NJ State Dept of Environmental Protection, Dept of Health, and Dept of Agriculture
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.
Members can use these salary charts to look up your salary, map out retroactive pay, and chart your salary after increases in 2017 and 2018.
Members can look up the cost of their health insurance plan and calculate their chapter 78 employee contributions based on salary.
This is a huge victory for CWA members who worked three long years to secure a better contract, enforce our prior contract language, and reach a fair agreement with the State.
Contract implementation and payroll issues will be discussed in the coming weeks at work site meetings and membership updates.
We thank every member who voted. We thank every Steward who helped inform members, worked at the polling locations, and brought new members into the Union. And we thank every member in advance for staying strong and staying motivated as we prepare for bargaining the next contract.