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CWA Bargaining Update
CWA and the Murphy Administration are in formal negotiations to resolve all legal, contractual and retroactive matters. As members know, our contract expired in July 2015. Our bargaining will cover all issues retroactive to that date.. click here to read more.

CWA Bargaining Update
Please click here to view CWA's latest bargaining update for our state contract.

Feb. 8th Membership Meeting Cancelled and Rescheduled.
The membership meeting that is scheduled for Feb. 8, 2018 is cancelled and rescheduled for Feb. 15, 2018 at 6:00 at the Pennsauken Country Club located at 3800 Haddonfield Rd. Pennsauken Twp, NJ. Please click here for an updated list of membership meetings.

SHBP Transition to Optum RX
The takeover of prescription drug services for the State Health Benefits Plan by OptumRx from Express Scripts is happening over the next several weeks. Prescription drug services for the State Health Benefits Plan—active employees and retirees—will change to OptumRx.. read more

Increments Update: Governor Christie Tries To Stall
On August 2, the Supreme Court issued its decision on the “increments” cases in Atlantic County and Bridgewater. In these cases, the employers denied increments after expiration. The State of New Jersey, Judiciary, and other employers have relied upon the decision of the Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC) to deny payments of our increments.. read more

Listen Again: 8/07/17 TeleTown Hall
Please click here if you missed or would like to listen to the increment teletown hall call.

State Shutdown Pay Information
Pay for the shutdown furlough will be issued in a supplemental payroll on payroll date R, which is September 1. Taxes will be deducted as normal, but other deductions (healthcare, pension, union dues) were already charged in the prior 9-day pay covering the shutdown period.. read more

CWA Statement On Increments
Today, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its decision on the “increments” cases in Atlantic County and Bridgewater. In these cases, the employers denied increments after expiration. The State of New Jersey, Judiciary and other employers have relied upon PERC’s decisions to deny payments of our increments. The Appellate Court overturned PERC, and the employers appealed to the Supreme Court. PERC, Atlantic County, Bridgewater and the Christie Administration LOST.. read more

Assembly Passes Back Pay Bill.
The State Assembly voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill requiring back pay for state workers locked out during the state shutdown (67-0). The bill now heads to Governor Christie's desk to sign into law.

CWA Takes Legal Action Against The Christie Administration For Involuntary Furloughs
On Friday, July 7, CWA filed a Grievance with the Office of Employee Relations (OER) and an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge with the Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC) regarding July 1, 2, 3, 2017 involuntary furloughs of CWA executive branch employees and judicial branch employees as a result of the state shutdown.

CLICK HERE to view a copy of our grievance and ULP filed on behalf of all CWA-represented executive branch employees. CWA-represented judicial branch employees have similar language as the charges below.

Click here to view the grievance and the ULP filed against the Christie Administration.

CWA Update to Members Regarding Shutdown Pay
Here is the shutdown pay situation as of 7/7/2017. Even though Workers were paid for the shut down during Corzine and Federal workers have been paid during the budget shutdown, Chris Christie is refusing to pay anyone who was not an essential employee. CWA has covered all legal bases— we have filed a grievance and Unfair Practice already.. read more

Furlough Days. How We're Fighting Back!


Dear Members,

We believe we have a contractual right and right under the law to be paid for days of work we missed during the shutdown. They do not have a right to furlough us in this way. Be assured that the Union is contesting this and will file on behalf of all of our members.

If management is giving you directives regarding e-cats, filing for unemployment benefits, or anything else, our advice is for you to comply. It does not mean you agree. As with anything else, we comply and then contest the issue with a grievance. The Union again is handling that on a statewide basis.

We have tried to get answers from both the Governor’s office and the Treasurer and are being told that we will hear back by Friday. Either way, we expect this to be a fight like everything else with this administration. Stay tuned. We’ll continue to provide updates as we have them. Shop Stewards should call their assigned staff reps for further instructions.

In Solidarity,
Shawn Ludwig
President CWA Local 1038

NY Times: With Beaches Empty, Christie Wages One More Fight
Our Local President Shawn Ludwig featured in the NY Times talking about the NJ State shutdown.
Click here to read the article!

Notice on State Shutdown
The State of New Jersey is shut down because the Legislature and Governor failed to reach a budget agreement. Essential employees will be told to report to work and everyone else will be locked out of work until this budget is passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.. read more

“Time for some budget problems in Trenton…” “There is as much reason to shut down the State of New Jersey over Horizon as there was to shut the George Washington Bridge for a traffic study.”.. read more

Re-Listen to the 5/31/17 Tele-Town Hall Call
If you would like to rehear or listen to the CWA tele-town hall call.. please click here!

Contract Negotiations Update
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.. read more

CWA Local 1038 Scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year.
Please click here to apply!

Listen to Last Nights Tele-Town Hall!
Miss last nights tele-town hall call? Click here to listen!

Gloucester West DCF 1038 members wear red to support our contract bargining team on 3/24/17!

State Worker Bargaining Report March 2017
This is an important letter bringing you up to date on a few issues, so please take the time to read it through. It discusses Contract Negotiations for State Workers in the Executive Branch, the State Budget.. read more

Womens March on Washington
CWAers – women and men – are coming to Washington, D.C., on January 21, to join the Women's March on Washington, a megarally and march, the day after the presidential inauguration.. read more

Christie Signs Legislation Requiring Quarterly Pension Payments
Below please find a statement from CWA NJ State Director Hetty Rosenstein on Governor Christie today signing legislation requiring quarterly pension payments.. read more

The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court repudiated Governor Christie’s Job Banding Rule and all amendments, reversing all NJ Civil Service Commission (CSC) decisions implementing the rule.. read more

Healthcare Changes and Updates
There are significant changes to the State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) for 2017 . Your employer will distribute open enrollment information during the month of October and before January. We are publishing some beginning information so that you can begin evaluating your health care needs and determine if any changes are appropriate.. read more

CWA Statement of IFPTE Local 195's Tentative Agreement.
Please Click Here.

Important Updates on Increments and More
Public sector unions won the appeal of the PERC decision that took away increments "without" a contract in the Appellate Division on 3/09/16. "The commission exceeded its authority when it determined.. read more