Gov. Phil Murphy today signed the Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act, a law intended to ensure that employee organizations which are the exclusive representatives of public employees in collective negotiations are able to carry out their statutory duties by having access to and being able to communicate with the employees they represent. NJEA supported this law. The law requires public employers to provide exclusive representative employee organizations with access to members of the negotiations units. It also protects the privacy rights of public employees by specifying that that home addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, birth dates, employee negotiation units and groupings, and communications between employee organizations and their members, are not government records and are exempt from the disclosure requirements of the Open Public Records Act.
NJEA President Marie Blistan applauded the new law. “This is a real win for working people in New Jersey. Gov. Murphy promised to put the needs of working families first, and he’s kept that promise by signing this law. I also thank the sponsors, Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Coughlin, for their work in championing this important legislation with their fellow legislators. This law shows that New Jersey respects the value of unions and the right of employees to join together and advocate for the values that matter to them.”
For more details in the new law, see this summary.