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.
965 Labor Candidate Victories
Labor has done it again. The election of Sister Dahlia Vertreese, IUOE 68, as the Mayor of Hillside is a victory that bears the union label. Labor’s efforts were the heart and soul of this operation as hundreds of our brothers and sisters from across the region spent all week knocking on doors, planting lawn signs, distributing mail, and making calls late into the evening around the holidays – all following a rigorous campaign for the general election just a month ago.
Polls Open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Hillside runoff election takes place tomorrow, and union members from near and far will mobilize in support of Sister Dahlia Vertreese in her race for mayor. Labor walks, phone banks, and other GOTV activities will run throughout the day and be staged from Dahlia Vertreese Campaign Headquarters at the following time and place.
The Hillside runoff election is 3 days away, and this morning more than 80 union volunteers were out in force. If we can keep up this momentum, a victory on Tuesday, December 5th is all but certain. This will be a tight race decided by only a few votes, and there is no doubt that the edge will go to the side that works the hardest.
It is nothing short of appalling that GOP leadership in Congress has spent months fighting tooth-and-nail to pass a bill that cuts taxes on Big Businesses and the wealthy while taking a hatchet to the financial futures of millions of middle class Americans. This deficit-ballooning boondoggle will have adverse ramifications on the country and New Jersey for decades to come, and it is shameful that this matter of the utmost national significance was passed in such a partisan and rushed way.