July 30, 2020

 

To:       CWA 1036 State Executive Branch Membership

 

Although CWA state executive branch members completed the July furlough period, many unemployment claims remain open and unresolved. We have been assisting hundreds of members with claim questions and problems, both directly through the Local and through CWA National. The reality is that there is an overwhelming number of members requesting help. The Union is responding as quickly as possible and providing direct advice where we can.

 

If you have a UI problem, you should contact DOL directly for the fastest resolution. Having sorted through over 1,000 requests to the National and more than that to Local 1036, we have a handle on the common problem areas and confidently say to everyone - if your claim is "pending," you must speak to DOL to have them adjudicate the claim. We know this is frustrating, but it is the process to follow. 

 

In almost every case, you must make direct contact with DOL to resolve claim problems. We know DOL is swamped with claims and helplines fill quickly, but calling and re-calling until you speak to a DOL agent is truly the only way to resolve your claim problem.  Even with CWA guidance, almost all members still ultimately have to contact DOL directly for a resolution. CWA cannot process or adjudicate a UI claim issue and Local staff cannot resolve it on your behalf with DOL.

 

If your claim status shows as “Pending,” then you need to contact DOL directly.

Below are common reasons for a claim to be pending for more than a few days:

  • Claimed holiday pay received for 7/3. DOL needs to confirm this was holiday pay only and not any other kind of pay.
  • Changed the address or manually entered the address for your employer.
  • Claimed secondary income from another source.
  • Entered incorrect wage information during your claim.

 

Even if your claim status is “Pending” you should try to certify benefits every week.

  • Use the link nj.gov to “Certify for Weekly Benefits.”
  • You will create a PIN the first time you certify.
  • If you receive an email from e-Adjudication, you still must respond with the requested information.

 

If you missed certifying for a week of furloughs in the past, you must contact DOL directly. Only DOL can help you certify for a prior week (back date).  

 

If you have a problem of potential UI fraud, could not create an account, or had a problem actually creating a claim, CWA National might be able to help with background information. You still may have to call DOL directly.

 

DOL CONTACT NUMBERS:

  • Northern NJ Region: 201-601-4100
  • Central NJ Region: 732-761-2020
  • Southern NJ Region: 856-507-2340
  • Out of State claims: 888-795-6672 (you must call from a phone with out of state area code)

 

 

NEW! Unemployment Frequently Asked Questions

CWA has compiled the most frequently asked questions we are hearing from members who filed for furlough unemployment. Please readthese FAQsbefore reaching out for assistance.

CWA is offering assistance to Members ONLY who have questions about filing their Unemployment Insurance Claim. Please fill outthis formbelow and a CWA Unemployment Insurance Specialist will contact you to assist you.If your questions are not answered in the FAQs and Guidance on Filing for UI documents, you can proceed with filling out this form.

 

See:Guidance on filing for Unemployment Benefits for Furloughed State Workers

  • Note: If you already filed a claim, do not refile.
  • Note: Regardless of where you live, you file your unemployment claim with the NJ Department of Labor. UI claims are filed in the state where you work, not the state where you live.

Friday, July 3 will remain a paid holiday.Furloughs scheduled before or after that day willnotaffect holiday pay. Furloughs should be scheduled with this in mind.

 

See:Suspending your Pension Loan Under the CARES Act

Voting closed Saturday, June 27 at 12pm noon. 

The overall results are posted below. Thank you to everyone who voted. 

91.16% Yes, I approve the 2020 State of Emergency Job Security Agreement.
   
8.84% No, I reject the 2020 State of Emergency Job Security Agreement.
   

The agreement has been approved by membership. 

A Message to CWA Executive Branch State Workers From Your Bargaining Committee

Dear Sisters, Brothers, Union Family,

Last night, your State Worker Bargaining Team successfully completed negotiations on a very important No Layoff Agreement with the Murphy Administration.

This Agreement will protect our members job security during the worst economic upheaval since the Great Depression. It includes a deferral of the upcoming July 2020 raise and a rescheduling of the April 2022 raise. It includes some furlough days, but most of which will be eligible for unemployment.

We will provide the details of this Agreement to our members within the coming days and you will have an opportunity to vote on this No Layoff Agreement this week.

We are proud of the agreement that we negotiated over the past several weeks. Deferring wage increases and having workers furloughed, even for a few days, is difficult. But in an environment such as this, we believe that we have accomplished something remarkable: Job protection for our members and their families. We hope that once you understand the details of this Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that you will agree and vote yes.

You will soon receive detailed information. We will have a Townhall Call to go over the Agreement, and you will be emailed voting instructions as soon as they are completed.

 

In Solidarity,

John Rose, President Local 1031
Patrick Kavanagh, President Local 1032
Gaye Palmer, President Local 1033
Adam Liebtag, President Local 1036
Ken McNamara, President Local 1037
Shawn Ludwig, President Local 1038
Carolyn Wade, President Local 1040
Hetty Rosenstein, NJ Area Director
Dennis Trainor, CWA District 1 Vice President

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