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Urge Your State Senator to Override Christie’s Veto of Equal Pay Bill

The Senate is poised to vote this Monday in order to override the governor’s veto of pay equity legislation (S-992). We thank everyone who continues to take action in support of the override vote. If you’ve taken action already, we ask that you share the take action page with your friends and family.

CLICK HERE to contact your state Senator and urge him or her to override the governor’s veto of the Pay Equity Act (S-992).

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NJ Democrats Reveal Paid Family Leave Expansion Plan

Yesterday, Senate Democrats revealed a plan to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Law. The proposal would increase benefit levels and available time-off for workers in New Jersey who need to take care of a sick family member or loved one.

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House Passes Resolution to Repeal OSHA Worker Safety Rule

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. J. Res 83, which seeks to repeal an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule that clarifies an employer’s responsibility to maintain accurate records of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. This resolution will make it impossible for OSHA to ensure that injury and illness records are complete and accurate and undermine workplace health and safety.

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Urge Your State Senator to Override Christie’s Veto of Equal Pay Bill

The State Senate is expected to vote today on whether or not to override the Governor’s veto of pay equity legislation. Time and time again, Christie has stood in the way of closing the pay gap for women in New Jersey, and we need to state loud and clear that enough is enough.

CLICK HERE to contact your state Senator and urge him or her to override the governor’s veto of the Pay Equity Act (S-992).

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Senate Fails to Override Christie Veto of Pay Equity

While we are disappointed that the Senate did not secure enough votes to override Governor Christie’s veto of the Pay Equity Act yesterday, we are hopeful for what the future holds. Union members, community activists, and an outpouring of general public support made it clear during Saturday’s historic march that the people demand substantive action to respect women’s rights and ensure economic fairness and social equality for all.

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Urge Your State Senator to Override Christie’s Veto of Equal Pay Bill

The State Senate will vote today on whether or not to override the Governor’s veto of pay equity legislation. Time and time again, Christie has stood in the way of closing the pay gap for women in New Jersey, and we need to state loud and clear that enough is enough. 

CLICK HERE to contact your state Senator and urge him or her to override the governor’s veto of the Pay Equity Act.

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Quarterly Payments Bill Signed into Law, Unions Testify in Various Committees

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The fight to fund pensions saw a victory today with the Governor doing the right thing by signing the quarterly pension payments bill into law despite vetoing it twice before. The law requires pension payments on a quarterly basis, allowing for increased investment returns and minimizing the risk of reduced payments at the end of the fiscal year. We recognize the diligent efforts of affiliates and elected officials who were essential to bringing this law to fruition.

In addition, many bills of concern to working families moved through committee today during a busy day at the Statehouse. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO lobbied and took positions on several bills. Below is a summary of legislation and corresponding committee actions:

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Override the Governor, End Pay Discrimination Once and For All

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During a Statehouse press conference, New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan called on legislators to override the governor’s veto of pay equity legislation (S-992) and resolve to end pay discrimination once and for all.

Recognizing Senate President Sweeney, Majority Leader Weinberg, Assemblywoman Lampitt and the bill’s prime sponsors, she described the measure as commonsense and long-overdue.

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Quarterly Pension Payments Sent to Governor, Assembly Passes PBM Bill to Cut Health Care Costs

The legislature is taking steps to shore up the state pension system, approving a bill that would require the state to make quarterly, rather than annual pension payments. The bill (S-2810/A-4) passed both the state Senate and Assembly unanimously and has been sent to the governor’s desk for approval. Christie vetoed this measure twice before, but the Senate President is optimistic about the bill’s prospects. With the bill now on the governor’s desk, we urge that him to take swift action and sign it into law. Quarterly payments would be scheduled for Sept. 30, Dec. 31, March 31, and June 30. The law would take effect on July 1, 2017.

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TAKE ACTION: Urge Your State Senator to Support Quarterly Pension Payments

S-2810 is scheduled for a vote on Monday, November 21, 2016. The bill requires the state to make quarterly, rather than annual pension payments. The effect of this change would be to save the pension system and taxpayers billions of dollars over the long run.

CLICK HERE to urge your Senator to support responsible pension funding.

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