Protest of Working Conditions at Carl Icahn-owned Taj Mahal Leads to Arrests
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and our affiliates and community partners showed their unwavering support for our brothers and sisters of UNITE HERE Local 54 who work in Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal casino on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, by participating in a Boardwalk rally to demand that corporate raider Carl Icahn restore medical and retirement benefits to workers.
Affiliated unions make NJ labor history by delegating dozens of young workers to participate in the annual endorsement conference
ATLANTIC CITY – More than 600 delegates representing 1,000 labor unions and 1 million members of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO convened at Caesars Atlantic City June 16 & 17, 2015, to participate in the endorsement process for one New Jersey Senate seat, 80 state Assembly seats and for a slate of 48 rank-and-file union members seeking public offices at every level of government.
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The first New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers Summit held Monday, June 15, 2015, at Caesars Atlantic City was packed to capacity. Over 75 young workers from 29 local unions participated in the program, harnessing the opportunity to learn from each other, better understand the labor movement, and continue building the statewide young workers program.
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The U.S. House of Representatives voted down a bill supporting American workers who lose their jobs because of trade deals, largely to derail the Fast Track legislation that is packaged with it.
The worker assistance measure, known as Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA, was resoundingly rejected – a defeat that effectively sunk the Fast Track bill. However, Republican leaders plan to take up TAA again soon, perhaps as early as Tuesday, so the fight to stop Fast Track continues.
Congress is in the midst of considering whether to grant President Obama permission to push ahead the largest trade deal in history – involving nearly 40 percent of the world economy, spanning the globe from Japan to Chile. Although the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, may not be familiar to most Americans, its potential impact could be felt by millions. In an article in today's Star-Ledger, President Wowkanech and Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. explain why allowing President Obama to 'fast track' the Pacific trade partnership would devastate New Jersey's working families and harm the state's economy. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.
NJ State AFL-CIO Vows to Continue Fight for Full Pension Funding, Economic Stability and Middle-Class Families
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is outraged that the New Jersey State Supreme Court ruled against 800,000 current and retired members of the New Jersey public pension system by overturning a Superior Court decision that Gov. Christie violated his own law when he withheld state pension payments.
“This ruling is disheartening for current and retired employees who have gone to work, lived by the rules and faithfully paid into the system,” said Charles Wowkanech, president of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, which filed the lawsuit with 16 public employee unions. “After dedicating their entire careers to public service, this ruling leaves them more worried than ever that their modest pensions won’t be there when they need them.”
“It is important to understand that this isn’t solely a setback for public employees,” added Wowkanech. “This is setback for the entire state and in particular, our economy. The failure of the governor to act responsibly has resulted in a record nine credit downgrades and has made New Jersey the poster child for fiscal irresponsibility.”
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO respectfully asks that you continue to support our UNITE HERE 54 brothers and sisters, who have been negotiating in good faith and whose employer cut health care coverage for workers. This dispute remains unresolved.
Our brothers and sisters at UNITE HERE 54 report that the owner of the Wyndham Garden Hotel near the state Capitol in Trenton abruptly changed the conditions of employment.
We have great news to share: Both New Jersey State AFL-CIO Public Employee Committee-endorsed candidates have won their elections to the Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees!
The election of Tracy Smith of AFSCME Council 73 to the County seat and Carey Brown of CWA Local 1037 to the State seat means that our brothers and sisters in the public sector maintain their majority on the nine-member PERS board – and increase that majority by one vote!
Please join us on Monday, June 8, 2015, as Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6) tours the World Trade Center Health Program clinic at Rutgers University and holds a press conference with first responders on an upcoming hearing to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
The $1.5 billion in fees the state of New Jersey paid to Wall Street pension fund managers over the past five years was an unwise use of taxpayer money, concludes a nationally known investment expert who analyzed pension investment returns and fund management fees.
The independent report by finance and investment expert Jeff Hooke of Maryland was released Thursday at a Senate Legislative Oversight hearing examining New Jersey’s increased investment in hedge funds and equity funds and the 300 percent increase in management fees paid to Wall Street firms since 2010 to manage those investments.