For the last several weeks, CWA members in New Jersey have been going all out to fight for the Responsible Collective Negotiations Act to strengthen workers’ bargaining rights. The act expands the scope of bargaining for state government workers beyond basic topics like wages and benefits, and stops state government management from imposing their version of a contract during bargaining with employees. It also allows unions to charge non-union members for the cost of arbitration.With time running out to get this bill passed, members send over 700 emails to their New Jersey State legislators, urging them to stand with workers and strengthen our collective bargaining rights. That hard work paid off on Monday, when legislators voted to PASS the Responsible Collective Negotiations Act in the Senate (23-14) and Assembly (49-27-1).
This is a huge win for our 30,000 State Worker members in New Jersey, and will have a big impact on our bargaining power going forward!