CWA Local 1088


 We will be holding nominations for every position on the Executive Board on Thursday, September 28, 2017 5:30PM at the Freeholder's Board Meeting Room #19
                                                         First Floor Administration Building
                                                         101 Hooper Ave
                                                          Toms River NJ 08753
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Budget Deal Reached, State Shutdown to End

State government services are set to resume for the 4th of July (parks and beaches open, offices are off for the holiday.) Thank you to all those willing to picket and those who worked to get information to everyone who needed it. Whether the contingencies of this budget deal are good for NJ is yet to be seen, but thousands of state workers should be headed back to work on Wednesday.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

 Since both houses of the legislature and the governor could not agree on a budget, the NJ state government shutdown at 12:01 on July 1, 2017.  What does this mean for state employees?  Read more >>>

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!!!

 We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day! We honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to grant and protect our freedom.  In order to preserve their remembrance the office will be closed Monday and office hours will be moved to Tuesday, May 30th 5-7pm.  


 We will be holding our monthy membership meeting this Thursday, May 18th 5:15 pm at the Union Office (35 Beaverson Blvd Unit 3C Brick NJ 08723.)  At this meeting, OCBSS members in good standing are able to vote for their Chapter Vice President, whose nominations were taken at the April membership meeting.  Members will be able to vote prior to the membership meeting and then we will conduct the membership meeting where we will discuss upcoming events, trainings, and workplace issues.   Read more >>>

Shop Steward Training Monday June 5, 2017 5:30

 We will be holding an introductory Shop Steward Training Monday June 5, 2017 5:30 PM at the Local Office (35 Beaverson Blvd Unit 3C Brick 08723.)  We will be joined by our National Staff Rep so come out and be informed! Dinner will be served, so hunger is not an excuse to skip.   

 CWA Local 1088 has a Relay for Life Team for the upcoming event on June 9, 2017 at Toms River High School North!!! We are excited so join us/and or donate today! Read more >>>

 Although the initial action to repeal the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare failed, those seeking its repeal have not ceased their efforts.  One of the legislators leading the latest attack is New Jersey's own Tom McArthur.  Don't worry, there is still time (which is running out) to let him know where the working class stands on the issue.  

Office Hours Moved to Tuesday 4/25/17

 Instead of the office being open Monday, April 24, 2017 from 5-7, the office will be open Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5-7.  If you are having workplace issues that require attention/research or wish to learn more about how you can become involved with the Local, feel free to stop by on Tuesday, a change affecting this week only.

 In a precedent setting settlement reached at the Public Employment Relations Commission, CWA Local 1088 forced Lacey Township to acknowledge it violated the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act.   Read more >>>

April Membership Meeting

 We will be holding our April Membership Meeting this Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:15 pm at 35 Beaverson Blvd Unit 3C Brick 08723.  Besides discussing workplace issues and upcoming events, we will be taking nominations for the OCBSS Chapter Vice President.  Nominees must be members of CWA Local 1088 in good standing as well as employees of OCBSS.  We will be serving pizza and awarding a $25 Shoprite giftcard to a lucky attendee. Hope to see you there!

Nominations for Chapter Vice President- Ocean County Board of Social Services

 First off, thank you so much Debbi for all your great work as Chapter VP!

We will be taking nominations for the position of Chapter Vice President- Ocean County Board of Social Services at our April Membership Meeting Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:15 pm at the Union Office (35 Beaverson Blvd Unit 3C Brick 08723.)  Nominations will be taken for OCBSS members in good standing.  

 The threat to affordable healthcare and jobs has cleared its first hurdle by passing the House of Representatives Committee.  The first step to repealing "Obamacare" aka the Affordable Care Act and replacing it the Republican's plan has come to fruition. We have the impact on health insurance and jobs summarized for you as well as how to fight this attack on basic human rights.   Read more >>>

March 2017 Members' Meeting

 Our monthly General Membership Meeting will be held this Thursday, March 16 5:15 pm at 35 Beaverson Blvd Unit 3C Brick 08723.  We will be discussing workplace issues, upcoming trainings/events, and signing up members who are interested in our committees.  Right now we need members interested in our Election Committee, Social Event Committee, and Community Outreach Committee to sign up at membership meetings, or if you are unavailable that date, you can email Mary Tarditi at  Don't forget pizza will be served and you are entered to win a $25 Shoprite Giftcard for attending!  Hope to see you there!

NJ Gubernatorial Candidates' Positions on Pension System

 Each candidate who has made his/her intention to run for NJ governor clear, has also provided his/her solutions to NJ's pension system problem.  With the exception of LT Gov Kim Guadagno, whose proposal is "forthcoming," these proposed solutions give a lot of insight as to how these candidates value the dedicated years of service state/county/municipal workers have given.  For the full article:

"Right To Less" Nationwide Is One Step Closer

 Congress has introduced a bill that would make "Right to Work" the new norm nationwide.  "Right to Work" laws would make agency fee a thing of the past, and would make the Union represent employees without employees paying their fair share for that representation.  But we will be fighting through this.  Check out Labor Notes strategies for succeeding despite Right to Work  

How to Contact Your State and National Congressional Leaders

 Worried about the direction this state/country is taking?  Activists are becoming involved in all issues regarding the Immigration Ban, the proposed wall, Women's Rights, and Healthcare.  If you cannot get out there and march, you can still be heard.  

For State legislators, here is the webiste to find out who represents you by district.  Just find the town you live in and the corresponding district and click for senators/assemblymen.  Their contact information comes right up so you can easily write or call to voice your opinons.

For national legislators click here  Again just click on the corresponding legislator you wish to call/write and their contact information should populate. 

 If Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, it is estimated that millions would instantly lose health coverage and millions would lose jobs.  But you can keep this from happening by getting involved now.   Read more >>>

A message from New Jersey Retired Public Employees Organization:


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CWA fighting for Healthcare

 CWA is rallying alongside other unions and the community to save the Affordable Care Act from recent efforst to repeal the legislation. Healthcare is at risk for over million New Jerseyans, and many more nationwide.  We must fight to protect the very basic rights to affordable healthcare.  Read more:

CWA endorses NJ Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Murphy

 CWA has announced its endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy.  Read about the endorsement and qualities of the candidate here

Next Membership Meeting Thursday February 16, 2017

 Hope to see you at our next membership meeting, Thursday February 16, 2017 5:15 pm at the Union Office (35 Beaverson Blvd Unit 3C Brick NJ 08723.) We will be discussing workplace issues, how to get involved in political/legistlative issues and the community.  Pizza will be served as well.  

 CWA Local 1088 is selling shirts to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer! 

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