National “Right to Work” legislation was introduced by Republican Congressmen Steve King and Joe Wilson on Wednesday. This anti-worker policy would be devastating to wages, benefits, and the ability of workers to have a voice on the job. Despite misleading rhetoric, “Right to Work” does not enhance the rights of workers; it is designed solely for the purpose of dismantling unions.
This is a bill that threatens the foundation of the labor movement in all 50 states, and must be stopped. We need all hands on deck to defeat this bill. What you can do right now is call your members of Congress and tell them to oppose “Right to Work”. CLICK HERE for a directory of New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation.
Today, Black History Month begins during a week of increasing racial and social tensions. From the Women’s March to the travel ban targeting majority-Muslim countries, we are reminded of how much work lies ahead of us in the fight for equality. At the same time, we can’t forget the progress that has been made possible thanks to the contributions of generations of African Americans who have contributed politically, scientifically, culturally and socially to improve our country. From novels, poetry and music, to essays, inventions and marches, their contributions continue to inspire us today.
The confirmation hearing for President Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder has been delayed once again. With the hearing now scheduled for February 7th, we must keep the pressure on the Senate to oppose his confirmation.
CLICK HERE to send an e-mail to your U.S. Senators, expressing your opposition to Puzder as Labor Secretary.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is appalled by President Trump’s executive order, barring refugees and nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The fallout from this reckless and ill-advised policy has already become apparent with students, families, and other legal residents finding themselves stranded and unable to return to the U.S.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, union membership nationwide dropped by 0.4 percent to 10.7 percent in 2016. However, in New Jersey, the work of our affiliates to organize and strengthen our collective voice is having an impact.
Republicans in the Senate are moving fast to try to push through President Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointments.
One of their priorities is Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Trump’s nominee for secretary of health and human services. During his confirmation hearings, Price refused to say whether he’d oppose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid benefits. He also has been a vocal supporter of taking away health benefits from millions of people by repealing the Affordable Care Act and even opposes the idea of banning insurance companies from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions.
While we are disappointed that the Senate did not secure enough votes to override Governor Christie’s veto of the Pay Equity Act yesterday, we are hopeful for what the future holds. Union members, community activists, and an outpouring of general public support made it clear during Saturday’s historic march that the people demand substantive action to respect women’s rights and ensure economic fairness and social equality for all.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO runs the most successful Labor Candidates Program in the country. Since its inception, 915 union members have been elected to offices as diverse as U.S. Congress, state Senate and Assembly, on County Freeholder Boards, in our towns as Mayors, Aldermen, Committee and Council Members, Fire Commissioners and on School Boards across the state. These victories have made life better for all working people in New Jersey by advancing pro-worker causes at every level of government.
The State Senate will vote today on whether or not to override the Governor’s veto of pay equity legislation. Time and time again, Christie has stood in the way of closing the pay gap for women in New Jersey, and we need to state loud and clear that enough is enough.
CLICK HERE to contact your state Senator and urge him or her to override the governor’s veto of the Pay Equity Act.
More than one million people marched over the weekend in Washington, DC, Trenton, and around the world to declare that we will not be silent, and that the fight for women’s rights must go on despite the new White House administration.
Across our state, more than 15,000 union members and community allies marched as one in the streets on Saturday and we recognize our many affiliates for showing their solidarity and support for the issues at stake, including equal pay, education, workers’ rights, Medicare, jobs, women’s healthcare, and 20 million Americans who are at risk of losing their health insurance.
The question on many people’s minds now is where we go from here.