The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was honored to take part in the founding convention of AFSCME NJ Council 63, which creates an organization that is equipped to serve its members long into the future. While the political landscape continues to evolve and the labor movement may soon enter uncharted territory based on corporate-driven, anti-worker attacks, this new council will ensure that working people are able to exercise their voice and bargain for justice on the job.
Thanks to the efforts of organized labor and its community allies, statewide earned sick leave was signed into law a few weeks ago by Governor Phil Murphy. This policy ensures that 1.2 million workers in New Jersey, who previously lacked earned sick days, will no longer have to make the immoral choice between a paycheck and their physical or mental health. This notice is meant to provide a more detailed overview of what this policy achieves for working families, and we encourage you to share this information with others who may be able to benefit from this major labor accomplishment.
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.
This year marks the 26th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, the largest one-day food collection event in the country. To make a donation simply leave a bag of nonperishable food items by your mailbox on Saturday, May 12, 2018, and your letter carrier will do the rest.
Your donation will be delivered directly to local food banks, pantries, and shelters that provide meaningful assistance to individuals and families in your community. Your support can help to make this year’s food haul the biggest yet.
Late last night as the last ballots were counted, labor candidate Jerell Blakeley of USW 397 avoided a runoff and won a seat on the Trenton City Council- at-Large.
Today the New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to congratulate the following Labor Candidates for their victories in the May Non- Partisan Municipal Elections:
- Anthony Vauss, IUOE Local 68, Irvington Mayor
- Ed Osborne, LIUNA 1153, Newark City Council–at-Large
Tuesday, May 8 is Election Day in cities and towns across New Jersey when voters will elect Mayors and Councils in several municipalities. Working families have the opportunity to strengthen our voice in government by electing pro-worker candidates and fellow union members who seek election through the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO joined with Central Labor Council Presidents, labor elected officials, and affiliates today for the signing of an Executive Order that would help to combat worker misclassification in New Jersey by establishing a task force that will ramp up enforcement of existing laws. The State Federation praises the governor for taking these steps to curtail the practice of misclassification that causes employees to be denied access to critical benefits and protections on the job.
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.
April 28, 2018, is Workers Memorial Day, a time to remember workers killed or injured on the job and to renew the fight for strong safety and health protections. After years of struggle, we have enacted various measures to protect workers from hazards, however our work must continue in terms of both policy and ongoing education.