TRENTON - The Communications Workers of America released today
the following statement from President Larry Cohen, following the Assembly’s
vote to deny bargaining rights to nearly half a million public workers:
“This is a dark today for workers’ rights as the race to the
bottom continues. We thank those who stood up and voted “No” despite
the pressure. We will never forget them.
“We will also never forget those who moved New Jersey back fifty years,
It has come down to this. Tomorrow the Assembly will vote on A. 4133, a bill that will change our pension and health care benefits, and will suspend our right to bargain over health care for the next four years. The Senate passed the bill on Monday, and if the Assembly passes it, Governor Christie is expected to sign it into law as soon as possible.
Senate Bill 2937, which makes changes to health care and pensions for public workers, passed the full Senate this afternoon 24-15. Democrats voting in favor of the bill were:
Jim Beach (D-6), Voorhees
Fred Madden (D-4), Washington Twp.
Donald Norcross (D-5), Camden
M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29), Newark
Brian Stack (D-33), Union City
Steve Sweeney (D-3), West Deptford
Jeff Van Drew (D-1), Dennis Twp.
Jim Whelan (D-2), Atlantic City,