CWA District 1 represents over 70,000 workers in the great state of New Jersey!
The Communications Workers of America represents more than 70,000 working families in New Jersey, including more than 40,000 state workers, 15,000 county & municipal workers, & thousands of workers in the telecommunications & direct care industries.
This awesome crew is ready to go GET IT DONE for Election Day today! ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏻 They’re heading out to talk to voters about Vote Gopal, Donlon & Peterpaul for Monmouth County and make sure that everyone gets their ballots in!
More from GOTV weekend! CWAers rallying in Legislative District 16 for Andrew Zwicker for State Senate and Roy Freiman and Mitchelle Drulis for Assembly.
Election day is TOMORROW, November 7th! Have you cast your ballot yet?
You have two options for voting:
IN PERSON - Tomorrow, November 7. Find your polling place here at https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote-polling-location.shtml Polls are open 6am - 8pm (and remember - if you’re in line by 8pm, you have the right to vote, so stay in line!)
VOTE BY MAIL - Ballots must be postmarked by November 7th, so get them in the mail today or tomorrow! You can also return ballots in one of the secure Ballot Drop Boxes throughout the state. Find a Ballot Drop Box here: https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote-secure-drop-boxes.shtml
It’s GOTV weekend! We only have a few days left to get those ballots back in, and CWA Local 1037 is out today talking to voters to make sure that everyone knows about Senator Vin Gopal for NJ State Senate and Margie Donlon and Luanne Peterpaul for Assembly.
Open for applications! CWA's Joe Beirne Scholarship awards 16 partial college scholarships of $4,000 each for CWA members, spouses, children, and grandchildren (including dependents of laid-off, retired, or deceased CWA members).
CWA's Joe Beirne Foundation was established in 1974 to honor CWA's founding President, who served the union for more than 30 years.
The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation offers partial college scholarships each academic year. CWA members and their spouses, children and grandchildren, including those of retired or deceased members, are eligible. Winners are chosen by lottery drawing.
It’s GOTV time and we are ALL IN on Mercer County! Several of our Intensive Political Action Training participants met with legislators and candidates this evening to talk about our plan to WIN in the next week for pro-worker candidates!
It's Labor Education Day with our Intensive Political Action Training participants! CWAers from CWA Local 1033, CWA Local 1040, CWA Local 1037, and others dug deep into labor history today and had a chance to visit the American Labor Museum Botto House, a National Landmark in Haledon, NJ ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏻
Happy Halloween from CWA! 🦇
Early voting starts TODAY in New Jersey! Not sure who to vote for? Check out CWA's list of endorsements for State Senate and Assembly 👇
2023 Dates to RememberOctober 17: Deadline to register to voteOctober 28 - Sunday, November 5: Early VotingOctober 31: Deadline to apply for vote by mail ballot (by mail)November 6: Deadline to apply for vote by mail ballot (in person)November 7: Election DayNovember 7: Vote by Mail Dead
CWAers, have you made your plan to VOTE? You have 3 options for voting in NJ:
Early Voting - TODAY, October 28, through November 5
Election Day - November 7
Vote-By-Mail - Easy and safe from your home! The deadline to request your vote-by-mail ballot is October 31 by mail, or November 6 in person. You can request a ballot online here: https://www.nj.gov/state/elections/vote-by-mail.shtml Ballots MUST by postmarked by November 7th!
We're heartbroken to report that three of our members were shot yesterday while on the job with the Buffalo Sewer Authority in Buffalo, NY. One was killed and another seriously wounded. CWA is actively supporting the two surviving members and their families. Please read our full statement here: https://cwad1.org/press-releases/communications-workers-america-shot-while-job
✅ Trick-or-treat route
✅ UNION-MADE candy!
Just over 12 days to Election Day! We had a visit from some friends in Legislative District 38 (Bergen County), Sen. Joe Lagana, AM Lisa Swain, and AM Chris Tully, speaking with participants and trainers of our Intensive Political Action Training this morning.
Have you sent in your mail in ballot? You have 12 more days to get your vote in! ⏰
It’s a beautiful day for a Labor Walk! With just 2 weeks until Election Day, CWAers in NJ are out talking to voters for pro-worker candidates for State legislature, including Senator Andrew Zwicker, Assemblyman Roy Freiman, and Mitchelle Drulis in Legislative District 16 🗳
CWA Local 1033 Ex VP Michele Greaves speaks at UAW rally, telling strikers that CWA stands in solidarity with them for a fair contract and against corporate greed. UAW members chant during rally.
Voting by mail in 2023? 3 ways to return your Mail-In Ballot by 11/7 at 8pm:
1. Mail 📬
2. Secure ballot drop box 📨
3. Your county’s Board of Elections Office 📩
❌ Your Mail-In Ballot CANNOT be returned to your early voting or Election Day polling locations.
Info at Vote.NJ.Gov.
BREAKING NEWS: After more than a year of preparation, mobilization, and tough bargaining with the State of New Jersey, our 35,000 members voted to ratify our 2023-2027 Executive Branch contract by 94.01% to 5.99% 💪
You can find more details of the contract including the full text of the agreement, a bargaining report summary, memos of agreement, and salary schedules here: https://cwad1.org/workplaces/njstateworkercontract2023
Welfare workers in Warren County are gearing up to win a strong contract! Over 90% of these CWA Local 1032 members signed a solidarity petition in ONE day, showing that they're ready for this contract campaign 💪
CWA D1 Locals in NJ have been supporting our UAW Local 2177 sisters and brothers on strike for a fair contract at the GM Parts Distribution Center at 200 Cabot Blvd, Langhorne, PA. UAW has been on strike for over 3 weeks now. Call 1-318-300-1249 to leave a message for the CEOs of Ford, GM, and Stellantis and tell them UAW members deserve the same 40% raise they got over the last four years.
THIS JUST IN: We have reached a tentative agreement with the State of New Jersey on a historic contract covering our 35,000 members in the executive branch!
Short summary (more details will be provided next week once the parties have signed off on the final documents, which is in progress):
-Wins the largest across-the-board package over the life of the contract since our 2007-2011 contract, with members receiving raises averaging between 19% and 35%
-Provides across-the-boards of 14%, exclusive of annual step increases which average an additional 3.7% per year. The first ATB is retroactive to July 1, 2023.
-Adds Step 11 to top of all pay ranges, effective July 2025
Adjusts all titles below range 9 to at least Range 9-step 2, establishing a new minimum salary for all CWA-represented positions, effective July 2024
-Secures Clothing Maintenance Allowance payments for the life of the contract, retroactive for 2023
-Secures our current plan design and contribution increases - secured our current contribution rates for CWA Unity Direct
-Continues negotiations on plan design issues such as copays through the State Plan Design Committee, and all affected unions
-Establishes process for continued negotiations on telework program to start October 15, 2023 and end by March 15, 2024 before the Civil Service Commission considers a permanent rule
-Provides a process to address exclusions of members in the departments of Children and Families and Law and Public Safety
The TA also secures improved health and safety procedures, agreements to reduce and convert temporary positions into full-time bargaining unit positions, changes to Civil Service issues like out-of-title work appeals and supervisory position requirements, and continued negotiations to place Rowan SOM members in the state ranges and steps.
CWA leadership is finalizing the details in writing and will provide full details early next week. CWA Local leadership will distribute the Tentative Agreement materials and schedule membership meetings to explain the agreement and ratification procedures.
Any success and power CWA has at the bargaining table is based on membership solidarity, patience, and strength. When we fight, we win. Together, we fought for a pattern-breaking contract and this tentative agreement has significant gains for members in every part of CWA’s membership.
Dennis Trainor, District 1 Vice President
William Gallagher, District 1 Assistant to the VP
Fran Ehret, NJ Area Director
John Rose, Local 1031
Migdalia Santiago, Local 1032
Gaye Palmer, Local 1033
Adam Liebtag, Local 1036
Ken McNamara, Local 1037
Shawn Ludwig, Local 1038
Michele Long-Vickers, Local 1040
Shana Tovah to all our union siblings celebrating Rosh Hashanah!
CWA stands in full support and solidarity with the 150,000 members of the UAW as their contracts at the Big Three automakers expire and they prepare to go on strike.
Their fight is our fight. Workers are fed up with giant corporations that use our labor to make billions in profits, then reward top executives and large shareholders while demanding that we do more and earn less. We are fed up with corporate structures that divide workers and deny us equal pay for equal work. We are fed up with seeing our communities left behind and abandoned.
CWA members, retirees, and our families are ready stand up and stand with UAW members for as long as it takes to help them win this important fight.
Do you have your CWA red on?
📸: CWA Local 1037
On Thursdays we wear red and stand with striking workers! 💪 RWJNursesUnited nurses have been on strike for over a MONTH and the employer announced last week that their healthcare was being cut off. CWA Local 1031, NJCU Branch, CWA Local 1036, CWA 1038, CWA 1032, and CWA 1087 rallied yesterday in New Brunswick to tell Robert Wood Johnson: SAFE STAFFING SAVES LIVES!
Happening now! We’re rallying to support striking USW nurses in New Brunswick! 💪
Tomorrow (Thursday)! We're rallying alongside United Steelworkers Local 4-200 - Over 1,700 nurses started went on strike on August 4th, and Management announced that they would be cutting the workers' healthcare at the end of August. Join us at 4pm tomorrow (September 7) to support these workers!
>>10 Plum St, New Brunswick (gathering outside of the parking garage)
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Let's get to work to elect these strong women advocates - for working families, worker protections, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+ community!
Valerie Huttle time and again has proven herself to be a leader who will usher through key legislation for women, families, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+ community - and she won't back down in the face of opposition. Let's get to work and get her elected!
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"What’s the bottomline? CWA is carefully monitoring the situation for our members. We are asking Employers to conduct themselves responsibly and we are particularly focused on making sure actions that protect our members and their families are being considered wherever possible.
We are asking our members to take responsibility to act prudently when they can (washing hands, self-reporting and self-quarantines, speak with your Local and with appropriate health professionals) and to cooperate with all efforts that are being made to keep the virus from spreading. We will continue to get information out to our members as we understand it and it is helpful."
A big thank you to Senator Loretta Weinberg, District Office of Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake, and Senator Nia H. Gill for sponsoring this bill!
“Advocates view shift security as the next big progressive battle on the workplace front, in the wake of legislative victories over increasing minimum wage and improving paid sick leave.
‘New Jersey can do something about it,’ said Adil Ahmed of Make the Road New Jersey, which champions the rights of immigrants and working class families. ‘New Jersey can stop the most abusive scheduling practices, and make a huge difference for workers by updating our existing labor laws.’”
Fight for a Fair Workweek in New Jersey today! ✍️ https://p2a.co/3uavpFD
Read more: https://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/praise-for-attempt-to-give-500k-predictable-work-schedules/
Anti-Poverty Network of NJ (APN), 32BJ SEIU, New Jersey Working Families Alliance, Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board, Workers United/SEIU, Unite Here! Local 100, New Jersey Citizen Action, New Labor, Hotel Trades Council, United for Respect, Union of Rutgers Administrators, Committee of Interns and Residents, CWA New Jersey
A law means economic security and a chance to balance work with life, family and school responsibilities for 500,000 NJ workers. Many thanks to Senator Loretta Weinberg Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Senator Senator Nia H. Gill for championing this legislation.
Make the Road New Jersey, 32BJ SEIU, CWA New Jersey, Anti-Poverty Network of NJ (APN)
The law aims to protect call center workers and is the result of more than four years of hard work by CWA members who fought for it at every accountability session, electoral screening, and lobby day with legislators. 💪 Great work!
As Commissioner Johnson noted, "Governor Phil Murphy's Administration will always fight for quality health care. It's long past time to end the campaign against affordable health care."
New Jersey Hospital Association
CWA New Jersey
Senator Nia H. Gill