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.
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.
Bill Concerning Early Retirement in Atlantic City Advances
Thanks to the solidarity of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and affiliate unions, A-18/S-3422, a bill that would provide back pay to state workers, who were locked out of their jobs during the state shutdown, was passed today by the state Assembly. Having previously cleared the Senate earlier this month, the Governor had said that he intends to sign the bill into law.
TRENTON – Following the Governor’s conditional veto of S-3085, to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave law, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO issued the following statement:
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to announce that state workers, who were furloughed during the government shutdown, will receive retroactive pay thanks to your support. The state Senate voted today to pass the bill and the Assembly is committed to passage by the end of July. The Governor has indicated that he would sign the legislation into law.
CLICK HERE for a breakdown of the Senate vote.
Thanks to the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and affiliates, our state paved the way for the nation by enacting one of the country’s first Paid Family Leave laws. The program has benefitted hundreds of thousands of workers, and worries that the program could impact the bottom line of businesses have proven unfounded.
Recognizing the success of Paid Family Leave, the state Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that would increase effectiveness and accessibility. The bill is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting approval. As a leading proponent of the bill, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO calls on the Governor to sign the expansion into law so that hundreds of thousands more working families can achieve a better work/life balance without putting their jobs or livelihoods at stake.
The government shutdown was a crisis moment for our state, leaving New Jersey’s hardworking families at the will of political forces outside of their control. But if we take a step back from the bizarre world of state politics, we realize that the fallout has a real impact on the lives of working people. To pay the mortgage, buy groceries, pay medical bills, whatever it may be, each day’s earning count. A bill has been introduced in the Senate with an Assembly version to follow shortly that ensures state employees, who were denied their wages because of the shutdown, are fairly compensated.
CLICK HERE to send a message to your state legislators asking them to support the bill while urging the Governor to respect the state workforce and sign the measure into law.
True character is revealed in times of crisis and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, demonstrated unwavering courage, leadership, and love for New Jersey and its working families; we owe him and those legislators who stood strong in opposition to the Governor a sincere debt of gratitude. These champions of our state showed the political courage we would expect of all lawmakers.
We elected legislators to do a job and abstaining from a vote that has now caused a state government shutdown is unacceptable. People's livelihoods are at stake and decisive action is needed. Below is a list of legislators who have abstained and need to hear their constituents' voices:
With the state on the brink of a shutdown, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO has joined with its affiliates and progressive allies to demand that lawmakers rise above politics and put working families first by passing a clean budget.