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“WE’RE FROM NEW JERSEY,” A SONG ABOUT OUR PLIGHT BY CLYDE ROBERTS,
A WPU LOCAL 1031 MEMBER.
CWA Mobilization Action
April 25-26, 2012
UNION VICTORY ON RETIREE RX COPAYS
February 24 at 9:53am June 12 2014 CWA Pension Rally CWA LOCAL 1031 Rutgers/Rowan/UHNJ Collective Bargaining Survey - 2014 Contract CWA LOCAL 1031 FINAL 2011-2015 NJ STATE EXECUTIVE BRANCH CONTRACT STATE WORKER SALARY CHART KATHY HERNANDEZ SPEECHES
Dear CWA Members,
Yesterday, Superior Court Judge Jacobson issued a decision ordering that the State of New Jersey must make it's pension payments. In a scathing 130-page ruling, she said that Christie broke his own “pension reform” law and violated the contractual rights of public employee unions in the process. Governor Christie immediately personally attacked the Judge, a respected jurist who was appointed by a Republican governor. He vowed to appeal the decision and said that pensions and benefits must be cut further. He also issued a notice that he is working with the NJEA on a deal. (A report will come out today as to what the Governor's Pension Commission has come up with. Do not expect it to have detailed numbers in it or for the math to add up. We do not believe that there is an actual "deal". ) The Governor's hypocrisy in saying that he wants to work cooperatively while attacking and appealing a legal decision that upheld the law that he signed, knows no bounds. CWA's position is:
1. There is NO way to eliminate the costs that have already accumulated to the system. The payments must be made. The Judge said so. And, contrary to what Christie might believe, the law is not theater or something that can be rewritten in a back room deal with a Commission.
2. The numbers have to add up. The $1.3 billion that Christie has proposed to put into the pension plan will bankrupt the system in a decade or so. Any discussions of a "solution" to the pension issue has to begin with making payments to the plan - not with cutting benefits.
CWA has spent more than 20 years fighting to protect the pension plan of our members. It is the number one issue for the public sector today.
We will not walk away from our lawsuit.
Governor Christie has both a legal and moral obligation to obey the law. We will not allow him to walk away from that obligation. No discussions with another Union will change our obligation and commitment to our members. No discussions between another Union and Governor Christie will change his obligation to obey the law.
We will need YOU. We will need our members to support this position. We will need you to commit to fight as hard for pension funding as you have ever fought for anything. We will need you to come to Trenton. We will need you to call your Legislators. We will need you to put yourself on the line to protect these benefits. We cannot do it without the full support of our members.
Every action that CWA has taken and will take with regard to our pension will continue to be determined by our elected Leadership. We will never abandon our commitment to protect our members' pension plan. We will always talk - to both Legislators and to the Governor. We do want a permanent solution to the never ending under funding of the pension. But fundamentally, the Governor must agree that law must be obeyed. Our message to the Governor is clear: Obey the law - put the money in.
Hetty Rosenstein Chris Shelton
NJ Director Vice President, CWA District 1
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June 12 2014 CWA Pension Rally CWA LOCAL 1031 Rutgers/Rowan/UHNJ Collective Bargaining Survey - 2014 Contract CWA LOCAL 1031 FINAL 2011-2015 NJ STATE EXECUTIVE BRANCH CONTRACT STATE WORKER SALARY CHART KATHY HERNANDEZ SPEECHES
CWA LOCAL 1031 Rutgers/Rowan/UHNJ Collective Bargaining Survey - 2014 Contract CWA LOCAL 1031 FINAL 2011-2015 NJ STATE EXECUTIVE BRANCH CONTRACT STATE WORKER SALARY CHART KATHY HERNANDEZ SPEECHES