The labor movement has done it again. After years of collective advocacy, education, and statewide engagement, our efforts to enact an Earned Sick Days law will come to fruition in a few short days. Therefore, we hope that you will join us next week as the Governor signs this legislation into law, ensuring that no New Jerseyan will have to choose between their health and a paycheck.
Today, an historic milestone was reached in the fight for women’s equality and universal workplace justice as Governor Phil Murphy signed the “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act” into law. This legislative effort, which was spearheaded by organized labor in New Jersey, represents years of hard work, testimony, meetings, campaigning, outreach, and coordination with stakeholders all around the state.
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend and spiritual advisor Monsignor John J. Gilchrist, whose place in our labor and faith community was without equal. Monsignor Gilchrist was an ordained priest of the Newark Archdiocese for nearly 61 years, serving for most of that time as the spiritual leader for the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council, and IUOE Local 68.
On April 28, 2018 the labor movement will once again observe Workers Memorial Day to remember workers killed or injured on the job and to renew the fight for strong safety and health protections. After years of struggle, we have enacted various measures to protect workers from hazards, however our work must continue in terms of both policy and education.
Today’s legislative session saw a series of major floor votes in the Senate and Assembly that place several labor-championed bills on the governor’s desk for signature. It goes without saying that this progress was made possible by the persistent advocacy of organized labor, in some cases through multiple election cycles and legislative sessions.
Thanks to the sustained advocacy and political engagement of organized labor, the wheels have been set in motion for several key legislative victories. Action packed voting sessions are scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2018, in the state Assembly and state Senate concerning jobs, voting rights, collective bargaining, and earned sick leave. Please find below a list of bills slated to be voted on this Thursday – for which the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliates have led the charge – along with a brief summary and progress report for each measure.
Several pro-worker bills supported by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO were voted on in committee today. Below is a summary of actions taken in the state Senate and Assembly: