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Newark, NJ, 07102
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February 10, 2009


Bruce Nigro, Director

Essex County Division of Welfare

18 Rector Street, Floor 9

Newark, NJ, 07102


Re: Step II Class Action Contractual Grievance

       Misuse of Members as Event Extras

       Article I. Purpose

       Article VI. Management Rights

       Article VII. Discipline

       Article XXV. Non-Discrimination

       Article XXX. Work Distribution and Practices

       Article XLII. Extent of County Liability

       Article XLIX. Safety of Staff


Dear Mr. Nigro:


CWA Local 1081 submits this Step II Contractual Grievance on behalf of all of our Union’s members whom have been, retrospectively, and/or shall be, prospectively, offered or obliged to attend events conceived and coordinated by the Administration of Essex County Joseph DiVincenzo that occur during, and/or after, our members’ contractually stipulated working hours.


CWA Local 1081 maintains it imprudent, insensible and fraught with farcical fiduciary form for the Administration to continue to impress (the transitive verb) into duty County employees, particularly the highly-compensated heads of departments and divisions and well as the rank and file employees whose workloads are onerous particularly now, to literally serve as “extras” to make it appear as though the crowds attending press conferences, budget announcements and events to honor ethnic groups and/or individuals are voluntarily well endowed.


The resolution CWA Local 1081 respectfully demands to this grievance consists of the following:


  1. The County shall cease requiring, and/or requesting, members of CWA Local 1081 to attend such Administratively self serving soirees and thus allow our understaffed, underpaid and underappreciated Brothers and Sisters the time they need to attempt to optimally service their clients in these most trying of times.


We seek a hearing, in this regard.






David H. Weiner, President

CWA Local 1081