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December 27, 2010


Yvonne Davis, Director

Essex County Division of Welfare

18 Rector Street, Floor 9

Newark, NJ, 07102


Re: Step II Class Action Contractual Grievance

       County's Cold-Shoulder to Close County Offices

       Article I. Purpose

       Article VII. Discipline

       Article VIII. Holidays

       Article XXV. Non-Discrimination

       Article XLIX. Safety of Staff


Dear Ms. Davis:


CWA Local 1081 submits this Step II Contractual Grievance on behalf of our Union’s members to protest the County of Essex’s refusal to close its administrative offices in recognition of the severe snow squall that struck the State of New Jersey between December 26, 2010 and December 27, 2010.


The following is a press release was issued by Acting New Jersey Governor Sweeney:


December 26, 2010 - Acting Governor Sweeney Declares Statewide Weather State of Emergency



For Immediate Release:

Contact: Michael Drewniak
Kevin Roberts

Date: Sunday, December 26, 2010


Trenton, NJ - Acting Governor and Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney today signed an order declaring a state of emergency throughout New Jersey due to the dangerous snow conditions. He released the following statement:

"The first action I took as Acting Governor was to receive a complete briefing on the state's storm preparations from the State Police, the Commissioner of Transportation and the Governor's Chief of Staff. We have been monitoring the situation throughout the afternoon. Based on current conditions and the forecast I am declaring a state of emergency throughout New Jersey.

"It is vital that police and public works crews are able to do their jobs. I urge all residents to take this declaration and this storm seriously, and to stay safe, stay home and stay off the roads. We will continue to monitor this storm with the help of our State Police and transportation officials."

# # #

Of particular pertinence within the Governor's dire declaration is his assertion that " It is vital that police and public works crews are able to do their jobs. I urge all residents to take this declaration and this storm seriously, and to stay safe, stay home and stay off the roads."

New Jersey Transit posted the following announcement upon its website:


Issued Monday, December 27, 2011 at 5:50 a.m.

NEWARK, NJ - NJ TRANSIT service status as of 5:50 a.m. Monday, December 27:

Many hundreds of the members of CWA Local 1081 dutifully travel to work relying upon bus lines run by New Jersey Transit. Additionally, New Jersey Transit posted the following advisorary for its customers, "Customers should travel only if absolutely necessary."

The County of Essex Human Resources Policies and Procedures manual, Chapter VI.3, states:

It is the policy of the County of Essex to comply with all applicable Federal and State safety regulations to provide a work environment as free as practicable from recognized safety and health hazards.

Therefore, the resolution CWA Local 1081 respectfully demands to this grievance consists of the County Executive issuing a State of Emergency for the County of Essex and, as per Article VIII. Holidays 6. of our Union's contract, declaring a holiday for all County employees.


We seek a hearing in this most important regard.





David H. Weiner, President

CWA Local 1081














C: Hon. Joseph DiVincenzo

     Anibal Ramos, ECDCS Director

     Hetty Rosenstein, NJ CWA Vice President

     Alan Kaufman, CWA Representative

     Steve Weissman, Esq. Weissman and Mintz