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.
Grid lock on the State Budget and Horizon restructuring legislation has sparked talk of a government shutdown. Yesterday, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO testified against S-4 (Vitale/Sweeney), the Horizon restructuring legislation, which was released from the Senate Budget Committee by a vote of 11-1-1 and is expected to pass the full Senate this Thursday. The Assembly version, Sponsored by Assemblywoman Pintor Marin (D-29) has not been released from committee. To see a letter from national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in opposition to the bill, CLICK HERE.
The AHCA, which seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act, would have devastating consequences for millions of Americans. In a nutshell this bill will take away access to health care for millions of Americans and enrich companies that are already reaping billions in profit from the health care industry. To say that this bill is taking the nation in the complete wrong direction is an understatement. But we know that exercising our voice can and will make the difference.
Take a moment right now to contact your U.S. Senators at 1-888-865-8089 and urge them to oppose the AHCA and instead devise measures that will strengthen the Affordable Care Act, not take us backwards.
With legislative action in Trenton heating up due to the end of the month state budget deadline, today was a busy day in Trenton. Grid lock between the Governor and Legislative leadership on school funding, raiding Horizon revenues and the lottery/pension proposal has sparked talk of a government shutdown. With this in mind, several pro-labor bills advanced in an attempt to get them on the Governor’s desk before the summer recess begins.