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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Statement on Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee’s Approval of Early Voting Bill

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO commends those elected officials who voted in favor of (S-2364) to extend in-person early voting opportunities to the community and to encourage increased participation in our state’s democratic process. The bill was released from the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee along party lines with Democrats voting in favor and Republicans in opposition. A breakdown of the vote is below. While there are state legislatures across the nation pursuing laws to restrict voting through voter ID laws, we are proud that legislation is being advanced in New Jersey to increase access to voting. In-person early voting is already practiced in 32 states as well as the District of Columbia.

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Taking it to the Streets

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The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to join with Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. and coalition partners to debut a brand-new state-of-the-art voter registration van which will kick our voter registration and community mobilization into high gear. Equipped with internet connections and computers, this van allows us to take our entire voter registration operation to the streets and to engage communities in the democratic process.

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Labor and Community Allies Kickoff Groundbreaking Voter Registration Action Plan for Trenton Communities

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join with several union affiliates and local community organizations at a Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. coalition meeting in Trenton yesterday at the Lighthouse Outreach Church. The meeting generated a great deal of volunteer commitments to advance our coalition’s voter registration goals in the community. This meeting follows a successful event which took place in Newark two weeks ago and produced the same enthusiasm and eagerness to get to work.

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Applauds Assembly Passage of Constitutional Amendment to Increase the Minimum Wage

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and community allies consider raising the minimum wage and including a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to be a top priority for our state. In order to provide economic stability to low-income workers, New Jersey needs a permanent fix for calculating its minimum wage, and that means establishing an annual COLA.

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Applauds Senate Passage of Constitutional Amendment to Increase the Minimum Wage

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and community allies consider raising the minimum wage and including a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to be a top priority for our state. In order to provide economic stability to low-income workers, New Jersey needs a permanent fix for calculating its minimum wage, and that means establishing an annual COLA.

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Urge Your State Senator to Support Increasing the Minimum Wage

Raise_NJs_Minimum_Wage.jpgCLICK HERE to send a pre-written message urging your state senator to support SCR-1 to raise the minimum wage.

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its community allies consider raising the minimum wage and including a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to be a top priority for our state. In order to provide economic stability to low-income workers, New Jersey needs a permanent fix for calculating its minimum wage, and that means establishing an annual COLA. Unfortunately, last week Governor Christie conditionally vetoed legislation seeking to increase the minimum wage and eliminated the COLA. For this reason, the only way to achieve passage in 2013 is by placing it on the ballot for voter approval.

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Statement on Governor Christie’s Conditional Veto of Minimum Wage Legislation

TRENTON – New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement concerning the Governor’s conditional veto of legislation (A-2162) that seeks to increase the minimum wage and includes an annual cost of living adjustment (COLA).

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ACTION NEEDED: Congress Must Move Beyond Debt to Fix Our Economy

CLICK HERE if you would like to tell Congress to move beyond the debt debate and get to work fixing our economy by investing in jobs, infrastructure, and economic security.

The fiscal cliff was averted, but the deadline to address the debt ceiling was only pushed a few months down the road, and working families now face damaging across-the-board sequestration cuts unless Congress takes action. So why is it that our country is in this glut, moving from one fiscal debate to another? The answer is because it is a way for right wing leadership to keep Congressional focus on national debt and cutting government spending.

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