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ELECTION DAY: Vote to Make History!

Polls Open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Election Day is finally here, and we are counting on you now, more than ever, to join for one final push to get voters to the polls in support of Hillary Clinton for president as well as all endorsed candidates, including 51 rank-and-file union members who will be on the ballot. All the work we have done up to this point – making phone calls and knocking on doors – depends on the effort we put forth today.

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Sweeney and Labor Officials Announce “Buy America” Initiative, Assembly Committees Advance Pro-Worker Bills


Today in Trenton, the voice of New Jersey’s working families was heard loud and clear. New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech and Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan joined with Senate President Stephen Sweeney and labor officials to announce a vitally important “Buy America” initiative that would create much needed jobs in New Jersey.

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Attention State, County, and Municipal Employees: Protect Your Pension through PERS Trustee Nominations


The nominations process for selecting Trustees to serve on the PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) Board is currently underway. It is imperative that every eligible public employee participates in order to ensure a secure retirement future.

There are a total of three seats up this election cycle: one state, one county, and one municipal. The Public Employee Committee (PEC) of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed the below candidates for re-election to the PERS Board based upon their excellent representation to date and the fact they are active union members.

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SAVE THE DATE: WILD Conference March 3-4, 2017


The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to announce the 14th Annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Conference that will take place at the Hilton East Brunswick from March 3-4, 2017.

This year’s conference will offer new and enlightening insights into building leadership skills, women’s labor history, and the fight for our economic future. This year in particular will feature prominent speakers on the subjects of organizing and leadership. Since we plan to have our nation’s first woman president in the White House, the conference will also discuss the motivating effect this historic event will have in terms of encouraging women’s leadership roles.

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National Days of Action to Stop TPP: Call-In Day (Nov. 16) & Lobby Day (Nov. 30)


The labor movement is fighting to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) because working people cannot afford another giveaway to companies that have profited from shipping our jobs overseas and from exploiting both low-cost labor and lax safety/environmental standards around the world.

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CD 5 Upset Would be a Major Win for Workers


Polling shows that New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District is one of the most fiercely contested races in the nation. This gives workers a golden opportunity to unseat entrenched seven-term incumbent Scott Garrett, whose lifetime record on workers’ issues is a whopping zero percent.

Scott Garrett is a Tea Party extremist who isn’t just anti worker; he has spent his time in Congress voting against women’s rights, veterans, first responders, civil rights, modernizing New Jersey’s infrastructure, and job creation. You read that right. Garrett, has cast votes in opposition to all of these issues and more. CLICK HERE to see his record for yourself.

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Celebrate "Songs of Solidarity" At Free Newark Concert


The presidential election has produced a lot of divisive talk, which to say the least, has become both exhausting and frustrating. Fortunately, there is a free concert coming up in Newark that is sure to boost your spirits. CLICK HERE for an event flyer.


Saturday, October 22, 2016


4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Old First Presbyterian Church
820 Broad St.
Newark, NJ 07102 United States

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Upcoming Presidential and VP Debate Streams

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers Program is prepared to live stream the remaining three presidential and vice presidential debates. Each debate will be aired from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

Vice Presidential Debate:

Tuesday, October 4th

Presidential Town Hall Debate:

Sunday, October 9th

Final Presidential Debate:

Wednesday, October 19t

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Assembly Approves Unemployment Benefits for Striking Workers


Today, members of the state Assembly passed S-2160/A-3819, a bill that will allow workers to access unemployment benefits after 30 days on strike or depending on the nature of the labor dispute. We thank our many affiliates and allies, who joined us in supporting this important legislation, and urge the governor to, for once, put the interests of working families first and sign this measure into law.

CLICK HERE to see how your legislators voted.

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TAKE ACTION: Assembly to Vote on Unemployment Benefits for Striking Workers

The state Assembly is scheduled to vote this Thursday on a bill that would allow workers to access unemployment benefits after 30 days on strike or depending on the nature of the labor dispute. Take a moment right now to urge your state Assembly members to support A-3819. Far too often, workers are being taken advantage of by unscrupulous companies that use their clout to force workers into accepting unreasonable wages and working conditions.

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