Yesterday, June 14th, the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Freeholder Vice-Chairman, New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidate and IBEW 164 brother Thomas J. Sullivan, passed a resolution authorizing support for Nabisco Workers and the protection of American jobs.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates HPAE on reaching a tentative agreement for 120 addiction treatment workers at AAC/Sunrise House. This victory could not have been possible without the solidarity and assistance of our many affiliates, who walked with our brothers and sisters on the picket line and sent letters to management during a strike and lockout which took place over the last three weeks.
With deep regrets, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO would like to inform you that Helen Verhage peacefully passed away this last Sunday, June 11th, in her home at the age of 88.
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New Jersey will be a focal point in the world of politics this year. We are one of two states to hold a governor’s race – the other being Virginia. All 40 state Senate seats and all 80 state Assembly seats will be up for grabs, and there will be more than 50 rank-and-file union members on the ballot this year.
A-4927, the bill to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave law, received a hearing in the Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee, which voted 4 to 1 to advance the bill. We thank Speaker Prieto and Assembly members Oliver and Gusciora, who are the prime sponsors of the bill in the Assembly. We further thank all committee members who voted in support.
The Assembly has introduced legislation, A-4927, to improve upon our state’s successful paid family leave program. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliates championed the original law that was enacted in 2009. Now, with your support, we can make this policy even better for working families.
U.S. Congressman and labor elected official Donald Norcross from IBEW 351, joined with several lawmakers on Capitol Hill yesterday to introduce a bill that would raise the federal wage from the current level of $7.25 to $15.00 an hour by 2024 and index the minimum wage to the median wage starting in 2025.
We are calling on all affiliates to provide whatever support they can to our brothers and sisters, who were locked out of their jobs more than four weeks ago by the Shore Point Distributing Company. These 113 workers are members of Teamsters Local 701 and will continue to fight for a fair contract and respect on the job.