Hoboken Local 108, the part-time workers union, is seeking paid holidays as part of their new contract, something they made known during a rally at City Hall yesterday.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The union came equipped with signs that said “We work hard too,” “part time employees lose pay on city holidays,” and “We get no pension, no medical and the city says no too [sic] holidays for part time employees.”
Local 108 is a part of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) and includes local crossing guards.
“These hard-working employees aren’t paid when the city is closed for holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Part-time workers deserve paid time off!,” the group posted on Instagram.
6th Ward Councilwoman Jen Giattino said yesterday morning that she stood in solidarity with RWDSU in a tweet.
“Hoboken’s part time employees deserve a contract and LIVING WAGES. I stand firmly with our Crossing Guards who are always there for Hoboken families 💪💰❤️”
A union rep could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday or Tuesday, but city spokeswoman Marilyn Baer said they are prepared to meet the union’s demands.
“After months of negotiations, the Administration offered the Part-Time Employees a fair contract last week that met their hourly salary demands and provided them with three additional paid days off as they requested. The Union is scheduled to vote on the agreement next week,” she said in an email.
The city came to terms with the municipal supervisors association in June, with the new agreement recognizing Juneteenth as a paid day off.