CWA Local 1031 Swears in Officers for New Term

On Friday, January 12th, CWA Area Director for NJ Fran Ehret joined Local 1031 for the swearing in of officers for their new term. Kathleen Hernandez, formerly Vice President of Local 1031 was sworn in as President, along with John Polk, Secretary-Treasurer, as well as presidents of CWA Local 1031’s branches across New Jersey.

Everyone at CWA Local 1031 would like to thank John Rose for his many years of hard work and leadership. John tirelessly fought for the best interests of his members and all state workers, making sure they were always well represented, regardless of who was in charge in Trenton. John Rose kept the labor movement’s promise of fair and equitable treatment for all, and we wish him nothing but the best as he enjoys his well-earned retirement. CWA 1031 will continue to follow his example as we head into the future.



Joe Beirne Scholarship Entries Now Open

The application for the Joe Beirne Scholarship is now available and will remain open until the deadline of April 30th, 2024. Aapplications are available here. 

Sixteen partial college scholarships of $4,000 each are being offered for the 2024-2025 school year. Winners are selected in a lottery drawing, and will also receive second-year scholarships of the same amount contingent upon satisfactory academic accomplishment. Part-time students enrolled in less than 12 credits are eligible to receive a $2,000 scholarship.

CWA members, their spouses, children and grandchildren, including those of retired or deceased members, are all eligible for the scholarship award.

If you’re not currently supporting your union and would like to become a CWA member, visit or speak to your branch president or a shop steward to sign a card.

To learn more about Joe Beirne and the scholarship program, you can go here.

CWA Members Overwhelmingly Vote to Ratify NJ State Worker Contract

After more than a year of preparation, mobilization, and tough bargaining with the State of New Jersey, our 35,000 members voted to ratify our 2023-2027 Executive Branch contract by 94.01% to 5.99%.

Administrative-Clerical Unit

Yes – 96.21%
No – 3.79%

Professional Unit

Yes – 93.97%
No – 6.03%

Primary Level Supervisors Unit

Yes – 92.77%
No – 7.23%

Higher Level Supervisors

Yes – 92.60%
No – 7.4%


Yes – 94.01%
No – 5.99%

This was an unprecedented effort by our bargaining committee, Local and District leaderships, shop stewards, mobilizers, and most of all, our membership. Workers up and down the state came together to fight for a fair contract that recognizes our members’ hard work keeping New Jersey going strong. The result is a historic contract with significant gains that delivered on our goals and sets a foundation for continued work in several areas.

When we fight together, we win!

In Solidarity,

Dennis Trainor, District 1 Vice President
William Gallagher, District 1 Assistant to the VP
Fran Ehret, NJ Area Director
John Rose, Local 1031
Migdalia Santiago, Local 1032
Gaye Palmer, Local 1033
Adam Liebtag, Local 1036
Ken McNamara, Local 1037
Shawn Ludwig, Local 1038
Michele Long-Vickers, Local 1040

We could not achieve this success without the support of all of our members. If you aren’t a member and want to become one, please see your branch president or shop steward for a membership card, or download one at


State Worker Contract Elections – VOTE NOW!

State Worker Contract Voting Continues Until Monday at Noon!

  • Be sure to check your SPAM Folder or Junk Mail Folder for your ballot, search for “Election Buddy”
  • Email contains a unique link for you to vote, do not share it with anyone else
  • Check here for details of the contract proposal, including four 3.5% COLA increases and an 11th Step for all CWA state workers

CWA Local 1031 Election Results

I am pleased to announce the election results from CWA Local 1031.  The election committee verified the statements and the signatures for Kathleen Hernandez, for President and John Polk, for Secretary/Treasurer. Since these were the only individual petitions received, both have won by acclamation.  See the official letter attached.


CWA Local 1031 Election Committee
Denise Williams, Chair
Cristina Molinari
Michael Milling


CWA 1031 Local Election Results – Official Committee Letter