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Bargaining Updates & Victories, March 2024

Local 1032 - NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency - VICTORY!

160 workers at the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency are celebrating a contract win this month! These CWA Local 1032 members won raises of up to 26.5% over the life of the 4-year contract. Members reported feeling informed, involved, united, and powerful during this contract campaign.

Local 1037 - Passaic County Board of Social Services (PCBSS)  - VICTORY!

On March 12th, PCBSS workers voted unanimously to ratify their new contract. A tentative agreement was reached the prior week after two years of tough negotiations that saw workers mobilizing via rallies, pickets, petitions, and more.

Read more about the PCBSS contract victory here.

Local 1104 - Fordham University - MAJOR ACTION!

As part of an escalating pressure campaign to win their first union contract, more than 100 CWA Local 1104 members at Fordham University along with other 1104 members, CWA 1101 members, and local elected leaders picketed last night outside of the University’s annual Founders’ Dinner, a major donor event. 

Fordham donors, who spent anywhere from $500 to $75,000 to attend the dinner, were forced to walk through a cacophony of chanting and demands for liveable wages.

“Fordham workers can’t pay rent,” members chanted as they handed out flyers detailing the tough bargaining and lack of compromise from the administration. “Where is donors’ money spent?” 

Graduate workers at Fordham University have been bargaining a first contract as members of CWA Local 1104 for over 18 months. Bargaining has dragged on thanks to union busting tactics from the University’s administration, and CWA has filed four active unfair labor practice charges against Fordham with the National Labor Relations Board, including charges related to the administration’s misconduct at the bargaining table as well as interference with, restraining, and coercing workers engaged in protected concerted activity. 

“We’re gonna keep fighting like hell,” said Local 1104 President Mike Ippoliti, speaking to the huge crowd of members and supporters. “We’re back at the table Friday, and we got a lot of work to do because when we fight, we win! We’re not going away. We can bend, but we ain’t gonna damn break!”