The Hillside runoff election is 3 days away, and this morning more than 80 union volunteers were out in force. If we can keep up this momentum, a victory on Tuesday, December 5th is all but certain. This will be a tight race decided by only a few votes, and there is no doubt that the edge will go to the side that works the hardest.
It is nothing short of appalling that GOP leadership in Congress has spent months fighting tooth-and-nail to pass a bill that cuts taxes on Big Businesses and the wealthy while taking a hatchet to the financial futures of millions of middle class Americans. This deficit-ballooning boondoggle will have adverse ramifications on the country and New Jersey for decades to come, and it is shameful that this matter of the utmost national significance was passed in such a partisan and rushed way.
The national AFL-CIO is coordinating efforts to help families in Puerto Rico recover in the aftermath of the hurricane by delivering vital supplies to unions and support teams working on the island. CLICK HERE to read the memo issued by national AFL-CIO President Trumka which provides detailed instructions on how your local union can donate supplies. Deliveries must be made first thing next week, so please don’t delay if you would like to make a contribution. A sample label can be found HERE for your convenience.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to announce the 15th Annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Conference that will take place at the Hilton East Brunswick from March 2-3, 2018. Be sure to mark your calendars because this will be a milestone conference that you don’t want to miss.
Our union Sister Dahlia Vertreese of IUOE 68 is running for Hillside Mayor and needs your support to win. There has been a strong showing from a couple of unions, but we need to engage the full strength of our labor movement and rally behind our sister as we did for our endorsed candidates in November.
With the Hillside runoff election only 10 days away, labor hasn’t let up in its effort to elect our union Sister Dahlia Vertreese as the town’s next mayor. Even over the holiday weekend with most families discussing politics at the table, labor is talking as well as walking to bring a positive change to the community.
There is much to be thankful for this year, but one thing we can all appreciate is the value of labor’s collective voice. We are fortunate to live in a time and place where all workers have the right to join together in unions to advocate for respect, dignity and justice on the job and in their communities. Furthermore, through the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program, no other state has done more to elevate the voice of workers across all levels of government.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote shortly after Thanksgiving on Trump’s tax scam, and we urge every union brother and sister to express their strong opposition by clicking HERE. We are fortunate that both of our U.S. Senators are fighting against Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy, but your voice will further empower them to make a stronger case in opposition to the bill.