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.
Solidarity was evident on Tuesday with more than 300 leaders and rank-and-file members representing various unions joining together with our allies and community partners for a march and rally to fight for Atlantic City’s future and city employees’ jobs.
“When labor has no role, democracy has no future,” New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech told the cheering crowd. “An injustice to one is an injustice to all.”
More than 39,000 workers from Massachusetts to Virginia, who are members of CWA and IBEW, are set to go on strike at Verizon if a fair agreement is not reached by April 13th at 6:00 a.m. Labor and management have been engaged in ten months of intense negotiations. Despite the good-faith effort of workers to come to an agreement, by offering hundreds of millions of dollars in health care concessions, the company has refused to budge and respect the legitimate concerns of workers.
Informational pickets are set to take place around the state, beginning on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. We will follow up with the details for when and where you can join a picket line. Your solidarity is critical to ensure that justice prevails in the face of blind greed.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and AFSCME District Council 71 will be leading a march and rally on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, from Caesars Atlantic City to City Hall, to express our strong support for a compromise bill (A-3614) that helps Atlantic City recover from the economic challenges brought about by consolidation of the casino industry without destroying collective bargaining or nullifying union contracts. Please join us!
March and Rally for Atlantic City’s Future & Employees' Jobs
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
12:30 p.m. March starts at Caesars Atlantic City. Meet on Atlantic Avenue.
1:00 p.m. Rally at City Hall, 1301 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City
City Sanitation Worker Making $22K Would Lose Job, Family Medical Benefits, Housing in Governor’s Takeover
Atlantic City’s financial crisis is taking a toll on city workers like Ahmid A. Abdullah Sr., a 39-year-old sanitation truck driver who finds it nearly impossible to support his family on his $22,000 yearly salary. The only raises he has received in 12 years in the Public Works Department have come through collective bargaining.
Abdullah urges the Legislature to “put yourselves in our place,” and vote for A-3614, the compromise bill that restores Atlantic City without dismantling collective bargaining, civil service, labor protections and more.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and many affiliated unions from across the tristate area packed the Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday morning to express unanimous support for an Atlantic City Recovery bill that allows the city to come back from its financial challenges without dismantling union members’ collective bargaining rights.
Speaker Vincent Prieto’s compromise bill, A-3614, was passed unanimously with bipartisan support by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
The 7-0 vote followed nearly two hours of passionate testimony led by New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, who told the panel, “If labor has no voice, democracy has no future.”
The following letter has been sent to members of the New Jersey General Assembly:
Demonizing unions, dismantling collective bargaining rights, stripping away the voice of local elected officials and disenfranchising voters is no “solution” to Atlantic City’s fiscal crisis. But, that’s just what the Atlantic City takeover legislation aims to do.
The bill being touted as the answer to Atlantic City’s prayers would hand Gov. Christie an unprecedented and frightening amount of power over not just Atlantic City’s finances, but over numerous other cities to which the bill could be applied.
The legislation in its current form would give Gov. Christie carte blanche to dismantle previously negotiated contracts, eliminate civil service, end the right to organize and grant the state immunity against unfair labor practices. Are you prepared to hand the governor that kind of power?