CWA Local 1036

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Local Co-Sponsors Annual Stand Against Racism Event

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Stand Against Racism Event 
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Trenton Friends Meeting House
142 E. Hanover Street, Trenton NJ

CWA Local 1036 and the Trenton Friends Meeting (Quakers) are co-sponsoring a “participating site” that is open to the public on the YWCA’s national Stand Against Racism day.  Please join us on Monday, April 28th, 2014 from 12 PM to 1 PM to hear our keynote speaker, Matthew Pillischer an attorney, activist and filmmaker talk about his work and resulting documentary:   “Broken on All Sides-- Race, Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.” 

Stand Against Racism is a movement that was created by the Trenton and Princeton YWCA’s in 2007 in order to raise awareness that racism still exists and that it should not be ignored or tolerated. The long term goal of this event is to remove the barriers that prevent understanding and divide us.  Stand Against Racism events were held in 39 states last year.  Let’s celebrate our diversity, eliminate racism together, and take the Stand Against Racism Pledge.

The keynote speaker, Matthew Pillischer is an attorney, activist and filmmaker.  He graduated from Bennington College with a degree in filmmaking in 2000.  In 2010, he graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law and is a licensed attorney in NJ and PA.  In the 10 years between college and law school, he became an activist and worked with various organizations against racism and poverty.  While in law school, he interned at a civil rights firm who was suing the Philadelphia Prison system for overcrowding conditions. He also worked with the PA Institutional Law project who advocated for prisoner’s rights.  He became passionate about the issues and with some fellow activists began working on a 15 minute video regarding local prison overcrowding which became the documentary that takes on the entire criminal justice system. This documentary is currently being screened all over the country.

Stand Against Racism Event 
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Trenton Friends Meeting House
142 E. Hanover Street, Trenton NJ

 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 18:00
 

Apply for 2014 College Scholarships

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Apply for a Union Scholarship
Spring scholarships are now open for Local 1036 members' families to help defray the cost of college. See individual scholarship applications for deadlines and requirements. Please be sure to submit your application by the deadline. 
 
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 20:58
 

Hunterdon County Members Awaiting Fact Finding Report

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Rank and File Members in Hunterdon County are still waiting for a report from the fact finder to recommend settlement of our expired contract. The Union submitted its certifications, witness statements, and evidence prior to the end of 2013 and we are hoping to receive a decision soon. We have contacted the fact finder to get an updated estimate on when the report will be issued and we will share as much information as possible, as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, we are scheduling a membership meeting for February 24th. Confirmation will be distributed to membership through stewards in the coming days.  

We have been fighting for a fair contract for a long time and we are eager to get the report.  It's a credit to our membership that they have stayed unified to get the best contract possible and are fighting for as long as it takes. Thank you. 

 

2014 Local-wide General Membership Meetings

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The Local will hold four Local-wide General Membership meetings in 2014. Click the "Meetings and Events" link to the left for directions and a full schedule. 

February 19, 2014 at the Burlington County Library in Westampton

March 12, 2014 at the Historic Masonic Temple in Trenton

June 11,  2014 at the Burlington County Library in Westampton

September 2014 (date tbd) in Trenton area

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 January 2014 20:29
 

Bargaining Update for NJ State Judiciary Members

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As you know, our current contract expired July 1, 2012 and we have been in negotiations for successor contracts for the PNCR and JCAU units since early 2012.

We negotiated throughout 2013 and at the end of the year, we reached a tentative agreement on terms for our new contract. We have begun the process of memorializing all our agreements in writing for presentation to the membership for ratification. No contract is final and takes effect until all the members of CWA vote on it and approve it. We are setting that process in motion now and expect to give everyone adequate advance notice and information about the contract before voting occurs. 

Depending on worksite meeting schedules, we have started preliminary discussions of the terms of the tentative agreement. However, it is important that all members receive the same information at the same time, so we want to put out an official release of the tentative agreement as soon as all terms are signed by both the Union and the Judiciary. We expect that to occur shortly. 

Due to the long period of negotiations and the many parts of the contract that were discussed, it is taking some time to finalize the documents. The Union has drafted the necessary documents for ratification and we are awaiting a response from the Judiciary. All parties are working quickly and cooperatively to finalize things. 

Also, in light of the changing legal and legislative landscape over the last couple of years, we want to be sure that our contract language is in compliance with the law and will be enforceable. Therefore, we are taking extra time to ensure language is clear and complete. 

In the meantime, you may have seen or heard rumors about the settlement. Anything you have seen is not from CWA Local 1036 and is not necessarily accurate, so you should only rely upon information directly from the Local. 

A full bargaining report will be distributed electronically and through our stewards as soon as all terms are signed by both the Union and Judiciary. 

Here are the basics of the salary components of our agreement.  

Maintained the structure of our salary ranges: minimums, annual progression increases for everyone at maximum1 and below, advancing from maximum1 to maximum2 after 24 months. 
Protected annual progression increases for everyone who is still eligible for progression (folks at maximum1 and below).
Secured annual across the board increases similar to the Executive Branch but on a faster schedule.
Secured across the board increases and additional bonuses for members who have been at maximum2 (the top of range) for a defined period of time.
Ensured pensionability of increases for everyone, including members at maximum2 who are potentially closest to retirement.
Reduced maximums, but no change to starting salaries or progression schedule, for new employees hired in the future. 

During these Judiciary negotiations, we knew that we were facing a difficult challenge. Health care contributions were set by law and set outside our scope of negotiations for this contract. The state executive branch settlement set a pattern that, in some parts, influenced Judiciary negotiations. Judiciary funding from the State has been flat for several years and is expected to continue that way. Meanwhile, the Judiciary was initially proposing multi-year wage freezes, pay reductions, and the elimination of progression increases. In addition, there were attempts to change much of our contract language, which lengthened negotiations. 

JCAU is also issuing a joint message to membership as soon as possible. 

Next Steps:

A detailed bargaining report will be distributed to members as soon as language is finalized with the Judiciary. 
Ratification materials, explanatory meetings, and a voting schedule will be distributed. 
Ratification will be scheduled as soon as possible, while allowing members adequate time to review, consider, and understand the proposal for our new contract. 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 18:27
 

Oppose the TPP - The Worst Trade Deal You're Not Hearing About

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Congress is considering fast tracking the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement that is worse than NAFTA and would cause hundreds of thousands of American workers to lose their jobs. Equally bad, the TPP would allow companies to appeal US environmental, health, and labor regulations to an international court, circumventing US rules and enforcement.

If the Trans-Pacific Partnership is approved, American workers will be forced to compete with workers in countries like Vietnam, with a minimum wage of 25 cents an hour. It’s not just manufacturing jobs that are at risk – multinational corporations will happily auction off information technology and tech support jobs to the lowest bidder.

Negotiators are seeking "fast track" authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which blocks any changes or amendments to the trade deal and only allows for an "up or down" vote by Congress.

Stopping fast track is the only real way to change the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Tell your members of Congress to stand against "Fast Track" and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

 

Legislature Rejects Gov's Attacks on Civil Service Rules, Stand Up Against Political Pressure and Patronage

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After a vote by the Senate on January 9, both houses of the New Jersey legislature have now passed a resolution to override the dangerous rule changes to the Civil Service system proposed last year.  

Demonstrating the seriousness of this issue, this is the first time in its history that the legislature has used its authority to revoke a proposed rule change in a department or at a commission.

On December 23, 2013 the Civil Service Commission released revisions to its original attacks on the fundamental protections of the civil service system. Their revised proposals do not alter their original intent to shred the system’s safeguards against patronage, favoritism, and discrimination. Their position is that the “substantial revisions” which limit the scope of affected employees to include only State workers should trigger a new timeline for public hearing and, indeed, constitute a new proposal. 

Our position (shared with our allies in the legislature), is that this is the same old set of attacks and the proposed changes are still subject to the legislative override process that just concluded. Regardless, we’ll continue to do everything we can to protect the integrity of the civil service system. As more hearings and legislative dates are scheduled, we’ll make sure to include all details in the e-newsletter and in worksite meetings around the state.

Obviously, with the news stories the news swirling around our state right now, we’re all reminded of the need to ensure a fair, just system of protecting public services and public employees from political retribution and patronage!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 22:55