On November 28, Senator Menendez visited the Alcatel-Lucent building in Murray Hill and met with employees there, many of whom are represented by the CWA. We'd like to thank the Senator for the visit and especially thank him for his support of the CWA's efforts in Washington to extend and expand section 420 of the Tax Code. This legislation is crucial for our retirees since it will allow companies to use assets in significantly over funded pension plans to fund retiree life insurance and to continue to use excess pension assets to finance retiree health care. We really appreciate Senator Menendez's leadership in helping to make this happen.
New Jersey spoke decisively yesterday, electing many progressive Democrats despite Governor Christie's desperate attempts to create a blank check legislature for the rest of his term. Democrats maintained their numbers in the State Senate and picked up an additional seat in the Assembly to strengthen their majority there.
CWA NJ congratulates its endorsees on their victories and thanks the hundreds of CWA Members who volunteered their time to make more than 126K phone calls, knock on tens of thousands of doors, and pass out thousands of leaflets in support of these candidates. Thank you! You are the backbone of the union!
Bonnie Watson Coleman
Valerie Vainieri Huttle
CWA New Jersey has announced its endorsements for the November Elections. We are not supporting ANY legislators who voted for the Pen/Ben bill or for any candidates who WOULD have voted for it had they been in office. Please make sure you turn out on November 8th for these REAL DEMOCRATS who believe in collective bargaining and in making New Jersey a great place for the middle class again.
Some of the candidates we've endorsed have difficult races ahead of them and we are doing all we can to help them win so they can defeat their anti-union opponents and fight for us in Trenton! CWA is doing Labor Walks all over the state, every Saturday until Election Day. Can you spare a couple hours to help make sure that candidates who care about middle class issues get elected? Click this link to print out an I'll Be There for labor walks in your area.
CWAState Worker Bargaining Update
September 30, 2011
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are Fighting Back!
The Christie/Sweeney/Oliver deal eliminating Collective Bargaining for Healthcare hurt us, but we are not defeated.We are fighting back – at the Bargaining Table, at the Polls this November, and at the worksite.
What follows is a Bargaining Report of where we are and where we are headed: