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.
Organized labor marked a major victory today as Governor Phil Murphy signed a statewide Earned Sick Days policy into law. The result is that more than one million workers in New Jersey will no longer have to choose between their health and a paycheck.
The labor movement has done it again. After years of collective advocacy, education, and statewide engagement, our efforts to enact an Earned Sick Days law will come to fruition in a few short days. Therefore, we hope that you will join us next week as the Governor signs this legislation into law, ensuring that no New Jerseyan will have to choose between their health and a paycheck.
Today, an historic milestone was reached in the fight for women’s equality and universal workplace justice as Governor Phil Murphy signed the “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act” into law. This legislative effort, which was spearheaded by organized labor in New Jersey, represents years of hard work, testimony, meetings, campaigning, outreach, and coordination with stakeholders all around the state.
Today’s legislative session saw a series of major floor votes in the Senate and Assembly that place several labor-championed bills on the governor’s desk for signature. It goes without saying that this progress was made possible by the persistent advocacy of organized labor, in some cases through multiple election cycles and legislative sessions.
Thanks to the sustained advocacy and political engagement of organized labor, the wheels have been set in motion for several key legislative victories. Action packed voting sessions are scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2018, in the state Assembly and state Senate concerning jobs, voting rights, collective bargaining, and earned sick leave. Please find below a list of bills slated to be voted on this Thursday – for which the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliates have led the charge – along with a brief summary and progress report for each measure.
Several pro-worker bills supported by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO were voted on in committee today. Below is a summary of actions taken in the state Senate and Assembly:
Equal Pay (A-1/S-104): The state Senate and Assembly took an historic step today by voting to approve a measure that would ensure equal pay for equal work across the state. The bill passed the state Senate with unanimous support. CLICK HERE for the Assembly vote tally.
Earned Sick Days (A-1827/S-2171): The state Assembly voted to pass a bill guaranteeing earned sick days. CLICK HERE for results.
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:
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.