Notice of General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 7pm

Camden County Emergency Training Center, Lakeland Complex, Blackwood, NJ

CWA 1014 would like to wish all our union brothers and sisters a Happy and Healthy Labor Day.  As we leave the summer months behind and venture into fall, please remember that Labor Day is mo

CWA Local 1014 would like to express our condolences on the loss of our union brother, Curtis Jenkins III.

June 28, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

On Thursday June 13th, over 2,000 workers and allies swarmed the Trenton Statehouse Annex. They were there in support of passing a millionaires' tax and protecting collective bargaining rights.

Dennis Trainor, regional CWA vice-president, said "He [Sweeney] wants you to pay more. This is an attack on unions. This is an attack on collective bargaining. And when we’re attacked, we stand up, we fight back."

Several members of CWA Local 1014 were in attendance, as well as ally CWA Local 1040 and 1084. 

RALLY AT THE STATEHOUSE FOR A BUDGET THAT N.J. DESERVES!

This Thursday, June 13th, at noon, Statehouse Annex in Trenton.

It's time to stand up and fight back!!!

Join CWA 1014 for a rally to demand a fair state budget that includes a millionaires tax, cuts corporate welfare, protects our health benefits and funds the pension and critical state services.  Your local is providing a bus to transport members to and from the rally.

BUS PICKUP LOCATIONS AND TIMES ARE:

CWA LOCAL 1014 - STAND UP! FIGHT BACK!

For several months NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney has been pushing a plan he calls the Path to Progress as a way to solve NJ's financial issues.  This plan should be called the Path to Poverty because is disproportionately places this burden on hardworking public sector workers.  In recent weeks Sweeney has introduced 27 bills in the NJ Legislature to implement this plan.  These bills, if enacted, would have devastating effects on the members of CWA 1014.  It is time to stand up and fight back!

CWA members from across the country this week attended the We the People membership summit, a gathering in Washington, D.C., of progressive organizations focusing on strategies to fight back against attacks on our democracy that aim to limit the participation of working people.

CWA Stewards from Locals across the state gathered in Atlantic City for training and inspiration in the union's drive for CWA Strong. The immediate goal is a campaign against State Senate President Steve Sweeney's latest attempt to destroy the current pension system for public workers in New Jersey. If successful, this would impact ALL public workers and retirees in the public worker pension system. 

Each year since 1997, the Local 1014 Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships at the Local's March General Membership Meeting. On March 28, 2019, it happened again at the Local's meeting in the Camden County Emergency Training Center in Blackwood. The fundraising efforts of the Local 1014 Scholarship and Golf Tourament Committees came to fruition in the awarding of twenty $500 scholarships to the sons and daughters of Local 1014 members. Since the establishment of the fund, over $228,000 in scholarships has been awarded.

At the CWA Local 1014 Board of Trustees Meeting on December 4, President Karl Walko announced his upcoming retirement, saying, "Effective July 1, 2019, I will resign as President of Local 1014. Vice President Pallante will take my place. I am grateful to Amber that she has accepted this new role.

CWA Local 1014 representatives in the City of Camden organized their first "Holiday Luncheon" funded by the contractual Health and Welfare contribution from the City. The contribution is directed primarily to fund City workers Vision Benefit; however, a sufficient amount remained to provide for a very successful event. Luncheons were held in City Hall, Public Works and HHS.

Great job City reps!

Each December, Local 1014 selects one of its members as its “Member of the Year”. The Member of the Year award was created to recognize individuals who made an exceptional effort to improve their work place or to support fellow members. Our intent is to spotlight their service as an example for others. The selection is made by the Local 1014 Officers.

Local 1014 President Walko addressed City Council as they introduced the City's Municipal Budget on November 2:

Local 1014 last met with the City Administration at the table in early June. We have not received a written proposal from the City to date. We have asked and asked for the written proposal, so we can pass it along to members and fully consider our response. We ask for Council’s help in getting the negotiations back on track.

Two long-time officers of Local 1014 recently retired from their position with the union as well as their position with their employer.

In the only contested positions in Local 1014's Board of Trustees election on October 23, Joe Norman and Joe Calce scored a victory over incumbent Mike Tacconelli for the two trustee positions for the Gloucester Township Public Works Unit. The other incumbent trustee, Domenic Martino, declined to run for reelection due to family issues. The new Board members will serve two-year terms and will be up for reelection in 2020. 

In a District 3 Congressional race decided by a few thousand votes, the assistance of CWA locals, including Local 1014, proved critical for winner Andy Kim. CWA members showed up in force on the six Saturdays leading up to the election, visiting thousands of union households throughout Burlington County. Their message--GOP incumbent Tom MacArthur regularly votes against working families and Democrat Andy Kim promises to support labor and the issues important to working families.

Thanks to broad participation by Local 1014 members and the local community and the hard work of the organizing committee, this year’s Dunn Golf Tournament earned a profit of $13,312 for the Local’s scholarship fund. Scholarships are awarded annually in March to graduating high school senior who are the sons or daughters of Local 1014 members. Last March, the Local 1014 Scholarship Fund awarded eighteen $500 scholarships. Since its inception in 1997, the Fund has awarded over $227,000 in scholarships.

How can unions help create a social movement to take on Wall Street’s economic and political dominance?

That’s the question that the Communications Workers (CWA) are tackling with labor educator Les Leopold. The training program they’ve put together, based on his book Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice, has already reached hundreds of union members and community activists in a dozen states—where it’s getting rave reviews and helping fuel the growth of local coalitions.

There’s a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box, and what the union fights for and wins at the bargaining table can be taken away in the legislative halls. – Walter Reuther

On August 14 at the Pennsauken Country Club, Local 1014 held its annual all-day training session for member representatives. This year’s event focused on the writing of grievances for success, approaching new workers, keeping members informed, the impact of the Janus decision, organizing co-workers through the contract negotiations process, the current political environment and its impact on Local 1014 and its members and, last but not least, reaching out to members under 35 years old as part of the CWA’s Next Gen program.

Local 1014 shared the 2018 District One COPE (Committee on Political Education) award with Locals 1038, 1040 and 1084 for the 'Camden Workers Rising" program and our direct collective action in the fight for a $15/hour minimum rate for Camden County Library workers. Library workers who were making as little as $8.92/hour before the contract settlement last year will make $15/hour starting in January 2019.

When Local 1014 Vice President Leah Hicks completed her last term and retired last October, President Karl Walko asked Amber to run for Vice President on his slate. He knew, from the campaign at the Library, she had what it took to be a union leader. Amber and the entire slate were elected without opposition.

In a May 10 morning break-time rally with the theme "Camden Workers Rising", members of CWA Local 1014 and 1084 joined together in support of their negotiating teams. The Local 1084 contract with the Camden County Board of Social Services and the Local 1014 contracts with the City of Camden expired on 12/31/17. The rally, held outside City Hall and the Board of Social Services offices in downtown Camden, brought workers from the City and County together. Together they chanted "Who Are We?, Workers Rising".

Each year, Local 1014 awards scholarships to high school seniors pursuing advanced education (college or technical school) who are the son or daughter of a Local 1014 member. This year's scholarship recipients were acknowledged at the union's March 27 General Membership Meeting. Eighteen students each received a $500 scholarship. In addressing the parents and students, Scholarship Committee Chair Valerie Castagna noted that, as in the past sixteen years, each eligible applicant received a $500 scholarship from the Local.

Local 1014 represented workers in Pine Hill Borough ratified a new four-year contract on March 6, which included raises of $0.60 per hour in each of the years. The negotiations proved difficult because of the determination of the Borough to reduce the number of holidays. A state appointed mediator met with both sides on March 2 with the result being an agreement that included the elimination of two holidays (Easter Monday and Election Day) in exchange for pay increases that average roughly 3% per year or 12% over the life of the contract.

The administrative, clerical workers, Pre-K teachers and recreation center employees represented by Local 1014 in Gloucester Township voted on a tentative contract agreement on February 22. The agreement between the union and the Township, which was ratified 47 to 4, included increases of $350/year (to offset the last year of the Chapter 78 employee health contribution phase-in), plus 2% for full-time workers. In 2018, most members of the unit received a $1.25/hour increase, plus 2%. And in the last year (2019), workers received a 2% increase.

On February 7 and 8, the approximately sixty Winslow Township workers represented by Local 1014 voted on a three-year agreement with their employer covering 2017-2019. The agreement includes 2% increases in each of the years and an understanding that the Township will amend its residency policy to allow bargaining unit members with five years of service to move out of the Township.

CWA Local 1014 President Karl Walko spoke about his feelings for retiring Vice President Leah Hicks at the annual Local 1014 Board of Trustees Dinner:

"How do you express your feelings about someone with whom you worked closely through many highs and lows for over twenty years? Let me start with RESPECT!

At the December 5, Local 1014 Board of Trustees Meeting/Holiday Dinner, City of Camden Non-Supervisory Unit Trustee Barbara Bellamy-Johnson was named "Local 1014 Member of the Year". In presenting the award, Local 1014 President Karl Walko stated, "Each year at this time, Local 1014 selects one of its members as its “Member of the Year”. The Member of the Year award was created to recognize individuals who made an exceptional effort to improve their work place or to support fellow members. Our intent is to spotlight their service as an example for others.

(Voorhees-11/3/17) The CWA Local 1014 Library Support Unit overwhelmingly ratified their tentative agreement with the Camden County Library System in a vote held on November 1 and 2. The agreement must be approved by the Library Commission on November 14 before becoming official. Approval is expected. The ratification caps an almost two-year campaign by Local 1014 members to increase the minimum rate for bargaining unit workers from $8.92 to $15 per hour. As of 2019, all bargaining unit workers will make at least $15 per hour.

Family and CWA friends attended Local 1014 V.P. Leah Hicks' retirement party on October 20 at Maggiano's in Cherry Hill. Attending were Leah's children Alicia and Kent and their significant others as well as Leah's friends in the union. Thank you Leah for the many years of service to CWA Local 1014 / Council #10.

(Camden) Updated 11/8/17-An October 21 Labor walk by the Camden County CWA Coalition (Locals 1014, 1038, 1040 and 1084, plus 1036 and 1085) and a bigger Get Out the Vote effort on Election Day, in which CWA members visited all CWA households in Camden County, helped get Democrat Phil Murphy elected as our next Governor. The participants met at the Local 1084 hall in Camden and spread out throughout Camden County to ensure that the vote of union members was maximized. Congratulations to those who participated on helping with this big win.

Camden ( Updated 10/27/17) - The City of Camden City Council approved the layoff of all City Public Safety Telecommunicators (PSTs) effective December 31 at special meeting on October 14. Camden County will take over the service on January 1. PSTs explained what the layoff would mean to their families and described the past service to the City and its residents. Several of the PSTs informed Council that they had applied for a position with Camden County but had been denied a job after failing a test designed for new PSTs.

Camden (10/9/17) - A hearing examiner for the N.J. Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) found the Camden County Library Commission in violation of the N.J. Employer-Employee Relations Act (NJEERA) when it barred CWA Local 1014 represented Library employees from wearing union t-shirts at work.  

Pennsauken (10/2/17) - The 2017 Henry J. Dunn III Scholarship Golf Tournament, held on September 21, 2017 at the Pennsauken Country Club in Pennsauken, NJ, raised $10,056 for the union’s scholarship fund.  The tournament is the primary source of revenue for the Local’s Scholarship Fund.  The tournament is named after former President Henry J. Dunn III, who passed away in 2001. The event includes both the golf tournament and a dinner/auction. 

Camden (10/2/17) - Members of the CWA Local 1014 Prosecutor’s Office Unit ratified a new contract covering 2017-2020 on September 26. The contract includes increases of $1,000 per year for workers hired after wage scale steps were eliminated for new workers. The $1,000 represents an increase which averages approximately 2.7% per year for most of those workers. Workers on steps receive a step increase (5%) every other year. Employees at or above the top step receive 2% increases per year.

Camden (9/27/17) - Local 1014 President Karl Walko was nominated, without opposition, for a new term at the Local’s September 28 meeting. Vice President Leah Hicks, retiring at the end of her current term, will be replaced by Amber Pallante, currently representing the Camden County Library Support Staff bargaining unit on Local’s trustee board. Pallante and other current officers were also nominated, without opposition.

Camden  (9/26/17) - The City of Camden Parking Authority supervisory and non-supervisory CWA Local 1014 workers recently ratified new agreements covering 2016 through 2020 with their employer. The new agreements were approved by the Parking Authority Board of Commissioners on September 27. The non-supervisory agreement included increases in wages totaling 13% over the five years. The supervisory agreement included increases in wages totaling 12.25% over the five years. Both agreements included no concessions in benefits. The contracts cover 26 union members.

Gloucester Township (7/10/17) - On July 20, union members in the Gloucester Township Public Works Unit ratified a new three-agreement with the Township covering 2017-2019. The agreement includes and increase of 2% each year plus an additional increase in the first year which offsets the 2017 increase in workers' premium contributions for health care. The state-mandated Chapter 78 premium contributions were phased in during 2014-2017.

Gloucester Township (7/10/17) - Local 1014's Gloucester Townshp Supervisory bargaining unit approved a three-year contract (2017-2019), 10 yes and 1 no, covering fifteen white and blue collar supervisors. The contract includes wage increases of 2% plus an additional flat amount to offset the increase in health insurance premium contributions in year 4 of the four-year Chapter 78 required phase-in for most employees. Administrative supervisors received an adjustment in the first year and 2% increases in year 2 and 3.

Trenton (6/6/17) - CWA District 1 has endorsed Phil Murphy for Governor in the June 6 Democratic Primary. In the City of Camden primary election for Democratic mayoral candidate, CWA endorsed Frank Moran.

In addition to the above, City Council Candidates Tracey Hall Cooper, Namibia El and Curtis Jenkins were endorsed.

Voorhees Township (4/13/17) - Camden County Library System Support Staff—members of CWA Local 1014— and Librarians— members of AFSCME NJ fight for $15 in Camden County. These bargaining units are overwhelmingly female and they are the lowest-paid County workers, while the library is the highest-rated County service.

Davis VisionCamden (3/31/17) - Local 1014 members receiving vision benefit coverage through the union will be pleased by our switch to Davis Vision, effective April 1, 2017.

Davis Vision offers free exclusive collection frames, lower member out-of-pocket, value added benefits and fixed lens pricing.

2017 Scholarship Recipients with ParentsGloucester Township (3/30/17) - At the March 28, 2017 General Membership Meeting, Local 1014 awarded eighteen $500 scholarships to children of Local 1014 members graduating from High School in 2017 (

Camden (3/2/17) - Pussy HatThe pink knit "pussy" hats worn by participants at the Women's March on Washington in January are now available in the Local 1014 office and at Local 1014 meetings for $5. Stop by the Local 1014 office or contact your union representative to purchase a hat!

Evesham Township (2/7/17) - CWA members and health care advocates stood up for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or "Obamacare" by taking the fight to save health care to the district offices of Republican Congress members across New Jersey. Each Wednesday throughout February and March, CWA along with partner organizations in the NJ for Health Care coalition coordinated vigils outside the district offices of New Jersey’s five Republican Congressmen to generate grassroots pressure on them to oppose the repeal of the ACA without replacement.

Washington, DC (2/7/17) - More than 1,000 CWA women and men came to Washington, D.C., last Saturday to stand up for justice and dignity for all and to protect our rights. They joined a crowd that grew to half a million people, who rallied near the U.S. Capitol then marched to the White House. Many thousands more joined marches in their own cities.

As buses rolled into CWA headquarters, CWA President Chris Shelton, Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens, and AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson greeted the riders, many of whom left their homes just after midnight.

Camden (2/7/17) - Local 1014 members in the Camden County Prosecutor's Office joined together as testimony to their solidarity in the current contract negotiations with the Prosecutor. The Unit's contract expired on December 31, 2016. Negotiations are ongoing.

Murphy’s Progressive Vision For NJ’s Working Families Makes Him Best Candidate

PRESS RELEASE 12/14/16 BY CWA DISTRICT 1

(NEWARK, NEW JERSEY) – Today, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) enthusiastically endorsed Phil Murphy for Governor in the Democratic Primary. According to CWA Locals and Members, Murphy is the best candidate – because he shares their progressive values and fights for New Jersey’s middle-class and working families.

Pennsauken (10/31/16) - The CWA Camden County Coalition held its third annual Steward Seminar at Pennsauken Country Club on October 26. Approximately 75 stewards, trustees and officers from CWA Local 1014 (county and municipal workers in Camden County), 1038 (state, local government and private sector workers), 1079 (Camden School District workers) and 1084 (Camden Board of Social Services workers) attended the day’s events. Here’s a summary of the day and further information.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On Thursday morning, Senator Sweeney held a press conference in which he said that he would not post the Constitutional Amendment for a final vote in the Senate, the last step necessary to place the question on the ballot in November. His stated reason was that he is one or two votes short of a veto-proof majority on a bill to fund the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).

Notice of General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 7:00pm

Camden County Emergency Training Center, Lakeland Complex, Blackwood, NJ

 

At a State Investment Council meeting in late May, Labor Representatives attempted to pass a motion reducing the funds invested in hedge funds to no more than 4% of the pension portfolio—down from 12.5%. The change would save the fund hundreds of millions of dollars in fees. The return for these investments has been extremely poor for several years causing the pension funds in other states, including California, New York, Illinois and Nevada to divest completely from hedge funds.

CWA President Chris Shelton kicked off the conference with a rousing speech, stressing that "these are movement times, times when the fight for fundamental change in our system is on, and all of us must join." He commended CWA members for their victory at Verizon: "They showed the entire labor movement and all of America that when workers stick together and fight, 'there is no greater power anywhere beneath the sun!'" He also spoke about the presidential race and labor's fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Verizon workers along the East Coast overwhelmingly voted to ratify new contracts that were negotiated following a historic 45-day strike by nearly 40,000 workers.

Voting separately, CWA members in the New York-New England region (CWA District 1) and the mid-Atlantic (CWA District 2-13) and in New Jersey overwhelmingly ratified four-year contracts.

Workers represented by IBEW Locals 827 (mid-Atlantic) and 2213, New York, and T6 in New England also overwhelmingly ratified the contracts.