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Funeral Services Set for Union Brother Frank Forst

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Francis (Frank) A. Forst, a distinguished labor leader and longtime officer of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s Executive Board, who died Sunday at age 84.

Frank was a lifelong advocate for social and economic justice who spent his career championing issues on behalf of all working-class people. He was a leading voice supporting laws giving public employees the right to bargain, and was responsible for Local 194 being the first in the nation to see Martin Luther King Day become a contractually recognized holiday.

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Building Trades Volunteers Rehab Homes for People in Need

400 laborers provide free fix-ups for Jersey City homeowners, housing for homeless vets


An abandoned building on Ocean Avenue in Jersey City is about to see new life as an apartment complex for eight homeless veterans and a recruiting center for the next generation of building trades workers, thanks to the efforts of several hundred Hudson County building trades union volunteers.

More than 400 plumbers, electricians, painters, carpenters, masons, laborers and other volunteers from at least eight unions fanned out across Jersey City on Saturday to tackle the 14 construction, rehabilitation and preservation projects that make up this year’s “Rebuilding Together Jersey City” agenda.

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Fixing the Economy Just Takes Common Sense


Tonight, the Mercer County CLC and Mercer County YES hosted a Common Sense Economics workshop for over 30 young workers. On behalf of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers Advisory Committee, I’d like to thank the council for its leadership in promoting this valuable educational opportunity and power-building experience for young workers. I also thank all those young workers who took part in the program, for sharing their own experiences, and committing to build towards an economy that works for all.

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NJ Young Workers Build Momentum


Under the leadership of Passaic County Central Labor Council President Juan Negron, the Passaic County YES (Youth Engagement in Solidarity) sponsored a Common Sense Economics workshop that brought out more than 70 progressive young union members last night.

A lively discussion on the economic issues concerning young workers, such as paying down student debt and the ability to earn a livable wage, was led by facilitators Amanda Pacheco, IBEW International Director of Education, OPEIU 153’s Alicia Bruce, the Passaic County YES chair, and Lauren Young-Boukema, staff representative, CWA 1036. The Passaic County young workers chapter also announced the launch of “YES +1,” a new effort to recruit and engage young workers in all facets of the labor movement.

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Attention State & County Public Employees: Cast Your Vote Online to Protect Your Pension

Take an active role in securing your retirement by voting for union endorsed candidates for Trustees to the PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) Board

From April 1, 2015 – May 31, 2015, you can easily vote online or by phone by doing the following:

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Dispute Continues at Trenton Hotel


The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is asking you to 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 is ongoing.

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 for 53 employees

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Congratulations Newly Elected Union Central Labor Council Officers


The New Jersey State AFL-CIO commends the leadership of the Union County Central Labor Council on their elections last night. 

Strong leadership will continue with President Jim McManus (UA Local 24), First Vice President Tom Fischbach (Sheetmetal Workers Local 22), Kerevin Barnes (OPEIU Local 32) as Financial Secretary/Treasurer and Linda Bradbury (AFT Local 2187) as Recording Secretary. 

We look forward to continuing our work with you in Union County and throughout the state.


Strong NJ Presence at National AFL-CIO Young Workers' Gathering in Chicago


Success! The biggest gathering of future labor leaders in the country happened March 19-22 in Chicago, with New Jersey’s delegation of State AFL-CIO executive officers and young workers from affiliated unions called upon to play key roles in the Next Up Summit.

The summit brought together more than 1,000 young workers from across the country. The participants, who represent the future of the labor movement, experienced an energizing mix of leadership development, labor education, mentoring and networking.

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Solidarity Matters for our Union Brothers and Sisters in Atlantic City

Back in the fall, we requested that you support our brothers and sisters who work in Atlantic City by booking your upcoming meetings and conferences there whenever possible. We are heartened by your response!

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United Transportation Alliance (UTA) Launches App-Based Taxi Service


Starting Friday, taxi riders in Newark can enjoy the convenience of using a cell phone app to book a cab and the security of knowing the dispatched driver is licensed and insured, and that the vehicle they are about to get into has been inspected and regularly maintained.

The Transunion Car Service  is a joint venture of CWA 1039 and the United Transportation Alliance (UTA), a new affiliate of CWA 1039 and the New Jersey State AFL-CIO that is already 300 members strong.

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