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Solidarity Alert: New Jersey State AFL-CIO to Hold Government Shutdown Public Awareness Event

Senator Menendez, Congressman Norcross, Congressman Van Drew and Union Officials Join Struggling Federal Workers to Rally for an End to Trump’s Disastrous Government Shutdown

Federal employees from around the state will gather at Teamsters Local 331 in Egg Harbor City on Monday, January 21 to call for an end to Trump’s disastrous government shutdown. This grassroots event, hosted by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and three local federal worker unions impacted by the shutdown, will feature several distinguished speakers, including Senator Robert Menendez, Congressman Donald Norcross, Congressman Van Drew and New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech.

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Governor Murphy Delivers 2019 State of the State Address

Governor Phil Murphy delivered his first State of the State address today in Trenton, outlining plans to improve the financial security of working families in New Jersey.

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Solidarity Alert: Atlantic City Women's March

Please join the New Jersey State AFL-CIO in Atlantic City on Saturday, January 19 to march in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer, a voting and women’s rights activist. The march will launch on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at 11:00 am and culminate with a rally at the historic Boardwalk Hall, the site where Fannie Lou Hamer challenged Jim Crow laws at the 1964 Democratic Convention. The rally will feature keynote speaker Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, artist and activist Jessica Care Moore, and a performance from award-winning actress Ms. Helen Sims of the Fannie Lou Hamer Museum in Belzoni, Mississippi.  

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New Jersey Furloughed Federal Employees may be Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Today marks the 20th day of Trump’s disastrous government shutdown, which has more than 800,000 federal employees either on furlough or working without pay. 

If you are a furloughed federal employee and work in New Jersey, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. To learn more about unemployment eligibility, click here. To start your claim, click here. To learn more about the effects of the shutdown, click here.

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Congressman Pallone Appointed as Chairman of Energy and Commerce Committee

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., who after nearly three decades of service, has been named Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. This new role makes the Congressman one of the nation’s most influential Democrats, giving him the power to shape debates on some of our most critical and pressing issues such as climate change and affordable health care.

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Minimum Wages Rising Around the Country

States and municipalities across the country are taking direct action to raise wages. With the cost of living rising and a federal minimum wage less than $9.00 per hour, workers are finding it harder than ever to make ends meet. Many workers balance two or three jobs and still struggle with poverty, while the largest businesses continue to reap billions of dollars in profit.

Given the ongoing imbalance between work and reward, the labor movement is committed to keeping the campaign to raise wages going.

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A Look Back at Our Solidarity in 2018

As we wrap up 2018, which has proved to be a truly monumental year for the New Jersey labor movement, we wanted to thank you for your solidarity and support and recognize our many collective achievements. Click below for an e-newsletter highlighting our activities that have laid the foundation for a successful 2019. Once again, thank you for all you do, and we wish you and your family good health and prosperity throughout the new year.


Today in Trenton: New Jersey State AFL-CIO teams up with Unite Here to Lobby for Hotel Employee Protection Act

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and a delegation of our brothers and sisters from Unite Here Local 54 gathered today in Trenton to lobby on behalf of the Hotel Employee Protection Act (S-2986/A-4439)—a bill requiring hotels to provide panic buttons to employees for protection from unsafe working conditions, violence, and sexual assault while performing housekeeping duties.

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