During a statehouse press conference, New Jersey State AFL-CIO officers, President Charles Wowkanech and Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan, joined with Governor-Elect Murphy, Congressman Donald Norcross (IBEW 351), Senate President Steve Sweeney (Ironworkers 399), and Speaker-Elect Craig Coughlin to make it clear that New Jersey will lead the nation forward in the fight to raise workers’ wages.
2017 was a banner year for working people in New Jersey thanks to your efforts. And now we have the chance to show our solidarity once again by supporting our union Sister Dahlia Vertreese (IUOE 68) in the runoff election for Hillside Mayor that will take place 17 days from now on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
With the announcement of his transition team, Governor-Elect Murphy has selected several state labor leaders to serve on committees that will address various issues, including education, labor and workforce development, transportation and infrastructure, and building a stronger economy for all. A full list of committee appointments can be found HERE.
Please find below an updated vote tally on yesterday’s vote on the GOP tax bill for the New Jersey House Delegation. The news source used for our previous notification excluded Representative Frelinghuysen as a vote in opposition to the bill.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates our IBEW 94 brothers and sisters on securing a first contract at the NAES Co-Generation plant in Linden, New Jersey. This was a hard fought campaign, and we recognize the solidarity of both workers and Local 94 for making this victory possible. The Co-Gen plant has been in operation for 26 years without a union in place, making this success for the 39 member workforce all the more powerful.
The U.S. House is expected to vote tomorrow on Trump’s tax sham, and we urge every union brother and sister to express their strong opposition. CLICK HERE to take action now.
Labor won big this year, and the news just got better. After a tight race for Florence Township Council, our brother from LIUNA 172, Frank Baldorossi, Jr., prevailed. The final vote tally was 645 to 624, a difference of only 21 votes. We also congratulate IBEW 351 Brother Steve Light, who was elected to serve as a member of Absecon Council and our brother from IBEW 3, Michael Soriano, who secured a major victory in his race for Parsippany mayor.
Labor Candidates Notch 962nd Win
In addition to securing a victory in the gubernatorial election, the labor movement was also successful in expanding pro-worker majorities in the New Jersey State Legislature, an achievement that separates New Jersey from the rest of the nation, and will ensure that organized labor shapes the future policies of our state.