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Members of CWA Local 1087 at a Monmouth County Board of Freeholders meeting in 2019. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

CWA halts Monmouth COVID-19 sick leave policy

By David Wildstein, August 04 2020 6:17 pm

A union that represents about 300 Monmouth County Division of Social Services employees won a temporary restraining order stopping the county from mandating that workers exposed to the coronavirus still report to work.

CWA Local 1087 filed charges with the Public Employment Relations Commission in June, alleging that Monmouth County never negotiated changes to the sick leave policy with the union.

The new policy adopted by the county compelled asymptomatic employees who came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 to either quarantine at work or use personal leave time.    The union argued that the policy caused the spread of coronavirus to employees and member of the public.

After Gov. Phil Murphy issued a statewide travel advisory last month that required a 14-day self-quarantine period, Monmouth applied the new sick leave policy to county employees returning to New Jersey.  Under that plan, workers obeying the executive order were expected to use their personal days to self-quarantine.

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