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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. 

February 17, 2016

Meeting starts at 5pm

Burlington County Library

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.  

Read more coverage here.

CWA Local 1036 Statement on FY16 State Budget

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:

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Next to voting on Election Day, the most important and powerful political action that union members can take is to directly contact your legislators. We need to be present, visible, and stay on their radar to influence decisions on our pensions, our health care, our contracts, and budgets. 

Every Union Member should contact their elected representatives! Every Local 1036 member in state, county and local government can contact their legislators for support during bargaining and during difficult budget situations. 

Right now, there is legislation pending that would alter pension and health benefits for ALL public workers at ALL levels of government. Take action NOW to call your Senate and Assembly representatives to express our opposition to these bills.  

It is critical that Union members express our political positions directly to our legislators.  

Take further action! 

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.

No one should have to choose between caring for themselves or a loved one and getting a paycheck. But for thousands of NJ workers, getting sick - even for a day - will mean lost wages and possibly losing your job. 
 
Part of our mission as a labor union is to help create livable wages and benefits for all working people. That's why CWA Local 1036 and others are supporting NJ legislation to create earned sick leave for all NJ workers. Everyone benefits when workers are able to balance job obligations and family needs. 
 
Please join us on Thursday, August 8 in Room 103 at the State House in Trenton at 11:45 am. CWA 1036 leaders and members will join coalition allies to show support for Earned Sick Days legislation.
 

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.

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