Today, members of the state Assembly passed S-2160/A-3819, a bill that will allow workers to access unemployment benefits after 30 days on strike or depending on the nature of the labor dispute. We thank our many affiliates and allies, who joined us in supporting this important legislation, and urge the governor to, for once, put the interests of working families first and sign this measure into law.
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The state Assembly is scheduled to vote this Thursday on a bill that would allow workers to access unemployment benefits after 30 days on strike or depending on the nature of the labor dispute. Take a moment right now to urge your state Assembly members to support A-3819. Far too often, workers are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous companies that use their clout to force workers into accepting unreasonable wages and working conditions.
Multinational corporations and right-wing congressional leaders are trying to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – an awful backroom trade deal that will put Americans out of work, degrade environmental protections, and increase prescription drug prices. If that weren’t bad enough, proponents want a vote to take place during “lame duck” to avoid public scrutiny.
Assembly Labor Committee Votes to Release Bill 6 to 2
The decision to go on strike is a matter of having no other choice. In order to protect workers who are forced out on strike, we ask that you send a message right now to your state Assembly members, asking them to support A-3819, which provides unemployment benefits to strikers and is anticipated to be voted on in the coming days.
“Governor Christie’s veto of a phased in $15 minimum wage is sadly not surprising given his endorsement of Donald Trump, who has said that ‘wages are too high’,” stated New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “This is yet another example of the Governor putting politics before the best interests of our state.”
Workers Continue Fight to Advance Stalled TTF Bill
Workers filled the streets and halls of the capitol complex today as the state Senate took up crucial legislation concerning unemployment compensation for strikers, and a deadline loomed to place the pension funding question on the ballot this year.
With thousands of jobs on the line, workers also realize the necessity of funding the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). The New Jersey State AFL-CIO supports the compromise funding bill, S-2411/A-12, and will continue to prevail upon legislators to take up and approve this legislation. CLICK HERE to urge your legislator to support TTF funding now.
During a noon rally in front of the Statehouse, hundreds of union members called on legislators to approve a measure that would place the pension funding question on the ballot for voters to decide. The deadline for the Senate to act is August 8th. It is therefore imperative that every union member lend his or her voice to this effort. CLICK HERE to send a message to your state Senator now and show your solidarity for our brothers and sisters.
Take Action Now to Ensure Passage on Monday
The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee met today to consider A-12 and S-2411, regarding a sustainable funding method for the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. Committee members adopted several amendments to reconcile the differences between the Senate and Assembly bills. The amended legislation was released from committee by a vote of 8 to 4 with one abstention. The full Senate is expected to consider the bill on Monday, August 1, 2016.
With thousands of jobs on the line and millions of dollars in construction projects at stake, it is imperative that the full Senate and Assembly move immediately to pass this legislation. CLICK HERE to send a message to your Senator urging him or her to vote yes on the amended bill.
The decision to go on strike is never easy. Just ask Local 54 workers at the Taj Mahal who have gone without pay and benefits for nearly four weeks. Think about the thousands of CWA and IBEW members who were on strike at Verizon for six weeks. It is clear that going on strike is a measure of last resort.
Therefore, legislators must step up to ensure that workers, who have no choice but to go on strike, are eligible for unemployment benefits. A bill to provide these benefits to strikers is set for a floor vote in the state Senate on Monday, August 1, 2016. We urge you to send a pre-written message to your state Senator, urging him or her to support S-2160.
Time is running out. The State Senate must act on SCR-2 by the August 9, 2016 deadline in order to place the pension question on the ballot. CLICK HERE to forward a message to your state Senator now.
One of the core functions of our state government is to ensure the safety, efficiency and dependability of our transportation systems. Unfortunately due to the current situation regarding inaction in funding the Transportation Trust Fund, this core function is not only at risk today, but that risk is getting worse each and every day we continue to delay.