In 2013, we saw the New Jersey labor movement at its best. This Labor Fax celebrates our solidarity, our movement, and the victories we achieved thanks to your support, courage, and endless commitment to the working people of our state.
For over two years, workers on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway have sacrificed and fought to keep their jobs. Their battle against privatization has resulted in annual pay reductions of approximately $15,000 to $20,000 per worker, essentially turning family-sustaining middle class jobs into low-income ones.
The Christmas holiday and coming year will be a little sweeter for thousands of families across our state, following passage of the minimum wage ballot question. As of January 1, 2014, approximately 400,000 families will begin to earn some additional income, which will go a long way towards making ends meet, affording an extra meal, spending more time with family, and being able to fulfill a child’s Christmas wish.
Today, Newark teachers, union members, community allies, and local residents took to the streets to protest destructive budget cuts, school closures, and top-down policies which undermine Newark’s public school system.
Turnpike and Parkway workers are battling against privatization and fighting to keep their jobs. Yesterday’s picket to oppose privatization was a tremendous success, bringing together 60 supporters representing a diverse group of unions. Your solidarity is the key to preserving these jobs, and we once again ask that you lend your support.
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION: Join with Newark Teachers Union and Local Community Partners to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education
The promise of public education is simple. First, schools should provide equal opportunity for all students despite factors like race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Second, those closest to the education process – teachers, administrators, school staff, students, their parents, and community members – must have a voice in education policy and practice.
In an incredible showing of solidarity, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO joined with Walmart workers, union members, community partners, UFCW locals, and the OUR Walmart coalition in front of Walmart stores in Secaucus and Cherry Hill to demand respect and fair wages for workers. These events were two of over a hundred protests held around the nation to combat the race to the bottom for wages and working conditions being perpetuated by the world’s largest retailer.
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