CWA Local 1039 Schedules Capital Child Contract Ratification Vote

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Communications Workers of America (CWA) 1039 today announced they have reached tentative agreement with Capital Child Care, Trenton, NJ. The ratification vote is scheduled for December 20, 2012, from 12 noon to 2 pm, at the CWA Local 1039 Offices.

Communications Workers of America Local 1039

We are pleased to announce that, after many months of negotiation, CWA Local 1039, on behalf of its newest members, has reached a tentative agreement with the owners of Capital Child Care,” stated Lionel Leach, President of CWA Local 1039

Communications Workers of America (CWA) 1039 today announced it has reached tentative agreement with Capital Child Care, Trenton, NJ. The ratification vote is scheduled for December 20, 2012 from 12 noon to 2 pm at the CWA Local 1039 Offices.

Capital Child Care, 16 West Front Street, Trenton, NJ employs approximately 30 child-care workers who care for approximately 150 children, ages infant to toddler, on a daily basis. They are the children of hard working, union, State employee families.

Capital Child Care workers voted in Spring 2012 to join CWA Local 1039, after suffering low wages, no benefits, and unfair management practices. Since then, CWA Local 1039 and these workers have been negotiating a contract with the owners of Capital Child Care.

“We are pleased to announce that, after many months of negotiation, CWA Local 1039, on behalf of its newest members, has reached a tentative agreement with the owners of Capital Child Care,” stated Lionel Leach, President of CWA Local 1039. “Our workers provide first-class care for children of hard-working families and they deserved to be treated justly,” added Leach.

The agreement calls for a 12% increase during the two-year agreement along with additional paid holidays, grievance procedures, and modest benefits. The owners of Capital Child Care further agreed to cease its egregious management practices.

Workers voiced serious concerns about working conditions and child safety, which led to the vote to join CWA Local 1039. During negotiations, workers had their beliefs confirmed that they were being paid wages far below industry standard for the area. They had virtually no benefits - including no health care - and regularly suffered deductions from their paychecks for items Capital Child Care owners did not even provide.

CWA Local 1039 is the labor union that represents and advocates on behalf of 4,200 public sector workers in the State of New Jersey which includes members who work in all 21 counties of New Jersey.

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