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Alice Paul Institute Honors New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan

IMG_7843_(2).JPGOn March 22, 2018, the Alice Paul Institute (API) hosted the Alice Paul Equality Awards, honoring three women leaders in the areas of education, empowerment, and equality. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to congratulate our Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan for being selected as the Education Award Honoree in recognition of her lifelong dedication to labor solidarity and empowering the next generation of women leaders. As the founder of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Conference, Secretary-Treasurer Brennan has inspired and empowered thousands of union women to tell their stories and become effective advocates of equality and justice.

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Take Action: State Assembly to Vote on Earned Sick Days and Equal Pay

The full state Assembly will consider two vital bills on, Monday, March 26, 2018, which have been championed by the labor movement for several years. Earned sick leave (A-1827: Lampitt / Mukherji) and the Equal Pay Act (A-1: Lampitt / Downey) represent an opportunity for our state to advance and lead in the fight for fairness and workplace justice.

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Assembly Labor Committee Advances Bills Promoting Collective Bargaining and Equal Pay

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:

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Testify In Support of Collective Bargaining and Equal Pay

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.

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Congratulations to Newly Elected Officers of the Middlesex/Somerset CLC

28783685_10211309407792322_645346070611623936_n.jpgThe New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to congratulate the following newly elected officers of the Middlesex/Somerset Central Labor Council:

President – Wayne Martiak (IBEW 456)
Executive VP – Jean Pierce (HPAE)
Treasurer – John “Jackie” Hoey (UA 9)
Rec. Sec. – Kevin McCarthy (IFPTE 194)

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO: Murphy’s Budget Puts Working Families First

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech released the following statement in response to Governor Murphy’s budget address:

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Earned Sick Leave Released from Assembly Labor Committee

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join with many of our affiliates and coalition partners to continue our long-term advocacy to enact an earned sick leave law that benefits all working families in New Jersey. We commend and thank Assembly members Lampitt and Mukherji, the prime sponsors of this legislation (A-1827), for their tireless efforts in support of the bill and Assembly Labor Committee Chair Joseph Egan for posting the bill for a hearing. We further praise all those committee members for their votes to advance this essential measure.

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Robert C. Sweeney, Lifelong Trade Unionist and Champion of Labor

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Robert C. Sweeney, former President & Business Manager of Iron Workers 399 and the father of Senate President Stephen Sweeney and New Jersey State AFL-CIO Vice President Richard Sweeney.

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CWA Members on Strike at Frontier Communications

There are 1,400 of our CWA brothers and sisters currently out on strike at Frontier Communications, a company that offers telecom services in 29 states around the country, including New York and Pennsylvania. While New Jersey is not an operational territory, we wanted to make sure that our members, who may live in neighboring states are aware of the strike, and we urge all to stand strong with our brothers and sisters on the picket lines.

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Testify in Support of Earned Sick Leave

Thanks to the hard work of our affiliates and coalition partners, it was announced that earned sick time legislation (A-1827: Lampitt / Mukherji) is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Labor Committee on Monday, March 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room 15 of the State House Annex. Assembly members Lampitt and Mukherji have been passionate advocates of this legislation, and we thank them for their leadership on this issue.

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