Christie Tells It Like He Wants It to Be.
Gov. Christie didn’t let facts get in the way during this month’s State-of-the-State speech. While he devoted 11-and-a-half minutes to union bashing, we deconstruct the lies and “Tell It Like It Really Is” in just over a minute. Please watch, then share:
Dr. Martin Luther King gave his life for civil rights and social justice. He dreamed of a society in which men and women are judged by their actions, treated equally and with respect, and given an opportunity to attain the American Dream.
Dr. King was a champion of workers’ rights. The final civil disobedience campaign of his life was waged in solidarity with sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., who asked for his help during a long strike for job safety, better wages and benefits and recognition of their union.
Despite the governor’s sound bites, bullying and rhetoric, the fact remains that New Jersey is in far worse shape today than when he was sworn in six years ago. While the governor wags a finger of blame at unions, the reality is that he is responsible for this mess. His failed policies mean that families are working harder and bringing home less than at any time in recent history. The only ones moving up the economic ladder are those already on the top rungs. Why would anyone vote for a failed state official to run the whole country?
Gov. Christie paused his floundering presidential campaign to deliver his annual State of the State address on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. He’s been out of state so much – all or part of 261 days last year – campaigning in New Hampshire and Iowa that it’s hard to imagine that our governor knows, or cares, how the working families back home are really doing:
Legislature OKs Ballot Questions to Fund Pensions, Transportation; Senate Approves Casino Expansion Proposal
The Legislature wrapped up the session on Monday by approving ballot questions asking voters to dedicate additional funds to transportation projects and require the state to make full pension payments. The Senate also OK’d a ballot question allowing the expansion of casino gaming. The Assembly is set to vote on the question in the next session, which starts Tuesday.
Here is a rundown of legislative activity:
NJ State AFL-CIO Calls for Solidarity as U.S. Supreme Court Case is Heard
Strong unions empower working people to fight for justice, fairness, dignity and respect. The Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, which the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing on Monday, January 11, 2016, threatens to silence our voice as working people.
WILD will be here before we know it, and we look forward to having you join us for the 13th Annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference, which promises to be one of the most engaging and memorable WILD conferences to date.
This conference will be held at the Hilton East Brunswick from March 4-5, 2016. Please find the registration brochure HERE.
Public hearings on ballot questions to dedicate additional funds to meet our transportation needs, fully fund pensions and expand casino gaming were held on Thursday, and the full Senate was in session for floor votes in the afternoon. Here is a rundown of the day’s legislative activity:
Motor Fuel Tax Dedication (ACR-1). The Assembly Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on this resolution, sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, to amend the constitution to dedicate more money to the Transportation Trust Fund without raising the 10.5-cent gas tax or the 13.5-cent tax on diesel fuels. The amendment asks voters to dedicate all revenues from the motor fuels and petroleum products gross receipts tax to fund the state’s transportation needs. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO supported the resolution in committee.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to announce that over 100 labor elected officials in New Jersey have signed onto a letter, which you can read HERE, underscoring the threat of the U.S. Supreme Court case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. This level of solidarity is unparalleled, and is only made possible thanks to the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates program, which has achieved 864 election victories since 1997, making it the only one of its kind in the nation.
We look back on 2015 as a year of significant accomplishments in advancing our progressive agenda and shared goals, reminding us that we can achieve important victories for working people when we work together as one.
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Foremost among these achievements is our record number of victories on Election Day. With wins at every level of government, we now have 162 labor candidates serving in elected offices. The dedication of the CLC and BTC presidents, leadership in the locals and engagement of young workers contributed to our outstanding get-out-the-vote drive. This would not have been possible without labor solidarity.
Public employees have never skipped a pension payment. However, years of mismanagement by the state has brought New Jersey’s pension system to the brink of disaster. We strongly support a ballot question that requires the state to live up to its pension funding obligation. Simply put: We support this proposal to save workers’ pensions.
Requiring the state to live up to its obligation to fund pensions will restore New Jersey’s retirement system to fiscal health for the 800,000 active and retired workers who are counting on receiving the modest pension they earned.