Hetty Rosenstein, one of the most powerful people in New Jersey politics, will leave her post as state director of the Communications Workers of America on April 2 after 40 years with the union – the last fourteen in the top post.
“I am not leaving the movement for workers’ rights and social and economic justice. I am not leaving behind my union family and my love of CWA,” Rosenstein said. “I am leaving this job at this time.”
Rosenstein called her time with the CWA “extraordinary” and said she was “grateful for every moment of it.”
“But if I have learned anything after nearly a year of COVID lockdown, it is that we do not have unlimited time,” she said.
Rosenstein may be moving on to a different position – she hasn’t announced her plans, but hinted that she has something in mind in an email to union members.
“There are other things that I want to do, and from a different perch and a different lens.” Rosenstein said. “There are other people who will have a chance to step up. The work will continue. The struggle will continue. I will be there with you always, just from a different place.”
According to Rosenstein, CWA Vice President Dennis Trainor to announce her successor after their internal process is completed.
“It does not mean that I love my union any less. As I have told more people that I will be moving on, I am acutely aware of how much I love CWA, I love our members, and I have loved working with you,” she told her union brothers and sisters. “I am completely secure that it will be a good transition and I will do everything I possibly can to make sure that is so.”