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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.
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.
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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.