The New Jersey State AFL-CIO urges all affiliates to lend their support to our AFT brothers and sisters in West Virginia, who have been on strike for 10 days. The West Virginia state Senate turned its back on more than 33,000 teachers and school support staff by rejecting a pay-raise deal that the House of Delegates passed 98-1 and that the governor and union members support.
Equal Pay for Woman & the “Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act” Released from the Senate Labor Committee
It was a busy day at the State House today with Senate Labor Committee passing two important pro-worker pieces of legislation.
The 15th Annual WILD Conference brought together more than 300 union sisters from all sectors of organized labor, demonstrating the strength of our sisterhood and labor unity. From March 2-3, 2018, participants joined in discussions critical to ensuring respect, dignity, and safety at the workplace. Of course, WILD wouldn’t be complete without providing the latest insights into building leadership skills and applying those strategies and tools to strengthen our collective voice.
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Working people have been tested before, and emerged stronger. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing the case of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. As most of us know by now, this ruling will have a major impact on the labor movement, but we as working people have the power to endure no matter the outcome.
The collective voice of thousands of working men and women were heard all across the nation on Saturday, with a simple message: stop the attacks on collective bargaining rights. While the Janus court case poses the latest threat to workers’ livelihoods, there has been a constant stream of attacks, funded by corporate America and advanced by right-wing politicians for decades. Yet it is clear from the solidarity shown today, by a full spectrum of American workers, that these attacks will be stopped and exposed for what they are.
Congratulations to our Brother, Congressman Donald Norcross, on his appointment to the bipartisan House and Senate Joint Select Committee on Multiemployer Pensions where we look forward to his continued leadership on behalf of working families.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO looks forward to joining with our affiliates, community allies, and elected officials to reflect on and discuss the five year anniversary of Pope Francis. The event will feature Archbishop of Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. CLICK HERE for a printable flyer.
National Workers’ Day of Action this Saturday, Feb. 24th
The full strength of the labor movement is needed to stop the attacks on collective bargaining rights. This Saturday, all across the country, union members, community allies, and working families will make their voices heard as part of the nationwide Workers’ Day of Action. But this is about more than one day of activism. We need to mobilize, organize, and engage everyday to stand up for our right to collectively bargain.