Katz calls National CWA position a “hatchet job”

CWA Local 1034 President Carla Katz says that the National union’s filing of an amicus brief arguing that her participation in the collective bargaining agreement with the state violated union policy is a “thinly veiled political hatchet job for our Local’s vocal opposition to a bad contract which we saw as going way too far in health care cutbacks.”

“Now that members have seen those hurtful cutbacks take effect and are rightfully angry, Chris Shelton and those who supported this bad deal, have chosen to attack me and my Local to create a diversion from what they did. It’s reprehensible and the members will not be fooled,” said Katz.

“The only ‘secret’ negotiation on the state worker contract was the backroom deal cut by Chris Shelton and Bob Masters which our members opposed. Shelton is trying to place blame elsewhere but it belongs squarely in his lap. They should be ashamed.”

Sid Lehmann, an attorney for Katz and CWA Local 1034 says that “CWA’s

internal procedures are not the law of the State of New Jersey. As a local president, elected by her members, Carla Katz had the responsibility to discuss issues important to those members with the employer, in this case the Governor. The National union’s claims to the contrary are wrong and ridiculous. Katz not only has the right to speak for her members fully but she is legally and constitutionally obligated to do so. That’s what good union leaders do every day of the week.”

 

“This case has become the epitome of a misuse of the legal system as a way to attack political enemies. Tom Wilson is involved for no other purpose than to attack Governor Corzine and now Chris Shelton has pushed the National CWA to attempt to intervene for no other purpose than to retaliate against Carla Katz and Local 1034 for having the audacity to oppose the contract. CWA’s brief adds absolutely nothing to the legal argument,” said Lehmann. “The National CWA’s legal position on OPRA is identical to the one put forth in Katz’s brief. Yet, shamefully, it has the potential to be misused by Tom Wilson to undermine collective bargaining rights for ALL public workers by setting bad legal precedent in motion and limiting OPRA protections. The National’s move today, plays right into Wilson’s hands, and has the potential to hurt many New Jersey workers and their families.”

Katz calls National CWA position a “hatchet job”