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.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to stand with our union brothers and sisters and community allies from around the nation to support the Women’s March on Washington. CLICK HERE for details.
Thousands of union members – women and men alike – will come together this weekend to stand up for gender justice, equality and opportunity for all.
President-Elect Donald Trump promised he wasn’t going to change Medicare if elected. But his pick for health and human services secretary, Tom Price, has been a vocal supporter of dismantling Medicare and leaving seniors to pick up the tab.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we commemorate Martin Luther King Day, we honor a one of our nation’s most influential and inspiring leaders. Not only did Dr. King carry the banner of civil rights, he also stood with working people fighting to make their voices heard on the job.
In nominating Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump is going back on his campaign commitment to stand up for average working families. The problem is not that Puzder is a CEO, it’s that he has cut corners and shortchanged workers at every turn in order to fatten his profits.
CLICK HERE to send an e-mail to your U.S. Senators, expressing your opposition to Puzder as Labor Secretary.
Virtually everything working people have gained to improve health and retirement security since the New Deal is now at risk, including Medicare, Medicaid, workplace health plans, the coverage gains of the Affordable Care Act, and Social Security.
Republicans in Congress are rushing to approve so-called “health reform” plans with breathtaking speed that would effectively end these major forms of coverage as we know them without providing replacement coverage to the 30 million Americans who will become uninsured as a result of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
A few days ago, The Hill newspaper reported that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Republicans are prioritizing the dismantling of health care for millions of Americans – and that includes Medicare. They think they have a mandate to destroy Medicare, despite the fact that poll after poll shows Americans oppose cuts to their earned Medicare benefits.
This week, tens of thousands of people across the country will be joining a call-in day to Congress to demand their representative oppose cuts to Medicare.