TRENTON – New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech released the following statement on the passing of Former Governor Brendan T. Byrne:
March 2-3, 2018
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The New Jersey State AFL-CIO looks forward to welcoming all of our union sisters to the 15th Annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Conference that will take place at the Hilton East Brunswick from March 2-3, 2018.
As we turn the page on 2017, we wanted to thank you for your solidarity and support and recognize our many collective achievements. Click below for an e-newsletter highlighting our activities that have laid the foundation for a successful 2018. Once again, thank you for all you do, and we wish you and your family good health and prosperity throughout the New Year.
On behalf of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, we wish you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season. It remains our privilege to fight side-by-side with you for the principles and values that define our labor movement.
The U.S. Senate passed the GOP tax scam by a party line vote of 51-48 and it’s no surprise that such a deceptive bill had to be passed in the middle of the night. The public realizes that this bill amounts to welfare for the rich and a tax increase for everyone else.
Our election success this year showed the power of our collective voice. By shopping union, we can likewise show the power of our collective wallets. With every purchase of union-made goods, we aren’t just supporting good-paying union jobs, we are also helping to raise compensation standards for all workers.
The GOP tax scam was passed by the U.S. House today, 227-203, however the reconciled bill must still be voted on in the U.S. Senate before reaching the president’s desk. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO strongly condemns this outcome that amounts to welfare for the rich at the expense of working families.
The U.S. Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME, is expected to be argued as early as February of next year. The court’s ruling will have drastic implications on all workers with the potential to make every public sector job in the country Right-to-Work overnight.