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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

CWA 1032

Posted: August 29th, 2014

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Thursday, September 25, 2014

6:00 P.M. Dinner
6:30 P.M. Meeting

Local 1032 Meeting Hall
67 Scotch Road
Ewing, New Jersey 08628

The Local’s FY 2015 Budget will be discussed
and voted on at this meeting.

RSVP: Please call the Local office by September 23, 2014
if you plan to attend – 609 434 1032

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

 

Posted: August 7th, 2014

JCAU RATIFICATION

Ratification materials have been sent to all Local 1032 Judiciary members in Monmouth, Somerset and Sussex. Each packet includes a Bargaining Report and specific instructions on how to cast your ballot.

Please note that your ballot must be received at the P.O. Box indicated by 9:00 AM on August 19th to be counted.

To read the bargaining report please click here

If you have not received a ballot, or if you have any questions about the tentative agreement please call the Local office at 609 434 1032.

 

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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