Every year on April 28th, we take the time to honor workers who have lost their lives on the job and renew our commitment to fighting for every worker’s right to a safe, fair-paying job.
In the past we have won new protections for workers. When mine workers struggled with exposure to silica dust and beryllium, damaging their lungs and leading to cancer, we won new rules to limit exposure for mine workers and protect them from retaliation after reporting injuries and illness from job conditions.
It’s important to know what’s going on in Washington because the decisions made there affect all of us. There has been a flurry of activity since Congress returned from its recess, and we must remain vigilant in the fight to defend our livelihoods. Two of the top issues confronting working families are Trump’s reckless tax proposal and Congressman MacArthur’s health care amendment. The onslaught of information is intended to trip us up, but we’re not going to let them pull the wool over our eyes. The below list provides highlights of how these proposals may impact us so that we can stay informed and defend our economic future.
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.
ATLANTIC CITY – While Governor Christie is in town for the ground breaking at the new Stockton Campus, local residents, workers, faith & civil rights leaders held a press conference to send a message to him that the state takeover has a significant negative impact on a host of issues impacting Atlantic City.
“Privatization has a long history of failing workers and taxpayers in New Jersey” said NJ State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “Time and time again, whether it’s the privatization of the State Lottery, the DMV or auto inspections, the road of privatization contracts “gone bad” is a long one. The privatization of the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) would bring with it traditional “reforms” such as immediate reduction in workers’ wages and benefits. And although privatization often promises minor savings up front as an enticement to enter into the contract, in the long term, taxpayer costs and user fees are increased and services are reduced” concluded Wowkanech.
NAACP National President Cornell Brooks will Join Labor & Community Allies
The negative impact of the state takeover in Atlantic City is drastically impacting workers, residents, and businesses. We have already seen the state pursue drastic cuts to public safety, including police and firefighters. Now, the looming threat of privatization at the Municipal Utilities Authority threatens to undermine services further. Simply stated, the harsh realities of the misguided state takeover of Atlantic City are setting in and growing.
In need of a union hotel in central or northern New Jersey? There are now plenty of options to choose from thanks to the recent organizing victories of the Hotel Trades Council. We have added these newly organized locations to the New Jersey State AFL-CIO shop union page, which includes a complete list of hotels and other services.
By booking union, you won’t just receive top-of-the-line hospitality services, you’ll also be supporting good jobs that build stronger communities. The Hotel Trades Council is doing great work to uplift and empower our state’s working families, and the New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to recognize their ongoing success and welcome our new brothers and sisters from the following locations to our union family:
Today, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO stood in solidarity with our AFT brothers and sisters in the Council of New Jersey State College Locals, along with students and community activists for a day of action at the College of New Jersey and at public colleges across the state. More than 10,000 faculty members, staffers and librarians have been working without a contract since July 2015 due to Governor Christie’s defunding of higher education. Our brothers and sisters in the AFT College Council mentor thousands of young men and women in our state, yet they are taking home less due to increased health costs and stagnant pay. We need to invest in our teachers, higher education, and our future.
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Health Care Coverage Preserved for Approximately 476,000 NJ Residents.
“People before politics” wasn’t just a feel good motto recently when 11 out of 12 New Jersey members of Congress (all Democrats and four of five Republicans) expressed their opposition to AHCA (Trump/Ryan care).
We extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to Democrats Norcross, Sires, Pallone, Watson Coleman, Payne, Pascrell, and Gottheimer. And to Republican Members LoBiondo, Smith, Lance, and Frelinghuysen - a special thank you for putting your constituents first.