Our brothers and sisters from Teamsters Local 701 have been locked out by the Shore Point Distributing Company, and there has been a wave of community solidarity in response to the employer’s egregious actions. We applaud the many local businesses who have decided to suspend business with Shore Point until the company ends the lockout. We also thank Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, who will not permit Shore Point products to be sold at the NJ Seafood Festival.
We urge all affiliates to show their solidarity by joining our brothers and sisters on the picket line which will operate 24/7 in front of the company headquarters located at 100 Shore Point Drive; Freehold, NJ 07728. Don’t forget to wear your union colors.
While the U.S. House passed its amended health care plan today by a slim majority of 217 to 213, the fight to defend access to affordable health care for millions of Americans is not over. The bill still needs to get through the Senate where we must do everything in our power to stop it.
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Trump/Ryan Care is back from the dead and getting pushed through the House at lightning speed. A vote is expected this morning, and we must band together to defeat the amended plan, which is worse than the original.
The best way to make your voice heard is to call 866-829-3298 right now and urge your representative to vote NO on the AHCA. If you would like more information on the destructive aspects of this plan, CLICK HERE. The New Jersey Delegation played a crucial role in stopping the original health care debacle, so outreach to your representatives will be key.
Congress is expected to recess from May 4th to May 10th and members of Congress are planning to host town halls in their home districts. This is an opportunity to make sure our representatives hear from us on the crucial issues being discussed in Washington, from health care and taxes to jobs and workers’ rights.
On its surface it may seem harmless, but a House bill modifying overtime rules would mean lower wages and more headaches for workers. At a time when working families are struggling to make ends meet, this type of out-of-touch representation is shameful.
May 1st is International Workers Day. More than 10 million people across the country are expected to take to the streets to demand justice for working people and immigrants. The rules of trade and outdated immigration policies have put profit over people for too long, and the New Jersey State AFL-CIO continues to stand strong with our brothers and sisters in pursuit of justice.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO realizes that our efforts must extend beyond a single day of action and is a leader in the fight for immigrant rights in our state. Through a collaborative project with Hudson and Union County governments, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO spearheaded the creation of We Are One NJ, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides support services to legal permanent residents seeking to attain U.S. citizenship.
Every year on April 28th, we take the time to honor workers who have lost their lives on the job and renew our commitment to fighting for every worker’s right to a safe, fair-paying job.
In the past we have won new protections for workers. When mine workers struggled with exposure to silica dust and beryllium, damaging their lungs and leading to cancer, we won new rules to limit exposure for mine workers and protect them from retaliation after reporting injuries and illness from job conditions.
It’s important to know what’s going on in Washington because the decisions made there affect all of us. There has been a flurry of activity since Congress returned from its recess, and we must remain vigilant in the fight to defend our livelihoods. Two of the top issues confronting working families are Trump’s reckless tax proposal and Congressman MacArthur’s health care amendment. The onslaught of information is intended to trip us up, but we’re not going to let them pull the wool over our eyes. The below list provides highlights of how these proposals may impact us so that we can stay informed and defend our economic future.
House Could Vote on Revised Health Care Bill as Early as Tomorrow (Thursday, April 27, 2017)
Adding insult to injury, the House is developing an alternative to the recently failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that is WORSE for working families than the original bill.
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This week is the last chance for Congress to pass the Miners Protection Act, which will continue to provide the healthcare benefits and pensions for retired miners made vulnerable by corporate bankruptcies and the financial crisis.
The United States government made a promise to mineworkers in 1947 guaranteeing their healthcare and retirement due to the dangerous and essential nature of their work. If Congress fails to act by April 28, more than 22,000 retired coal miners will lose their healthcare benefits and livelihoods.