CWA NJ Newsletter March 21st

From working to stop Verizon from hurting small businesses to working to stop Governor Christie from closing developmental centers, this is some of the work CWA members have been up to this week.

When it Comes to Corruption, Christie Says One Thing, Does Another

By now we've all heard the narrative Chris Christie wants us to believe: He's a tough-minded reformer who wants to crack down on corruption and stop abuses of public money.  Christie made a living on the campaign trail talking about getting tough on corrupt public officials and kicking them off government payrolls.  And on that account, I fully agree.  Corrupt officials make things incredibly difficult for the vast majority of public workers who play by the rules.

Christie Approval Drops 20 Points Since Unveiling of Budget

The more New Jerseyans learn about the budget Chris Christie has unveiled, the less they approve of the job he is doing.  In the month since Governor Christie has introduced his budget, his net approval ratings have dropped 20 points. 

CWA Prepares Information on Pensions and Health Benefits Changes

Last Monday, three bills making changes to the New Jersey Public Employees Retirement System and the State Health Benefits Plan were signed into law.  The bills, which are an attack on the ability of public sector unions to collectively bargain for working conditions and wages and benefits, were passed over the strong objection of CWA and our allies on the public sector.


Obama Signs Final Health Care Provisions Into Law

President Barack Obama signed the final pieces of the health insurance reform package into law today, making permanent a few improvements to the bill passed earlier this week. 

The improvements will ensure middle class families are not hurt by the provision designed to tax "Cadillac" health plans, and takes federal funding for some college scholarship programs away from commercial banks and focusing it instead on new education initiatives. 

Obama Makes Recess Appointments of NLRB Nominees

President Obama made recess appointments of Craig Becker and Mark Pearce to the National Labor Relations Board over the weekend, ending months of partisan obstruction over the nominations.  CWA President Larry Cohen called the appointments "critical to removing a backlog of cases and bringing justice to our workplaces."