The New Jersey State AFL-CIO issued the following statement after listening to Gov. Christie’s FY17 budget address:
The governor is out of touch with the realities facing New Jersey’s working families, who are worse off today than they were when he took office in 2010. Though his administration has given out billions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations to create and sustain private-sector jobs, New Jersey has not recovered all the jobs lost in the 2008 Great Recession, unlike neighboring states. Eight thousand Atlantic City casino-industry workers have been laid off, with no solid plan to help them back to their feet. Property taxes are still higher than any state in the country, topping $8,100 on average.
The campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour and help lift millions of working families out of poverty is gaining momentum on the federal and state levels, thanks to the efforts of two elected union brothers, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (CD-1) and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (LD-3).
Rep. Norcross plans to introduce federal legislation raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2023. The phase in is intended to provide a cushion to small business to allow owners time to adjust to paying the higher rate without resorting to layoffs.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech appeared before the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) on Tuesday to report harsh, anti-union tactics – including unjust firings – by Deep Foods, a large Union County-based Indian foods maker that EDA previously granted up to $27 million in taxpayer-funded, job-creation subsidies.
“Why would New Jersey spend millions of dollars in public taxpayers’ money to help a company that does not respect its employees,” President Wowkanech asked the EDA, after learning of the tax incentive program approved for Deep Foods. “Since being approved for up to $26.9 million from the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program, Deep Foods has betrayed the community’s trust by engaging in textbook anti-union, anti-worker tactics. New Jersey taxpayers should not subsidize such irresponsible behavior.”
"The only tired I was, was tired of giving in."
– Rosa Parks
It was about 60 years ago that Rosa Parks made history by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. Her courage and tenacity sparked a transportation boycott in the South and lent new strength to a burgeoning movement for civil rights. If Rosa Parks were still alive, she would have turned 103 today.
Cookie manufacturing giant Nabisco has chosen to invest $130 million more in its new $400 million plant in Salinas, Mexico, rather than invest that money in its historic bakery in Chicago. As a result, 600 workers in Chicago could lose their jobs and a predominately African-American and Latino community would be devastated. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union is conducting a comprehensive campaign to preserve these good union jobs.
We’re asking you to show your support for our BCTGM brothers and sisters by CLICKING HERE to sign the online petition to save the Chicago jobs.
Realizing that the Friedrichs case is no more than a special interest attack on all workers’ rights, Building Trades leaders called for solidarity in the face of the latest threat to our livelihoods.
Deep Foods, Inc., the leading Indian food manufacturer in the U.S. based in Union, NJ, has taken a page out of the union buster’s playbook, launching a shameful campaign of intimidation and deception against its workers seeking to join RWDSU Local 262.
While most of Deep Foods’ 239 employees, including 49 warehouse workers, expressed an interest in forming a union, the company has resolved to fight the organizing drive every step of the way. Management is using stall tactics, spreading misinformation, and unjustly fired two employees for supporting the union. Not surprisingly, the company’s unscrupulous behavior is devastating to those workers who simply want to exercise their right to a voice on the job.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan made a strong case that “a union contract is the greatest pay equalizer” during an event announcing new state legislation to help close the gender wage gap for women.
Laurel was among the invited speakers at the event hosted by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Democratic Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. It was held to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was signed by President Obama to give women who were paid unfairly more time to seek a remedy.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement on the State Investment Council’s 2015 Annual Report:
“It’s outrageous that hundreds of millions of dollars in pension funds fly out the door each year and into the hands of wealthy outside money managers. New Jersey’s retired public workers receive a $26,000 per year pension on average, so the only people getting rich off our pension system are the fund managers reaping obscene fees and bonuses,” says Wowkanech.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates RWDSU Local 108 on a sweeping organizing victory in the City of Newark where 30 drivers employed by Gateway voted unanimously to have Local 108 as their union representative.