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Assembly Labor Committee Advances Bills Promoting Collective Bargaining and Equal Pay

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to spearhead two bills that will advance the cause of working families across the state of New Jersey in terms of their right to a voice on the job and the right to equal pay for equal work. The Janus bill (A-3686: Coughlin) and Equal Pay bill (A-1: Lampitt/Downey) were both released from committee as shown by the votes below:

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Testify In Support of Collective Bargaining and Equal Pay

This Monday, March 19, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. the Assembly Labor Committee will be voting on the Janus bill (A-3686: Coughlin) and Equal Pay for Women bill (A-1: Lampitt). The New Jersey State AFL-CIO will testify on both bills, which reflect the core values of our labor movement and New Jersey working families, and we urge you to join us in support.

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Earned Sick Leave Released from Assembly Labor Committee

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join with many of our affiliates and coalition partners to continue our long-term advocacy to enact an earned sick leave law that benefits all working families in New Jersey. We commend and thank Assembly members Lampitt and Mukherji, the prime sponsors of this legislation (A-1827), for their tireless efforts in support of the bill and Assembly Labor Committee Chair Joseph Egan for posting the bill for a hearing. We further praise all those committee members for their votes to advance this essential measure.

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Testify in Support of Earned Sick Leave

Thanks to the hard work of our affiliates and coalition partners, it was announced that earned sick time legislation (A-1827: Lampitt / Mukherji) is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Labor Committee on Monday, March 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room 15 of the State House Annex. Assembly members Lampitt and Mukherji have been passionate advocates of this legislation, and we thank them for their leadership on this issue.

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Equal Pay for Woman & the “Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act” Released from the Senate Labor Committee

It was a busy day at the State House today with Senate Labor Committee passing two important pro-worker pieces of legislation.

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Labor Leads in the Fight to Raise Wages


During a statehouse press conference, New Jersey State AFL-CIO officers, President Charles Wowkanech and Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan, joined with Governor-Elect Murphy, Congressman Donald Norcross (IBEW 351), Senate President Steve Sweeney (Ironworkers 399), and Speaker-Elect Craig Coughlin to make it clear that New Jersey will lead the nation forward in the fight to raise workers’ wages.

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Updated: House Roll Call Vote on Tax Bill

Please find below an updated vote tally on yesterday’s vote on the GOP tax bill for the New Jersey House Delegation. The news source used for our previous notification excluded Representative Frelinghuysen as a vote in opposition to the bill.

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Stop MacArthur & Frelinghuysen from Attacking New Jersey’s Middle Class

The U.S. House is expected to vote tomorrow on Trump’s tax sham, and we urge every union brother and sister to express their strong opposition. CLICK HERE to take action now.

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LoBiondo Joins Congressional Colleagues to Champion Apprenticeship & Jobs Training Bill


The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to recognize the efforts of Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-02), who is working alongside a bipartisan group of legislators to expand apprenticeship and job training opportunities for workers. The bill, called the Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2017, would create a $5,000 tax credit available to employers that hire individuals enrolled in a federal or state apprenticeship program.

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Norcross Bill Honors Peter J. McGuire with National Landmark in Pennsauken


Designating the Peter J. McGuire Memorial in Pennsauken, NJ as a national historic landmark ensures that McGuire’s service to our nation and the American labor movement is given the distinction it deserves. We thank our union brother, Congressman Donald Norcross, for introducing this legislation in Congress and applaud his ongoing leadership on behalf of all workers in New Jersey.

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