New Jersey State AFL-CIO Calls for Support of Pro-Labor Legislation Concerning Prevailing Wages, 'Wage Theft' and the Installation of Fire Suppression Systems
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO urges members of the NJ State Assembly to support three bills that will be voted on this Monday, March 25, 2019.
Organized Labor Celebrates Gov. Murphy's Signing of Paid Family Leave Reform Law
Today, Governor Murphy signed into law Paid Family Leave Reform legislation (S-2528: Sweeney/Diegnan/Ruiz & A-3975: Quijano/Giblin/Downey). The bill extends the paid leave period from six weeks to 12 weeks, increases the benefit amount from two-thirds of a claimant’s average weekly wage to 70 percent of that wage with a higher maximum threshold, and expands job protection to businesses with 30 employees or more.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is pleased to announce that three members of the New Jersey congressional delegation have introduced bills to prevent government shutdowns and protect federal employees and contractors.
Legislation Raising the Minimum Wage Approved by Two Committees
Bills Concerning Wage Theft, Paid Family Leave Reform and Assistance to Furloughed Workers Also Advance
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks the first prime Sponsor of S-15, Senate President Sweeney (D-3), for his leadership on behalf of the working poor of New Jersey. Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to approve legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. The bill was released mostly along party lines, with Democrats Sarlo (D-36), Cunningham (D-31), Ruiz (D-29), Greenstein (D-14), Beach (D-6), Cruz-Perez (D-5) and Cryan (D-20) voting Yes. Republicans O’Scanlon (R-13), Thompson (R-12) and Oroho (R-24) voted No. Sen. Addiego (R-8) abstained. Sen. Andrzejczak (D-1) was the only Democrat to vote against raising the minimum wage. The bill also cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee along a party line 7-4 vote.
Legislation Raising the Minimum Wage Approved Along Party Lines
Bills Concerning Wage Theft & Fighting Sexual Assault of Hotel Workers Also Advance
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks the first prime Sponsor of A-15, Speaker Couglin (D-19), for his leadership on behalf of the working poor of New Jersey. Today, the Assembly Labor Committee voted to approve legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. The bill was released strictly along party lines with Assembly Democrats Egan (D-17), Moriarty (D-6), Houghtaling (D-11), Sumter (D-35), Huttle (D-38) and Verrelli (D-15) voting in favor. Republicans Auth (R-39), Space (R-24) and Wirths (R-24) voting against.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO, working with the IBEW and CWA, continues to advocate for S-1780. We thank the prime Sponsors, Senators Diegnan (D-18) and Turner (D-15), for their leadership on this issue. The bill, which is in-line with Governor Murphy’s recent calls to hold corporations accountable for the receipt of taxpayer-funded job creation incentive grants, seeks to protect call center jobs in the state. The bill was released from the Senate Appropriations Committee by a vote of 8 to 2-2. It was released along party lines with Democratic Senators Sarlo (D-36), Cunningham (D-31), Ruiz (29), Greenstein (D-14), Cruz-Perez (D-5), Diegnan (D-18), Singleton (D-7), and Adrzejczack (D-1) voting YES. Republicans O’Scanlon (D-13) and Oroho (D-24) voted NO. Senators Addiego (D-4) and Thompson (D-12) abstained.
Today in Trenton: New Jersey State AFL-CIO teams up with Unite Here to Lobby for Hotel Employee Protection Act
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and a delegation of our brothers and sisters from Unite Here Local 54 gathered today in Trenton to lobby on behalf of the Hotel Employee Protection Act (S-2986/A-4439)—a bill requiring hotels to provide panic buttons to employees for protection from unsafe working conditions, violence, and sexual assault while performing housekeeping duties.
Today in Trenton: Legislation Released from Committee To Preserve Call Center Jobs & Protect Hotel Employees from Sexual Assault
Two pro-labor bills supported by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO were favorably voted out of the Senate Labor Committee today. We would like to thank the sponsors of these bills and the committee members that voted in favor.
Today, a bill to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave program was approved by the Senate Labor Committee. The proposal would increase benefit levels and available time-off for workers in New Jersey who need to take care of a newborn baby or sick family member.