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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.

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.