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NJ's 2nd labor-supported immigrant advocacy center opens in Union County

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The state’s second labor-supported immigrant advocacy center opened Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the Jersey Gardens Mall in Elizabeth, as the result of a unique partnership between Union County and We Are One New Jersey, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping more than 400,000 legal immigrants living and working in New Jersey become U.S. citizens.

We are One New Jersey – Union County Center provides U.S. citizenship application assistance, including preparatory classes for the citizenship test and referral, notary and translation services, at low- or no-cost to Union County residents.

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NJ Legislative Leaders Sweeney and Prieto Act in Support of Pension Lawsuit

New Jersey’s legislative leaders, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and General Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, will sign on as amicus curiae to the New Jersey public employees’ pension lawsuit challenging the Christie Administration’s continuing failure to make statutorily required payments to the state pension system.

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Act Now to Put the Brakes on Fast Track

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Congress has introduced the job-killing Fast Track bill. To defeat this measure, we all need to make our voices heard. All it takes is one moment of your time. You can call or forward an e-mail to your members of Congress using the information below:

  • Call: 1-855-790-8815 to be connected directly to your representative’s office
  • E-mail: Forward a prewritten message to your members of Congress by clicking HERE.
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National, State, and Local Labor Leaders Host Worker Appreciation Luncheon at Park & Garden Site in Hoboken

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Park & Garden Workers Appreciation Luncheon
Credit: Stan Schnier Photography

The Park & Garden project in Hoboken broke ground in 2013, putting to work hundreds of skilled union craftsmen and women from the surrounding community. Over its duration, this project is expected to create a total of 655 union construction jobs, including more than 1.3 million union construction hours.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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