Rally behind Leah Coleman and her family. A fundraiser has been set up to support her and her family in this time of need.
On Monday, November 17, 2014, Leah Coleman, a Child Protective Services worker employed by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, was stabbed 21 times by a deranged client while at work. There was no security in the office. She was rescued by her co-workers - social workers and nurses - who not only stopped the assailant but helped to treat her as the workers waited for an ambulance.
Leah is still in critical condition, but she has gone through some surgery and she has been taken off life support. Leah is loved by her co-workers and family. She is a wonderful union sister and a member of our local.
Leah is a mother, a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter and a niece. She is surrounded by the love of her family, her friends and her union brothers and sisters.
We are collecting these funds to help Leah and her family while she recovers from this horrific tragedy.
All of the money will go towards Leah and her family.
Please click here to contribute.
For those of you who may not have heard, fellow CWA Local 1038 sister, Leah Coleman, was stabbed multiple times at her DCF office in Camden days after the Human Services police force was pulled from the site. She is in the hospital and we pray that she recovers quickly. This is a time where we need to band together in harmony to show our solidarity for one of our own.
For more on this tragic story, please click here for the article on NJ.com
Be alert for any updates.
Here are some of the election results from last night.
Cory Booker won against Jeff Bell for U.S. Senate.
Donald Norcross beat Garry Cobb for House of Representatives. Donald is the only Union Member in the United States Congress.
Bonnie Watson Coleman wins over Alieta Eck. Bonnie is the first African-American woman going to the United States Congress from New Jersey.
Both state public questions passed.
Yesterday, CWA 1038 OTC members rallied outside their workplace for a fair contract. Congressional District 3 candidate for House of Representatives Aimee Belgard talked about fairness on the job and recieveing fair pay for fair work. Freeholder candidates Mike Schmidt and Tom Pullion spoke in support of our brothers and sisters.
1038 members also spoke about their struggles on the job but have hope, that with their ambition, they will prevail with a good contract.
Thanks to an outpouring of community support, Paulette McQueen, a CWA Local 1037 in-home child care provider and shop steward, will be able to safely stay in her previously foreclosed home.
In June 2010, McQueen missed one mortgage payment to Wells Fargo. The very next month, she attempted to hand deliver two payments – one for the missed month and another for the current month – but the bank refused and began to foreclose on her Irvington home, where she works and lives with her family. A sheriff's sale was soon scheduled.
But CWA wasn't going to let that happen. The union partnered with NJ Communities United, Occupy Homes and the Home Defenders League to help McQueen and her family. Together they organized demonstrations, signed petitions and sent delegations to Wells Fargo.
CWA Local 1037 President Ken McNamara wrote in an op-ed today:
"The collective power of these organizations successfully stopped an impending sheriff's sale and won a trial mortgage-modification from Wells Fargo that has allowed Paulette and her family to stay in their home.
But after Paulette and her family met all the terms of the trial modification for the three-month period, Wells Fargo changed the terms of its own agreement and re-scheduled the sheriff's sale. After more negotiations, more public pressure, and the added weight of our national leaders at the Communications Workers of America, Wells Fargo finally signed a document guaranteeing a mortgage modification that keeps Paulette and her family safe in their home.
Despite this hard-won victory, the process raises an obvious question: If Wells Fargo agreed to a trial modification and Paulette complied with the terms, then how can Wells Fargo even consider not honoring its agreement with Paulette?
The answer is also obvious: because Wells Fargo has done this to struggling homeowners before, and gotten away with it.
Of course, it didn't have to be this way. McQueen's victory is bittersweet. McNamara concludes:
"Paulette and other homeowners like her should not have to wage this type of campaign to achieve justice, or in this case simple fairness and the rule of law. They should be able to rely on the legal system and regulatory agencies to protect their interests. Unfortunately the New Jersey attorney general's office doesn't consider families like Paulette's worthy of their attention."
With the election only days away, it is now time to walk the walk. The labor movement is counting on you to ensure that we elect all the endorsed Congressional candidates and 42 rank-and-file labor candidates. We are having labor walks each Saturday between 9:00 am - 12:00 noon and on election day, November 4th. Please fax this form to (609) 392-5582 (1038 office) if you would like to attend..
Click here for locations and to download the form.
CWA Local 1038, is making Aflac's insurance policies available to it's members! Aflac pays cash benefits directly to you (unless assigned), when you're sick or injured. You can use the cash to help cover expenses that major medical does not - like mortgage, groceries, or whatever you need. It's like a safety net for you and your family. Click here to visit Aflac's website for discounted rates.
National Voter Registration Day
On September 23, 2014, the National Voter Registration Day campaign will host events all over the country to register new voters. If you are not registered or have recently moved you may fill out a voter registration form below.
Not sure where to vote? Click here.
The deadline to register to vote in New Jersey is October 14, 2014.
The last day you may apply for a Vote By Mail ballot is October 28, 2014.
Christie's legal back flip on pensions - The Star Ledger
Port Authority cops told to 'shut up' about GWB lane closures - Steve Strunsky, The Star-Ledger
ACA coverage could fill insurance void for laid-off casino workers - Andrew Kitchenman, NJ Spotlight
Christie ships pension funds to Wall Street pals, and therein lies a story - The Star Ledger
2nd Bridge Inquiry Said to Be Linked to Christie - Matt Flegenheimer et al., New York Times
Gov’s Political Team Was In Contact With Pension Overseer - David Sirota, IBT Times
Christie's office billed $6.51 mil in legal fees related to GWB scandal - Michael Phillis, NorthJersey.com
CWA Local 1038 recently received the Global Solidarity Award along with the 2013 COPE Achievement Award. We had the largest increase of member sign ups to our Political Action Fund in New Jersey and in 1038 history. Our Local's continuous fight for working families is something we all should be proud of. We will continue those fights this upcoming year. I look foward to seeing all of you at our Union Picnic in Wildwood. Thank you for everyone's hard work and dedication to making our local as successful as it has become.
Chris Christie’s net approval rating hits 3-year low - Aliyah Frumin, MSNBC
Assembly will look at bill to req. companies offer paid sick days - Matt Friedman, The Star-Ledger
Obama signs VA bill to open outside care to veterans - Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times
One of our member's friend has entered the "Do Us A Flavor" contest for Lay's Potato Chips. Please vote for the Wasabi Ginger Flavor! Help out a fellow Jersey resident and show your support by voting here!