May 20, 2016
The Mid-Atlantic and North Bargaining teams , IBEW and CWA, continue to bargain in Washington DC. with oversight of Department of Labor Secretary Perez and a federal mediator. Under the terms of the agreement, neither side will make public comments.
Members are receiving notification that unemployment claims in NJ are being denied in bulk under the labor dispute rule which states in part that if a business has been substantially curtailed, unemployment claims will be denied. Our attorneys will be filing a class appeal. Be sure to send your information regarding your denial to firstname.lastname@example.org, information is available on our web.
In The Hudson Unit approximately 500 members marched across the George Washington Bridge today. It was a beautiful sight to see hundreds of Union men and women proudly walking in a sea of red, what a great afternoon! The march was followed by a BBQ for the picketers. Special thanks to Business Agent Tom Kelly, Chief Stewards Pat Glover, Andy Newman and all of our strong union members.
There are several great stories to share out of the Raritan Unit. Our brothers in PSE&G dropped off Wawa gift cards to members picketing the North Brunswick VZ Wireless store. Thanks to the local department of public works workers whoalso had cases of water dropped off at this location. In the South Plainfield VZ wireless store members of the Painter’s union, IUPAT helped out in solidarity and helped with picketing. We are truly grateful for our brother’s help on the picket line and for providing a delicious lunch as well. In New Brunswick, CWA Local 1037 took some time to help us mobile picket some scabs replacing a pole. Hopelawn has also felt the generosity of the community. Many people stopped by to show support and drop off food and water. One gentleman, Bill Rosko, has touched the hearts of our Woodbridge picketers in particular and we send a special thanks to Bill. Last but not least Senator Joe Vitale and Congressmen Frank Pallone stopped by Woodbridge CO and picketed with us. Senator Vitale is the sponsor of the Unemployment for Strikers in the senate. We thank him for stand with us and look forward to this Bill moving quickly to a vote. This is in addition to the countless other Union’s and affiliates that have provided the Raritan unit with food, water and made their facilities available to our members.
These are the stories of hard working Union members and the community caring for each other. You will not hear similar stories of corporations coming to the aid of each other. That is the difference between Us and Them. Continue to care for your brothers and sisters as we continue to fight for a fair contract.
Remember …..NO CONTRACT—NO PEACE!
Be Safe--Be Union-- Be Strong