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Welcome to the CWA Local 1032 website. CWA 1032
Local 1032 of the Communications Workers of America represents public and private sector workers in New Jersey and New York. We are here to share with you some information about our union and its members.

Patrick Kavanagh - Local 1032 President

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CWA LOCAL 1032
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Info here

Posted: July 1st, 2015

New Jersey Executive Branch Bargaining Report
7/1/2015

As you may be aware, the 2011 Contract was originally due to expire 6-30-2015. Many things have happened in the last several months that have led us to think very carefully about negotiations with the Christie Administration. It has been necessary to focus on the pension and the budget because these campaigns will frame our political work, mobilization, member education and bargaining approach.

Read the Bargaining Report here

 

Posted: June 10th, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

By now you probably know that the Supreme Court ruled against us in the pension case. How disgraceful! The Court agrees that the law said exactly what we said it said, and that all parties knew exactly what they were agreeing to and that “Morally (our) arguments are unassailable” but still decided that the Governor does not have to make the payments.

WE WILL FIGHT AND WE WON’T STOP FIGHTING UNTIL WE WIN

1. Over the next 3 weeks we must make sure that the budget that is passed by the Legislature fully makes the Chapter 78 payment. We need every member to call their Legislators immediately and insist that the money is put in the budget and if the Governor vetoes it out, that they will vote to override that veto. The number to call is 844-325-5396 and you will be patched through to your legislator.

2. Our lawyers are reviewing the decision to determine whether or not we have any means to appeal to the Federal Supreme Court. If we do, we will pursue it.

3. Along with the rest of the New Jersey Labor Movement, we are reviewing our options for a Constitutional Amendment.

4. We are meeting with all of our New Jersey Local Presidents today to develop a full and robust mobilization and communications plan.

5. We have a teletown hall meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. If we have your phone number, we will call you and you need only pick up the phone. If we don’t, you can call into the meeting at 6:55 p.m. on Thursday by calling 855-269-4484.

WE WILL FIGHT AND WE WON’T STOP FIGHTING UNTIL WE WIN!

In Solidarity,

Hetty Rosenstein
NJ Director

 

 

Posted: May 14th, 2015

Governor Christie says he deserves a "Thank You" note for breaking the law on pension payments and using the pension as a piggy bank for his allies on Wall St.

Well, we wrote him one.

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Posted: April 9th, 2015

PERS Election information

State employees VOTE FOR CAREY BROWN

county employees VOTE FOR TRACY SMITH

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Posted: April 8th, 2015

Pension Funding Lawsuit

As you know, we have two outstanding lawsuits regarding
Governor Christie's failure to make the required pension payments. The first deals with the cut to the FY 2015 contribution. Judge Jacobson issued a ruling in our favor on February 23rd. The next day, Governor Christie proposed a budget for FY2016 that once again fails to make the required contribution. As a result, we filed a second lawsuit regarding FY 2016 funding. Judge Jacobson is
scheduled to hear oral argument in this case on May 12th. We are
also planning a rally in Trenton on this day to support pension funding.

More details will be announced soon.

In the meantime, Governor Christie has appealed the ruling on FY 2015 funding to the Supreme Court. The Court will hear oral argument in this case on May 6th.

Click here to read a statement from NJ Area Director Hetty Rosenstein on the Supreme Court taking the case

 

Click here to read CWA Statement on FY 2015 lawsuit

Click here to call your legislator.
Tell them not to support a budget that doesn't make the required pension payment

Click here for information on upcoming teletown hall calls

 

Posted: March 18th, 2015

CWA RELEASES VIDEO ON HOW CHRISTIE’S ILLEGAL FAILURE TO FUND PENSION PUTS NEW JERSEYANS AT FINANCIAL RISK

 

Click here to read more

 

Posted: Sept 8th, 2014

CWA Wins PLB Case!
2009 MOA Upheld Once Again

Click here to read a statement and the details of the decision

Click here to read the complete decision



 

It's "Shirk Week"
Check out CWA's latest ad on
Christie's Broken Pension Promise

 

 

Posted: June 26th, 2014

CWA-NJ Statement on Pension Lawsuit

June 25, 2014

Today Judge Jacobson made a ruling on our request for a preliminary injunction on our lawsuit about Governor Christie not making the legally required pension payment.

The Judge said:

1) She would not rule on what the Governor makes as a pension payment for Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015) because the budget is not completed and it is premature to make a decision;

2) She was persuaded by the Union's argument that there is a contractual right to the pension payment and that not making the unfunded liability payment is a "impairment" of that contract. (This is a central and key component to our lawsuit. It means that the Judge agrees that the law - Chapter 78 - gives us a contractual right to have the pension paid. This is a critical decision in our favor.)

3) She believed, however, that the very unusual and specific circumstances of Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014) where at the very end of the Fiscal Year the budget was found to be extremely underfunded, it was reasonable in that specific circumstance for the Governor to not make the full payment. She made it clear that she was only speaking of Fiscal Year 2014.

4) She specifically said that she was not dismissing our complaint and that she is expecting us back in her court about Fiscal Year 2015.

We will continue to litigate this matter. We will go back into court when Christie vetoes the 2015 payment. We are preparing for a long fight to protect the pension plan. We also expect Christie to very shortly take direct aim at post-retirement medical.

We will fight to maintain our benefits and our standard of living. We will fight in court. We will fight in the Legislature. We will fight at the Worksite. We will fight in the Street. We will not back down.

In Solidarity,

Chris Shelton
District 1 Vice President

Hetty Rosenstein
New Jersey Director

Download this Statement in .pdf format


 

Posted: May 20th, 2014

CWA STATEMENT ON CHRISTIE BREAKING PENSION PAYMENT PROMISE

TRENTON, NJ) – This afternoon, Governor Chris Christie broke his latest promise. In dealing with a budget shortfall north of $800 million - of his own making - Christie declared that he is refusing to make pledged pension payments.

Below please find a statement from Communications Workers of America’s NJ State Director Hetty Rosenstein in response:

“Governor Christie said he fixed the state pension. He said our economy was the New Jersey Comeback, and he’d stop relying on one-shot gimmicks. He said record-breaking tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy would create jobs. After five years of Christie at the helm, it turns out every single thing he's promised has failed miserably - with a record sixth credit-downgrade by Wall Street to show for all his failures. It’s time Christie realizes what everyone else knows: cutting taxes for the super-wealthy, while stealing money from pensions hasn’t worked yet. And it wont work this time. At every turn, Governor Christie has chosen the path of economic instability, due to his wrong priorities and callous actions towards New Jersey’s working families. Since Christie is clearly unwilling to be a responsible actor, we call on the state legislature to step up and be the adults in the room.”

 

 

Posted:May 15th, 2014

CHRISTIE’S CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION IGNORES CONSTITUTION & STATE LAW REGARDING PROMOTIONS PROCESS

Putting Patronage, Corruption, Nepotism & Political Abuse Ahead of Protecting Taxpayers & Good Government… Let Alone Following The Law

(TRENTON, NEW JERSEY) – This morning, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission (CSC) voted to enact sweeping changes to the promotional process for non-uniformed state workers. In doing so, the Christie administration is seeking to gut modest taxpayer protections from political patronage. These measures have not only been on the books for over a century, but are so vital to fairness in public service that they’re written into the state's Constitution. The changes also allow the Christie Administration to gut veterans’ preference in promotions for most positions in State Government.

Today’s regressive action comes in spite of a binding resolution passed by the State Legislature in January – which prohibited the Christie Administration from enacting the rules.  The CSC is not only ignoring the actions of the legislature, but also ignoring what is enshrined in the State Constitution, as well as what New Jersey Supreme Court says is the law of the land.

“It is inconceivable that the Christie Administration is granting itself permission to promote anyone it wants, while getting rid of oversight and objective standards for fairness,” said Seth Hahn, CWA Political and Legislative Director. “Their scheme blocks lanes of promotions for the deserving, while subjecting advancement to the whims of political pressure. This radical change is especially galling given all we know about what’s happened on Governor Christie’s watch in both various agencies around the state and his own office in the Statehouse. Today’s action has the potential to open the entirety of State Government to the abuse we’ve recently seen at the Port Authority.”  

The CSC’s arrogance and inability to follow the law would expose every single New Jerseyan to higher taxes due to corruption, cronyism, nepotism and patronage….if they were able to get their way  This would amount to a wholesale attack on working families, women, LGBT workers, disabled people and people of color.  Thankfully, the Christie Administration will not be able to get away with this, as the state constitution says you cannot write regulations contrary to the intent of the statute. And the New Jersey legislature has already agreed and passed two concurrent resolutions.

As passed, today’s proposal would allow the CSC to lump workers into “broad bands” of job titles - limiting valuable public oversight of which employees are performing specific tasks.  It would then replace promotions for workers based on objective qualifications and done based on a transparent and objective testing process with “advancement” through the employment “bands.”  The “advancement” would be done solely at the discretion of management. It would not be subject to minimum qualifications requirements or public oversight.  And it could allow politically-friendly workers to get ahead, at the expense of those who are deserving.

Furthermore, since the testing process is the only place that veterans’ preference exists in New Jersey Civil Service, it replaces a clear commitment to our state’s veterans with a “trust me” system.  Management would merely be directed to weigh veterans status in their own minds when making decisions about advancement.

Today’s action comes despite a binding legislative resolution that was passed in January that prohibits the Governor from adopting the proposal.  The legislature used a little-known provision of the State Constitution, enacted by voters in 1992, that allows the legislature to prohibit or invalidate regulations or rules proposed or enacted by the Executive.  The procedure required two votes of the legislature, and an open public hearing.

Not only is today’s adoption of the rule likely illegal, it most likely runs afoul of the State Constitution.  Article VII, Section 1, paragraph 2 requires that state promotions shall be made and veterans’ preference shall be protected by an open and competitive testing process, “as far as practable.”

This morning’s CSC vote comes despite widespread condemnation from Civil Rights organizations, veterans, people with disabilities, women’s organizations and public watchdogs. It also comes after more than a year of the Christie Administration refusing public input. Last year, they held a single public hearing in Trenton at 3 pm on a workday in the middle of the week – in a room that could only seat thirty people. Even worse, not a single Civil Service Commissioner attended this meeting to discuss 96 pages of new rules marking the most radical changes since the inception of civil service.  Since then, Christie’s Commission has steadfastly refused requests from thousands of people for additional hearings. They’ve stonewalled, even though previous Administrations – both Republicans and Democrats – have granted more hearings for changes far less sweeping.  The state legislature held two oversight hearings and requested someone from Civil Service attend.  Both times the invitations were denied.  

It’s no surprise the Christie Administration has failed to be transparent on this issue.  Because Christie’s latest scheme will create more patronage and corruption at all levels of government. It undermines promotions for the deserving and subjects promotions to the whims of political pressure. Simply put, Christie’s proposal hands power over to politicians and backroom players, at the expense of both good government and New Jersey’s taxpayers. However, their attempts to do so will be moribund as it is simply against the law to make these radical changes.

UPDATE

On May 14th, Senate President Steve Sweeney and  Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto sent a letter to Governor Christie and CSC Chair Robert Czech stating the Legislature's intenet to go into court to enforce its resolutions invalidating the rule.  Their letter makes clear that the Legislature views the adoption by CSC as illegal. CWA is also prepared to join any legal action if it comes to that. 

Click here to read the letter


UPDATE: May 26, 2014

The Legislature is still prepared to go into court to enforce the resolutions passed earlier this year, but they are doing another round of concurrent resolutions as an added precaution. To initiate that process, on Monday, May 19th, the Senate Budget Committee passed a resolution nullifying the job banding rule adopted by the Civil Service Commission. More updates will be provided as the resolution moves through the Legislature.

 

Posted: February 5th, 2013

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