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April 23, 2015

Jeanette Page-Hawkins, Acting Director

Essex County Division of Welfare

18 Rector Street, Floor 9

Newark, NJ, 07102

Re: Step II Contractual Grievance

Regrettably-Timed “Meet & Greet” v. Closing

Article IV. Work Schedules & Overtime

Article VII. Discipline

Article XXV. Non-Discrimination

Dear Ms. Page-Hawkins:

CWA Local 1081 submits this Step II Class Action Contractual Grievance on behalf of all of Union’s members, to whom you’ve proffered an invitation to attend your “Meet and Greet” get-together on the afternoon of April 24, 2015, in order to positively protest the unfortunate timing of your scheduled soiree:

  1. “Closing”, which is for your edification the last day on which our Family Service members may submit their pending cases for their respective supervisor’s review and processing so as to ensure their clients are not denied their benefits, is tomorrow.
  2. Many more members of our Union would have been able to have attended your belated effort to introduce yourself to them as the newly-appointed Acting Director of the Essex County Division of Welfare had your event been more sensitively scheduled.
  3. Were you to have progressed the practical and polite practice of informing CWA Local 1081 of your decrees in advance, such as your “Meet and Greet” as well as your short sided stratagem to transfer the two Westside office’s Emergency Assistance units to The Riverview Office in early May, well-meaning miscalculations such as these might well have been prevented.

The resolution CWA Local 1081 respectfully demands to this grievance consists of your reconsidering holding your “Meet and Greet” tomorrow so that many more of our agency’s members may meet you and so that their clients are not put at risk of not receiving their much-needed benefits in a timely fashion.

We seek a hearing in this regard.


David H. Weiner, President

CWA Local 1081