CWA stages day of action against Christie civil service plan

Members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) today will protest what they say is Governor Chris Christie’s wrongheaded plan to overhaul Civil Service, including the elimination of the current system of merit-based promotions.

At workplace pickets throughout the state, CWA members will speak out against Christie’s plot to “broad band” titles  – which they say would hurt hundreds of thousands of workers, as well as expose every single New Jerseyan to higher taxes due to corruption, cronyism, and patronage.  According to the CWA, “Christie’s proposal will eliminate most competitive promotions and open the door to a flood of favoritism, nepotism and discrimination. The plan is a wholesale attack on New Jersey’s working families, women, the disabled and people of color.  Moreover, it will entirely eliminate veterans’ preference in hiring and promotions.”

“This latest Christie scheme to gut Civil Service will create more patronage and corruption at all levels by putting every single advancement at the mercy of political pressure,” said Hetty Rosenstein, CWA NJ State Director. “We’re holding pickets in municipalities throughout New Jersey to highlight how both state and local government will be harmed. This proposal unfairly rigs the rules so those who buy influence or enjoy special connections can get ahead…while disabled workers, LGBT workers, women, workers of color, older workers, and veterans will all have a major barrier to discrimination destroyed and the public will be harmed.”

CWA Protests will be at the following locations: Noon-1 p.m.

Trenton Area:

Department of Labor, 1 John Fitch Parkway

Civil Service Commission, 44 South Clinton Street

Department of Banking and Insurance, corner of Warren and West State

Department of Environmental Protection, 401 E State St

Department of Health and Agriculture, 369 S. Warren St.

Central Jersey:

342 Westminster Ave, Elizabeth

181 Howe Lane, New Brunswick

200 West 2nd Street, Plainfield

North Jersey:

650 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield

125 State Street, Hackensack

50-58 Burnett Ave, Maplewood

124 & 153 Halsey Street, Newark

100 Hamilton Plaza, Patterson

South Jersey:

101 Haddon Ave, Camden NJ

215 Crown Point Rd, Thorofare, NJ

1601 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City

"Sit down and shut up!"
—Gov. Chris Christie, to a Hurricane Sandy heckler