednesday, May 16th to select the recipients of the Local 1036 Continuing Education, High School Graduate and 1036R Retiree Chapter Memorial Scholarships. The 2018 High School Graduate Scholarship recipient is Cole Lee, son of Judiciary member, Kathleen Kitson. The 2018 Continuing Education and 1036R Retiree Chapter Memorial Scholarships recipient is Lukas Arnold, son of DEP member, AnnMarie Arnold. Recipients and their families will be encouraged to attend our June 6th membership meeting at the Masonic Temple in Trenton for a formal presentation.
The Committee is also happy to announce that our 2018 C. Jon Wineland & Virginia Wolf Union Building Awards and Peter D. Burkhalter Continuing Education Scholarship for Members applications are now available to members. The submission deadline is Friday, August 24, 2018.