All sectors of the labor movement come together each April 28th to pay tribute to the workers who have become ill or died on the job, and to renew our fight for safe workplaces. We honor our fallen colleagues who literally gave their lives to their jobs and strive for work that is safe and healthy and that pays fair, family sustaining wages.
New Jersey consistently ranks among the lowest states in the country in worker fatalities and injuries due to our strong union presence here and the strength of our union family. Nonetheless, work-related accidents claimed the lives of 36 men and women in 2015, according to preliminary estimates. As recently as last week, a construction worker in Jersey City fell down an elevator shaft and lost his life.
NJ AFL-CIO Joins Picket Line, Leads Statehouse Rally
With their strike against Verizon in its 13th day, our brothers and sisters at CWA and IBEW got a big boost of support during a noontime rally in front of the New Jersey Statehouse.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO, its affiliated unions and community partners stood shoulder to shoulder with the striking workers to demand a fair contract from this greedy and profitable telecom company.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of Sister Lizette Parker’s passing at the age of 44. As a member of CWA Local 1031 and New Jersey State AFL-CIO labor candidate, she was first elected to the Teaneck Township Council in 2006 and reelected in May 2014. She was unanimously voted as mayor by the township council, becoming the first African American woman to serve as mayor in Teaneck and Bergen County, NJ.
Too many of our brothers and sisters are killed or seriously injured on the job each year, while others die or become permanently disabled because of work-related illnesses and diseases.
Workers Memorial Day on April 28th is the day set aside to remember our fallen colleagues, as well as to renew our resolve to demand safe environments for all workers. April 28th was chosen because it is the anniversary of the formation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Here is the list of Workers Memorial Day events to honor these workers:
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program has extended its recent streak of victories with the re-election of union sister Elizabeth Gray to the Garfield Board of Education.
The AFTNJ vice president first won election to the board three years ago after successfully completing the NJ AFL-CIO’s Labor Candidates School.
A former president of AFT Local 3977, Garfield Federation of Teachers, Gray was the highest vote-getter in the April 19 school board election. She had been endorsed by the Bergen County Central Labor Council.
Our CWA and IBEW brothers and sisters who are striking against corporate greed at Verizon are counting on our support in their ongoing fight to earn a sustainable living.
By standing up to preserve their rights on the job, these brave middle-class workers are standing up for the rights of all of us. Here are some things we can do to help:
Democrats and Republicans in the Assembly Judiciary Committee joined together last week to unanimously support bill A-3614. The bill – released from committee with a 7-0 vote – charts a responsible course for Atlantic City to recover from unprecedented consolidation of the casino industry.
Our video recaps the testimony and captures what the issue means for Atlantic City’s workers. Please watch it here:
Compromise Atlantic City Recovery Bill (A-3614) Passed Unanimously Out of Committee with Bipartisan Support
The Assembly Judiciary Committee voted unanimously, 7-0, on Thursday to move ahead with a responsible compromise bill that gives Atlantic City the time and support it needs to recover from serious economic challenges brought on by the consolidation of the casino industry.
Speaker Vincent Prieto’s bill, A-3614, has the bipartisan support of the entire Assembly Judiciary Committee. New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan testified for the state federation, with unions representing police and firefighters, teachers, city sanitation workers, government employees packing the room to express their support.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our brothers and sisters fighting for justice and a fair contract at Verizon.
Corporate profits and executive compensation are at record levels while workers’ wages remain under extreme pressure. It’s not hard to see why. Verizon is earning $1.8 billion in profits every month, but rather fairly compensating workers, who make these profits possible, Verizon is demanding unreasonable cuts that undermine their livelihood.
Join our CWA and IBEW brothers and sisters as they fight for justice. Pickets will be held starting on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, and run seven days a week. CLICK HERE for a map of current locations.