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House Could Vote on Revised Health Care Bill as Early as Tomorrow (Thursday, April 27, 2017)

Adding insult to injury, the House is developing an alternative to the recently failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that is WORSE for working families than the original bill.

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Tell Congress to Pass the Miners Protection Act

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This week is the last chance for Congress to pass the Miners Protection Act, which will continue to provide the healthcare benefits and pensions for retired miners made vulnerable by corporate bankruptcies and the financial crisis.

The United States government made a promise to mineworkers in 1947 guaranteeing their healthcare and retirement due to the dangerous and essential nature of their work.  If Congress fails to act by April 28, more than 22,000 retired coal miners will lose their healthcare benefits and livelihoods.

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Act Now to Stop Attacks on Federal Overtime Rules

The latest debacle in Washington threatens to hit workers in the wallet with House leadership seeking to undermine federal overtime rules. The bill – misleadingly called the “Working Families Flexibility Act” (H.R. 1180) – offers working people a false choice between time off and money.

CLICK HERE to send a message to your member of Congress, asking him or her to oppose H.R. 1180 which is an attack on workers and their overtime benefits.

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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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