CWA Addresses Coronavirus Outbreak | Communications Workers of America

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect communities across the globe, CWA leaders are engaging with employers to ensure that they are providing CWA members with comprehensive safety and prevention measures in an environment that encourages open and free communication without fear of reprisal or negative impacts on pay or continued employment.

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CWA’s Health and Safety department has established a process for locals to report on what protections employers have put in place as well as for members to report any incidents of exposure or infection. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with infection, please contact your CWA Local or District immediately.

Local health and safety committees are also sharing information with members on protocols for avoiding infection at their workplaces.

These resources provide more information on how to protect yourself from coronavirus infection, what to do if you are sick, and how to address the risk of infection in your workplace:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019
Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 Hazard Recognition
AFL-CIO Coronavirus Resources
eNewsletter Issue: 
Mar 5, 2020 – CWA Addresses Coronavirus Outbreak
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Discrimination and Harassment Survey

The CWA Local 1033 Education and Equity Committee mission is to educate and inspire members of all genders, religions, sexual orientations, ages, and those with disabilities, to give our members a voice, to know their rights and to put a stop to discrimination and harassment in the workplace and in society.


This survey is available to CWA Local 1033 members who are being discriminated or harassed at the workplace.

The survey answers will be sent to Regina M. Jackson, chair of the Education & Equity committee.

Members can also contact us.



U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission – Discrimination by Type

State of New Jersey – Division of Civil Rights – Employment Discrimination

New Jersey Civil Service Commission – Laws Prohibiting Employment Discrimination

CWA Local 1033 Grievance Information

CWA and the State of New Jersey Contract July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2023


July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2023 Contract

CWA Communications Workers of American and the State of New Jersey July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2023 Contract. Administrative/Clerical Unit, Professional Unit, Higher Level Supervisory Unit, Higher Level Supervisory Unit

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2020 COVID-19 No Layoff Agreement Documents



Salary Schedule:

Salary Schedule for the following Bargaining Units: 

Administrative/Clerical Unit (A)

Professional Unit (P)

Primary Supervisory Unit (R)

Higher Level Supervisory Unit (S)

Click here to view the Salary Schedules

Unit Title Lists

Administrative and Clerical Services Unit Titles

Professional Unit Titles

Primary Level Supervisors Unit Titles

Higher Level Supervisors Unit Titles

YOUR CONTRACT:  Protection from Unfair Treatment

Our CWA contracts spell out grievance procedures that protect us from unfair firings, arbitrary treatment, and favoritism in the handling of promotions, layoffs, scheduling, work assignments, and other issues.

We are entitled to a hearing with representation from CWA if we are unfairly treated.

If the employer and grievant are unable to reach a resolution, our case can be decided by a neutral, third-party arbitrator. Arbitration provisions help guarantee due process and fair treatment — and it prevents employers from having the final say.

Our contract establishes rights, wages and benefits that cannot be changed by management without negotiating with us and our elected union representatives.

CWA members determine the bargaining priorities.

CWA contracts typically guarantee:

•Pay levels and increases.


•Employment security with layoff protections.

•Fair treatment on the job.

•Due process during disciplinary actions.

•Retirement benefits.

•Paid time off for vacations and holidays.

•Medical coverage and sick pay.

•Protection against health and safety hazards.

•Training opportunities to help us develop skills for the future.

State of New Jersey 2020 Payroll Calendar

General Membership Meeting January 30, 2020

Join the CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting January 30, 2020 at the Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton. Meeting starts at 4:30 PM. Dinner will be served.

Education & Equity Meeting 2/6/2020

Education & Equity Committee Meeting

February 6, 2020 – 5:00 PM

CWA Local 1033 321 W. State St., Trenton

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CWA 1033 Holiday Party Dec. 19th – Join Us!

The CWA Local 1033 Members & Retirees Holiday Party will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Cooper’s Riverview Restaurant from 4:30 – 9:30PM. Tickets are $5.00 for Local 1033 Members/Retirees and $35 for Guests. (Limit 1 guest per member)

Tickets available at the Local Monday through Friday from 8:30AM – 5:00PM starting Nov. 22

No tickets will be sold after 6pm Monday December 16th.

CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting Nov. 21st 4:30PM @ War Memorial Building

Come to the CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting Thursday Nov. 21, 2019 at the Trenton War Memorial Building.

Turkey dinner served at 4:30PM

Meeting at 5:00PM

As the holidays approach, the Social Activities/Civic Duties Committee is holding a Food Drive to help those less fortunate in our communities. You can help make this Food Drive a success by bringing a non-perishable food item with you to the meeting. All donations are greatly appreciated.

CWA Local 1033 Education & Equity Committee Meeting 11/26 at 5:00 PM

CWA Local 1033 Education & Equity Committee Meeting will be held on November 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM at the local headquarters, 321 West State Street Trenton, NJ. Join us!

If attending, please RSVP by 11/25 to

Thank you!

State Health Aetna Members Must Switch but CWA Negotiated Strong Options – What You Need to Know

State Health Aetna Members Must Switch but CWA Negotiated Strong Options 

Starting in January 2020, Aetna will NO longer provide plans through the NJ State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) medical plan for active employees and early retirees.   SHBP recently rebid the medical contract for active members and early retirees; Horizon’s price and presentation were deemed superior — they will be the sole carrier for SHBP active employees and early retirees. Aetna will continue to provide the Medicare Advantage and Dental Expense plans.

This means that anyone in an Aetna PPO (Freedom), HMO, tiered network (Liberty), or high deductible plan will need to switch to a Horizon plan during the October open enrollment.

The plan design (coverage, copays, deductibles) for the Aetna options is identical to the plan design for the Horizon equivalent.  However, there can be significant differences in networks particularly in certain geographic areas and for Tier One of the Tiered network plans (Aetna Liberty; Horizon Omnia.)

Current  Aetna members living out-of-state should understand that while Horizon directly contracts with a limited number of out-of-state providers they will have access to the robust networks of local Blue Cross affiliates like Independence Blue Cross in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Empire Blue Cross in New York through the Blue Card program.


Aetna Members in PPO (Freedom) Plans

Since the Horizon and Aetna PPO (Freedom, Freedom 10, 15, 15/25, etc) plans have a huge overlap of providers, most Aetna PPO members will see little change in switching to the Horizon equivalent plan.  For instance, all acute care hospitals in New Jersey, NYC, and Philly are in-network with Horizon.  However, there are some medical practices and specialty providers (mental health, physical therapy, chiropractic, etc) that are not in the Horizon network.

To find out whether your regular provider is in the Horizon network check the Horizon website and contact your provider to confirm as insurance company lists of participating providers are often out of date.

Aetna HMO Members

Members in the Aetna HMO should seriously consider switching to the CWA Unity PPO plan for the following reasons:

  • It is likely that your Aetna Primary Care Provider (PCP) will not be a Horizon PCP,
  • The Horizon HMO is geographically limited to New Jersey and surrounding Pennsylvania and New York counties,
  • You will have an out-of-network option you do not have now,
  • You will now be able to join a Direct Primary Care practice (R-Health and Paladina) and never pay anything for primary care,
  • It will cost less.  The CWA Unity PPO/NJ Direct plan for CWA, AFSCME, and IFPTE members includes significant savings in payroll health contribution deductions ranging from $330 to over $1500 a year depending on income and coverage type.


Aetna Tiered Network (Liberty) Members

Aetna Liberty members should carefully review the Horizon Omnia (tiered network plan) tier one providers as going to tier two providers, even though they are considered in-network, is expensive.

There are some areas like Middlesex where Horizon has a strong tier one provider network but others such as Mercer and Burlington where there are gaps.  Check the Horizon list of tier one providers and confirm this with your regular professional providers.


Union Action

Without our union, Steve Sweeney would have forced a high deductible plan on us all.  The Direct Primary Care initiative (no copays), lower healthcare contributions (payroll deductions,)  the $1000 bonus for joining the Omnia tiered network for a year, and the new zero copay for mail order generic drugs for active members (effective November 1) are the result when we join together in union.

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