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January 30, 2009


Bruce Nigro, Director

Essex County Division of Welfare

18 Rector Street, Floor 9

Newark, NJ, 07102


Re: Step II Class Action Contractual Grievance

       Vacation Schedules Submission

       Article I. Purpose

       Article VII. Discipline

       Article IX. Vacations

       Article XXV. Non-Discrimination


Dear Mr. Nigro:

CWA Local 1081 submits this Step II Class Action Contractual Grievance, on behalf of all of our adversely affected and potentially adversely affected members employed by the Essex County Division of Welfare, to protest the verbal directives our members are receiving today from their respective managers and supervisors to submit their requested vacation schedules by February 1, 2009:


  1. Past practice has required our members to submit their requested vacation schedules by March 1st each year, and there has been no notification to CWA Local 1081 of any changes in that most important regard.
  2. For management to alter this policy, only one working day before the schedules are technically now due, is highly unreasonable and creates extreme hardship for many of our members as they had reasonably expected another month with which to make their vacation plans and submissions.
  3. With the excessive and ever increasing client caseloads, and decreasing staff, combined with other malignant managerial machinations such as the Administration’s reneging on our Union’s negotiated contract, this new vacation schedule submission edict only exacerbates conditions within the agency which may well lead to consequence that could have easily been avoided.

As the resolution to this grievance, CWA Local 1081 demands the following:

1.      The County shall abandon the February 1st mandate and allow our members until March 1, 2009 to submit their vacation requests.

We seek a hearing, in this regard.




David H. Weiner, President

CWA Local 1081