According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, union membership nationwide dropped by 0.4 percent to 10.7 percent in 2016. However, in New Jersey, the work of our affiliates to organize and strengthen our collective voice is having an impact.
Republicans in the Senate are moving fast to try to push through President Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointments.
One of their priorities is Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Trump’s nominee for secretary of health and human services. During his confirmation hearings, Price refused to say whether he’d oppose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid benefits. He also has been a vocal supporter of taking away health benefits from millions of people by repealing the Affordable Care Act and even opposes the idea of banning insurance companies from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions.
While we are disappointed that the Senate did not secure enough votes to override Governor Christie’s veto of the Pay Equity Act yesterday, we are hopeful for what the future holds. Union members, community activists, and an outpouring of general public support made it clear during Saturday’s historic march that the people demand substantive action to respect women’s rights and ensure economic fairness and social equality for all.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO runs the most successful Labor Candidates Program in the country. Since its inception, 915 union members have been elected to offices as diverse as U.S. Congress, state Senate and Assembly, on County Freeholder Boards, in our towns as Mayors, Aldermen, Committee and Council Members, Fire Commissioners and on School Boards across the state. These victories have made life better for all working people in New Jersey by advancing pro-worker causes at every level of government.
The State Senate will vote today on whether or not to override the Governor’s veto of pay equity legislation. Time and time again, Christie has stood in the way of closing the pay gap for women in New Jersey, and we need to state loud and clear that enough is enough.
CLICK HERE to contact your state Senator and urge him or her to override the governor’s veto of the Pay Equity Act.
More than one million people marched over the weekend in Washington, DC, Trenton, and around the world to declare that we will not be silent, and that the fight for women’s rights must go on despite the new White House administration.
Across our state, more than 15,000 union members and community allies marched as one in the streets on Saturday and we recognize our many affiliates for showing their solidarity and support for the issues at stake, including equal pay, education, workers’ rights, Medicare, jobs, women’s healthcare, and 20 million Americans who are at risk of losing their health insurance.
The question on many people’s minds now is where we go from here.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to stand with our union brothers and sisters and community allies from around the nation to support the Women’s March on Washington. CLICK HERE for details.
Thousands of union members – women and men alike – will come together this weekend to stand up for gender justice, equality and opportunity for all.
President-Elect Donald Trump promised he wasn’t going to change Medicare if elected. But his pick for health and human services secretary, Tom Price, has been a vocal supporter of dismantling Medicare and leaving seniors to pick up the tab.