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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Celebrates Historic 114th Congressional Inauguration

Today, we are honored to join with our Congressional representatives in Washington to mark an historic day for working families in our state and across the nation.

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URGENT: Your Support Needed to Continue the Fight for Public Employee Pensions

The Public Employee Committee of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO unanimously voted to nominate Carey Brown and Tracy Smith to serve as Trustees on the NJ PERS Board. However, our endorsed candidates have yet to gather the petition signatures necessary to qualify for their elections.

We’re asking you to stand with us and nominate them by signing the on-line petition today!

CLICK HERE to sign the petition now.

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Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Retirees in Suit Challenging Drug Copays

A New Jersey Appellate Court ruled on New Year’s Eve that the Christie administration had no power to impose higher prescription drug copayments for public-sector retirees.

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NJ State AFL-CIO Statement on Proposal to Privatize PATH Service

On behalf of the one million members of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, we applaud Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Mayors Steven Fulop of Jersey City, Brian Stack of Union City and Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken for their immediate, clear and vocal opposition to a proposal to privatize PATH service.

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A Year of Challenges and Triumphs for New Jersey’s Labor Movement

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As 2014 draws to a close, we pause to reflect on the year’s trials and triumphs. Though New Jersey’s labor movement faces many budgetary, legislative and political challenges, we remain committed to pursuing a progressive legislative agenda that benefits all working families.

Our solidarity and strength helped us achieve some noteworthy successes in a difficult environment. We pulled together early in the year to draft a unified plan to address pressing labor issues and extend our reach directly into our communities. Our Strategic Planning Committee deserves credit for crafting a road map to guide the State Federation, its Central Labor Councils, affiliated unions and community partners to meet the tests ahead.

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United Steelworkers Organize Nurses at RWJ University Hospital/Somerville

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to welcome 430 registered nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerville who voted to join the United Steelworkers (USW).

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In the Spirit of Solidarity: Have a Happy Holiday and New Year


On behalf of all our union brothers and sisters, and in the spirit of solidarity, we would like to wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and safe holiday and New Year.

We thank all of you for your unwavering support. As we enter 2015, we know that in our unity, strength, and solidarity, we will prevail. May the joy of the holiday season bring you and your family peace and happiness.


Assembly Sends ‘Buy American’ Bills to Christie on Mostly Party-line Votes

The New Jersey Legislature wrapped up 2014 with voting sessions in the Senate and Assembly. Here is a summary of Thursday’s legislative action:

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Wowkanech: Christie Wins, Taxpayers Lose on Lottery Privatization Deal

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Gov. Chris Christie often talks about the need for transparency in government. He frequently points to his own administration as an example of how to carry out the functions of government in a forthcoming and above-board manner. Why, then, has the governor vetoed a bill that establishes oversight for deals that privatize government services?

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Urge Your Legislator to Vote Yes on 'Buy American' Bills, Privatization Oversight

Thursday, Dec. 18th, will be a busy day at the New Jersey Statehouse. The state Senate and Assembly are both wrapping up 2014 with lengthy voting sessions. We ask that you check out the bills scheduled for floor votes, and contact your legislator (by clicking the links below) to support the pro-working families proposals that we have been working hard to enact:

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