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.
A-4927, the bill to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave law, received a hearing in the Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee, which voted 4 to 1 to advance the bill. We thank Speaker Prieto and Assembly members Oliver and Gusciora, who are the prime sponsors of the bill in the Assembly. We further thank all committee members who voted in support.
The Assembly has introduced legislation, A-4927, to improve upon our state’s successful paid family leave program. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliates championed the original law that was enacted in 2009. Now, with your support, we can make this policy even better for working families.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is working hand-in-hand with legislative leadership to build upon the success of our state’s paid family leave program. The introduced legislation, S-3085, is being championed by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Senator Patrick Diegnan, who hosted a roundtable discussion at the statehouse today, featuring New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech and advocacy group representatives.
On its surface it may seem harmless, but a House bill modifying overtime rules would mean lower wages and more headaches for workers. At a time when working families are struggling to make ends meet, this type of out-of-touch representation is shameful.
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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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.
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.