COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA
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Brothers and Sisters,
As you know, Governor Christie has illegally denied our increments after Contract expiration. We are awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court on another case where this was done that we believe will overturn the Governor’s actions in our case.
The Governor did this in an effort to gain leverage so that we accept the raises of 0%, 0%, 1.75% and 1.5% that were accepted by IFPTE 195 and the union representing management that we consider to be inadequate.
CWA has been unwilling to be bullied by the Governor and we have insisted upon pursuing our legal case because we believe that we will win. Your Bargaining Team knows that there are members who are anxious to get the increments they are entitled to, but CWA will not establish a TERRIBLE PRECEDENT by agreeing to what we believe is an illegal act by the Governor.
The State has demanded concessions of CWA — which we reject — and has, as of now, not made ANY economic offer — insisting at the May 17th bargaining session that they would not even DISCUSS economic matters until non-economics (including all of their concessions) are resolved. CWA WILL NOT BE BULLIED . We will bargain an honest and legal agreement and we will not gut our Contract or give up language that we have fought for and won in the past.
The State is demanding the following concessions – which CWA has rejected:
The CWA Bargaining Team believes:
That we will win our increment case and that we should not allow Christie to overturn 40 years of precedent in public sector labor law without challenge. We believe that every Union should fight this type of egregious conduct.
Although we will pursue negotiations with the Administration, we REJECT the above demands to gut our Contract of Respect and Dignity Language, of Due Process protections, of overtime and leave rights, and of Layoff and Job Security Rights.
THE CONCESSION STAND IS CLOSED.
We believe that we can fight. We can win our increments and reestablish fair collective bargaining law. We can get raises and we can protect the language in our Contract. We know that our members are anxious and that you have been harmed by not getting the increments that you are ENTITLED TO! But CWA will not give in to bullying, concessions, and bad contractual language. Please support your Bargaining Team.
STATE WORKER BARGAINING REPORT 3/24/17
STATE WORKER BARGAINING REPORT 9/9/15
STATE WORKER BARGAINING REPORT 7/01/15
New Jersey Executive Branch Bargaining Report
Communications Workers of America Local 1039
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