Below are the results of the Local Executive Board election concluded in December for contested positions:

Vice President, At-Large

Theresa Gonzales

June Gazek-Harris


Vice President, NJ State Professional Unit

David Harris 

Fariva Azad-Chauhan


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




THANK YOU to the members of CWA Local 1036.  Your efforts in our budget mobilization were critical in applying the pressure needed to get this deal done before another government shutdown occurred again this year.

We generated thousands of calls to legislators and lined the hallways at the state house. We didn’t let legislators off the hook if they were blocking a compromise on the state budget.

The budget agreement reached by Governor Murphy and the Legislature took far too long to come together and went to the very brink of a government shutdown. But this fight was important because the ultimate result increases funding for education, transportation, public services, and public-sector pensions.  Most importantly, this budget is actually backed by sustainable revenues that ensure these funding commitments continue into the future.   
Below is a budget summary containing funding commitments that:

o Make an investment of $242 million in NJ Transit.
o Invest in college affordability
o Increase the state property tax deduction from $10,000 to $15,000.
o Make an $83 million investment in pre-K and increase K-12 funding.
o Preserve core services, programs, and communities.
o Enact a new child-and-dependent care tax credit and an expansion of the EITC.
o Make a historic contribution to our pension system.
o Restores the Homestead Rebate program
o Modernizes the school funding formula

The budget takes an important first step in a millionaire’s tax.  CWA has been fighting for a millionaire’s tax for years, and this budget finally forces the wealthiest New Jerseyans (with incomes of $5 million and above) to pay their fair share. The Corporate Business Tax (CBT) also increases for four years. Corporations that are expecting huge windfalls from the Trump tax plan will be paying higher taxes to the State of New Jersey.  These revenue generators will ensure that New Jersey will end the fiscal year with a surplus of approximately $750 million.

So, again, thank you, thank you, thank you to the members of CWA Local 1036. Many Stewards and Retirees stepped up repeatedly within the last two weeks to mobilize and bring members into the fight.

In unity there is strength! 


Dear CWA 1036 Members,


As expected, the United States Supreme Court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, against workers and their rights to collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. The case, Janus v. AFSCME, makes the entire public sector “right-to-work”, which is an ironic moniker for having no rights at work.


By allowing non-members to pay nothing for the services and benefits that having a Union provide; such as grievance representation, collectively bargained raises and benefits, and due process rights for discipline, the purpose of this decision is to undermine the Union, cause division among members and non-members, and make it more difficult to fight for our members.


There are open questions from the decision, such as the extent to which a non-member is still covered under our contract and whether they receive any representation from the Union if they pay no representation fee or dues.


The Janus ruling is a blow, to say the least, but it cannot and will not defeat us. Here in New Jersey, we stood together through eight years of one of the most anti-worker administrations in this state’s history. By standing together and standing firm, we fought off the worst proposals and emerged with a new administration and a new Contract. Make no mistake, we only made it through to this point by standing together as a Union.  When we stand together and commit to fighting for one another we will not only survive whatever they throw at us but grow stronger as a result.


Please also understand that having a Union is what gives us the ability to fight for raises, benefits, and due process protections. Without a strong Union with vigiliant membership, ALL of those things are at risk, including the Contract that we ratified today.


Right now, solidarity and unity are more important than ever. We have no time to mourn, grumble, or pout. 


Janus does one thing for certain – there are no more sidelines.  There are members of the Union, fighting to protect one another and what we have gained by building power for workplace justice, and then there are people outside the Union, who are not a part of it. Our members are our strength and will continue to be. 


In the last month alone, CWA 1036 has been working hard for members: 


  • Settled the PNCR Contract, with an overwhelming majority in support;
  • Successfully defended our right to progression payments;
  • Fought to preserve and defend our pension system;
  • Protected members and non-members from the malfeasance of certain managers;
  • Signed up almost 100 new members;
  • Held dozens of worksite meetings across the state, keeping members informed about everything from workplace to international issues important to workers and their families;
  • Are CURRENTLY fighting to stop a state shutdown and make sure that any budget that passes does not endanger our healthcare or pensions


This is the work that our MEMBERS do. These are the victories that our MEMBERS win.   None of it is guaranteed unless we keep fighting for it.


We are still CWA STRONG!




PS - For more information on this decision, please visit:





If State government shuts down on July 1st, it is critical that union members stay informed and active. 

CWA will be sending information throughout the shutdown about what's happening with budget negotiations and what we can do to end the shutdown. There will be action alerts and instructions on what we can do to protect our pay and benefits. Please sign up so we can stay in touch in real time.

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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)

NJ Judiciary Members

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