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One Year Later, Superstorm Sandy Recovery Continues Yet Many State Challenges Remain Unaddressed

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. For most of us, this is a day for reflection. But for thousands of New Jersey families, who remain displaced from their homes, today is yet another day of recovery and a harsh reminder of one of the most devastating storms in our state’s history.

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Elected Officials, Unions, and Community Groups Emphasize Need to Raise the Minimum Wage at Asbury Park Press Conference

Asbury_Park_Press_Conference_1.JPGWinning approval of Ballot Question #2 to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage depends on achieving a maximum voter turnout on November 5th. The vast majority of us realize that $7.25 per hour doesn’t cut it in our state. If you do the math, there simply is no way to pay for rent, utilities, child care, transportation, insurance, and health care – even if you have two or three minimum wage jobs. We all know that our state must do better.

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Star-Ledger Urges New Jersey to Vote “Yes” on Ballot Question #2 to Raise the State Minimum Wage

In an editorial printed just days before Election Day, the Star-Ledger made it clear that the right choice for voters this November 5th is to vote “Yes” on Ballot Question #2 to raise the minimum wage. In their view, “this is not a close call. It’s past time to give these underpaid workers some relief.”
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Daily Journal and Courier Post Editorials in Favor of Ballot Question #2

As opponents to raising the minimum wage ramp up attacks against Ballot Question #2, it is always encouraging to see stories in the news that cut through the rhetoric and explain why increasing the minimum wage is a good thing for struggling families and our state’s economy.

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Mayors, Elected Officials, and Labor/Community Partners Call for Approval of Minimum Wage Increase during Jersey City Leafleting & Press Conference

Jersey_City_Press_Conference_1.JPGWe thank Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, and Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith as well as all elected officials, union members, and community partners who joined together at the Journal Square PATH Station to urge commuters and local residents to vote “Yes” on Ballot Question #2 this November 5th. Ballot Question #2 is a statewide referendum that if approved by voters, would raise the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour and tie future adjustments to the cost of living.

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Cory Booker Elected to U.S. Senate by Promoting Vision of Compromise and Progress

Becomes New Jersey’s First African-American U.S. Senator

Booker_U.S._Senate_Victory_2013.JPGIn today’s Special U.S. Senate election, Senator-Elect Cory Booker soundly defeated his opponent Steve Lonegan and made history by becoming New Jersey’s first African-American U.S. Senator. This victory reaffirms the fact that New Jersey voters strongly support Cory Booker’s vision for social progress, compromise, raising New Jersey’s minimum wage via Ballot Question #2 this November 5th, and an economy that works for all. At the same time, this election sends a strong message that New Jersey families firmly reject the divisive and regressive thinking of Tea Party politicians like Steve Lonegan.
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U.S. SENATE – ELECTION TODAY: Vote Cory Booker For U.S. Senate

Polls Open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO wholeheartedly believes that the best candidate to represent New Jersey families in the U.S. Senate is Mayor Cory Booker. As mayor of Newark, Cory Booker has worked on reducing poverty and crime, as well as fighting to foster economic growth. We strongly believe Mayor Booker will be committed to fighting for the core values of the middle class, bringing a vision of compromise and compassion to the U.S. Senate.

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Letter to the Editor: Reduce CEO Worker Pay Gap With Minimum Wage Increase

TRENTON, N.J. – The following is a Letter to the Editor sent to the Philadelphia Inquirer, by Charles Wowkanech, New Jersey State AFL-CIO President, in response to an Op-Ed piece that appeared in the paper:

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