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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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NJ House Democrats Joined by LoBiondo, Smith in Standing Up for Workers' Rights

Today in the House of Representatives, a Republican resolution undermining fair labor union elections and rolling back decades of workers’ rights protections was approved by a partisan vote of 232-186. All 183 House Democrats present voted no.

New Jersey’s House Democrats were led by Rep. Frank Pallone. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Albio Sires, Donald Norcross and Bonnie Watson Coleman also voted no. The Democrats present were joined by Republican Reps. Frank LoBiondo and Chris Smith, who were two of the three Republicans in the entire House to vote against this resolution.

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Reminder: Contract Dispute Unresolved at Trenton's Wyndham Garden Hotel


The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is asking you to support our UNITE HERE 54 brothers and sisters, who have been negotiating in good faith and whose employer recently cut health care coverage for workers. This contract dispute is ongoing and HAS NOT been resolved.

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