The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates our AFT brothers and sisters for their newly secured contracts and their ongoing commitment to their communities and students.
Election Day is closer than you think; we will soon head to the polls – that is of course if you are registered to vote. If you are not registered already, you must do so before the deadline of Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
Earlier this year, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO became the first in the nation to roll out the MiniVAN smartphone app for its labor walks statewide. Working throughout the summer, we continue to lay the groundwork so that we can achieve fully digital labor walks every weekend through Election Day.
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If you're someone who believes that unions are not as important as they once were, it's time to reconsider. It's not just a coincidence that the drop in union membership over the last 50 years corresponds directly with a decline in the middle class' share of national income.
Labor Day is a celebration of the work we do as well as having jobs that work to support our families and communities. Since their dawn in America, labor unions have been focused on these two overarching goals. While much progress has been made, our work will continue until every job affords workers the dignity and respect they deserve.
“Governor Christie’s veto of a phased in $15 minimum wage is sadly not surprising given his endorsement of Donald Trump, who has said that ‘wages are too high’,” stated New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “This is yet another example of the Governor putting politics before the best interests of our state.”
Congratulations to Brother Robert Lane, IUPAT 711, who was recently selected to fill an unexpired term on the Neptune Township Committee. His appointment marks the 875th victory of the labor candidates program in its 19 year history.
Workers at Pavilion Apartments in Newark voted overwhelmingly for union representation with RWDSU Local 108. The decision, which will cover 15 workers, was decided by a near unanimous vote of 11-1. These workers range from porters to superintendents with various skills to maintain and improve the residence.
On Labor Day, we recognize and honor the achievements of America’s working people. Many of us will spend the day with close family and dear friends at a barbecue, picnic or other community event. While we enjoy the fellowship of our loved ones, it also is important to reflect on the best ways working people can continue to make our voices heard in our economy and democracy.
Below are some local events you can participate in to celebrate and enjoy this important day.
20th Annual Labor Candidates School Marks Milestone with Class of 22 Union Members Seeking Public Office
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO conducted an experiment in 1997 called the Labor Candidates School that sought to train union members on the ins and outs of campaigning for public office. The results that were achieved over the next 19 years were far beyond anyone’s expectations.
CLICK HERE to see photos from the 20th Annual Labor Candidates School.