Communications Workers of America Reaches Tentative Agreement with State of New Jersey on New Contract

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Late on May 2nd, the Communications Workers of America reached a Tentative Agreement with the State of New Jersey on a new contract for our 40,000 members in the executive branch.

CWA Local 1039

The Bargaining Team worked hard to protect the integity of collective bargaining rights.

CWA Reaches Tentative Agreement with State of New Jersey on New Contract

Late on May 2nd, the Communications Workers of America reached a Tentative Agreement with the State of New Jersey on a new contract for our 40,000 members in the executive branch. The tentative agreement will be finalized and submitted to our members for ratification over the next several weeks.

CWA has been negotiating with the State since March 2011. The proposed contract’s term will run from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014.

From the outset, our core bargaining priorities for this round of negotiations have been consistent. First, our members wanted to protect the integrity of our collective bargaining agreement so that whatever is bargained is honored by both sides for the life of the contract. Second, we understand the importance of negotiating job security provisions to maintain oversight of potential privatization attempts, and to provide re-training and re-employment opportunities for displaced workers.

It is clear under this contract, our members continue to make sacrifices. Our tentative agreement contains small salary increases, reduces clothing maintenance allowances, and recognizes the new law governing health care for public employees.

However, after a year of negotiations, our Union has rejected systematic, unprecedented attacks at the bargaining table. The State began negotiations seeking over 90 concessions from the Union which would have eliminated significant sections of our contract including both economic and non-economic language developed over decades of bargaining – with both Democratic and Republican Governors, in good times and in bad.

We have accomplished our core objectives during a very difficult political and economic climate, defending the integrity of our contract against an Administration hell-bent on undermining this legal right at every opportunity. Given this fact, we support this tentative agreement and recommend its ratification.

Our tentative agreement will go to the membership for review and approval over the next several weeks. We will meet with our Shop Stewards on the afternoon of May 9th. After that, Locals will be in touch with their membership to set up informational meetings.

CWA Bargaining Committee Members
Chris Shelton, District 1 Vice President
Hetty Rosenstein, CWA NJ Director
John Rose, President 1031
Patrick Kavanagh, President 1032
Adam Liebtag, President 1036
Ken McNamara, President 1037
Lionel Leach, President 1039
Carolyn Wade, President 1040

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