Hetty Rosenstein, the longtime state director of the Communications Workers of America New Jersey is leaving her post after 40 years with the union, the chapter announced on Feb. 25.
“I am not leaving the movement for workers’ rights and social and economic justice. I am not leaving behind my union family and my love of CWA,” Rosenstein said in an email reportedly circulated to several friends and political contacts. “I am leaving this job at this time.”
Her departure from the CWA-NJ, which is the state’s largest public worker union, is effective April 2 and was first reported by the New Jersey Globe.
Earlier this week, Rosenstein was named to the NJBIZ Power 100 2021 edition. She could not be immediately reached for comment on Feb. 26.
The CWA-NJ has largely been an ally of Gov. Phil Murphy, having been involved with negotiations to lower public worker health care plans.
Last summer amid cratering tax revenue from the pandemic, Rosenstein and the Murphy administration struck a deal to furlough many of its public employee members while letting them keep their benefits, in order to avoid job cuts.
Many of its members would be affected by the proposed public worker pension cuts proposed by Murphy’s oft-times political foe Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3rd District.