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New Jersey CWA Director Hetty Rosenstein

CWA ratifies labor contract

Murphy calls it a ‘reasonable and ‘responsible’ agreement

By David Wildstein, May 01 2018 4:16 pm

Communications Workers of America (CWA) has ratified a labor contract with the Murphy Administration involving 35,000 state employees.

“This contract finally closes the book on the Christie Administration,” said New Jersey CWA Director Hetty Rosenstein.  “CWA was unwilling to permit Chris Christie to flout the law and destroy collective bargaining.   We held our ground and are heartened that the terrible Christie chapter of New Jersey history is now over.  Our members were very supportive of CWA’s commitment to hold out. And we are ecstatic that they’ve overwhelmingly ratified this agreement.”

The contract cover state government workers in the administrative/clerical, professional and supervisory bargaining units.  According to the CWA, the contract will be retroactive from July 1, 2015 and will extend through June 30, 2019.

After three long years, this contract represents a reasonable and responsible agreement between the State of New Jersey and our CWA workers,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “Moving forward, we have established a solid foundation for future negotiations that considers fairness for our middle class and working families.”

A CWA release sys the contract also includes a settlement with the state over litigation that was precipitated by the Christie Administration when automatic performance “step increases” or “increments” that were unilaterally stopped at the expiration of the last contract.

“We are heartened to reach this fair agreement with the Murphy Administration,” said CWA District 1 Vice-President Dennis Trainor.  “This is a great day for New Jersey and the working men and women who dedicate their lives to making state government run.   The terms of the Agreement include two across the board salary increases of 2% beginning August 15, 2017 and another 2% beginning the first pay period in July, 2018.

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