True character is revealed in times of crisis and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, demonstrated unwavering courage, leadership, and love for New Jersey and its working families; we owe him and those legislators who stood strong in opposition to the Governor a sincere debt of gratitude. These champions of our state showed the political courage we would expect of all lawmakers.
We elected legislators to do a job and abstaining from a vote that has now caused a state government shutdown is unacceptable. People's livelihoods are at stake and decisive action is needed. Below is a list of legislators who have abstained and need to hear their constituents' voices:
With the state on the brink of a shutdown, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO has joined with its affiliates and progressive allies to demand that lawmakers rise above politics and put working families first by passing a clean budget.
Grid lock on the State Budget and Horizon restructuring legislation has sparked talk of a government shutdown. Yesterday, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO testified against S-4 (Vitale/Sweeney), the Horizon restructuring legislation, which was released from the Senate Budget Committee by a vote of 11-1-1 and is expected to pass the full Senate this Thursday. The Assembly version, Sponsored by Assemblywoman Pintor Marin (D-29) has not been released from committee. To see a letter from national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in opposition to the bill, CLICK HERE.
The AHCA, which seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act, would have devastating consequences for millions of Americans. In a nutshell this bill will take away access to health care for millions of Americans and enrich companies that are already reaping billions in profit from the health care industry. To say that this bill is taking the nation in the complete wrong direction is an understatement. But we know that exercising our voice can and will make the difference.
Take a moment right now to contact your U.S. Senators at 1-888-865-8089 and urge them to oppose the AHCA and instead devise measures that will strengthen the Affordable Care Act, not take us backwards.
With legislative action in Trenton heating up due to the end of the month state budget deadline, today was a busy day in Trenton. Grid lock between the Governor and Legislative leadership on school funding, raiding Horizon revenues and the lottery/pension proposal has sparked talk of a government shutdown. With this in mind, several pro-labor bills advanced in an attempt to get them on the Governor’s desk before the summer recess begins.
More than 600 delegates, representing 1,000 labor unions and one million members and their families, convened at Harrah’s Atlantic City on June 20-21, 2017, for the purpose of candidate endorsements and reaffirming the priorities of the state labor movement.
A complete list of candidate endorsements is HERE.
Yesterday, June 14th, the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Freeholder Vice-Chairman, New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidate and IBEW 164 brother Thomas J. Sullivan, passed a resolution authorizing support for Nabisco Workers and the protection of American jobs.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates HPAE on reaching a tentative agreement for 120 addiction treatment workers at AAC/Sunrise House. This victory could not have been possible without the solidarity and assistance of our many affiliates, who walked with our brothers and sisters on the picket line and sent letters to management during a strike and lockout which took place over the last three weeks.
With deep regrets, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO would like to inform you that Helen Verhage peacefully passed away this last Sunday, June 11th, in her home at the age of 88.