Representatives of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its non-profit partner Working Families United for New Jersey (WFUNJ) testified in support of a statewide earned sick leave bill on Monday. The bill (A-2354) later cleared committee on a mostly party-line vote.
"Buy America" Legislation Clears Committee but Continued Action Essential to Ensure Assembly Passage
Today, the "Buy America" bill (A-3059) advanced out of the Assembly Budget Committee by a party line vote of 8 to 4. We anticipate that a full Assembly vote will take place as soon as next week on this bill as well as four complimentary pieces of “Buy America” legislation. In order to ensure passage of this package, your voice will be essential.
CLICK HERE to send a direct message to your legislators letting them know that you are counting on them to support "Buy America" legislation, which would create much needed New Jersey jobs and spur economic growth for the region.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO, through its Working Families United for New Jersey (WFUNJ) coalition, strongly supports enactment of a statewide earned sick days law, which would create a uniform and humane standard so that no New Jersey worker is forced to choose between going to work sick or losing a day’s pay.
There are few pieces of legislation as noncontroversial and straightforward as A-2354, which would guarantee earned sick leave to all New Jersey workers. However, in today’s political environment, not even a bill as basic as this is going to be passed without our concerted efforts.
The American consumer not only votes at the ballot box, but votes nearly every day with his or her wallet. In other words, like voting, how and where we spend our money can have a significant influence over our society and economy.
Therefore, be sure to check out Labor411’s Holiday Gift Guide for a listing of union made products for the holidays.
The trustees for the state pension funds for teachers, public employees and police and firefighters have sued Gov. Chris Christie's administration for failing to make required payments into the state retirement system.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement on Senate President Steve Sweeney’s and Sen. Jim Whelan’s Atlantic City fiscal stability legislation, which was introduced to help the ailing city and its residents recover from high unemployment and skyrocketing taxes as a result of multiple casino closings:
A critical piece of legislation to support and create American jobs (A-3059) is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Budget Committee this Thursday, December 11, 2014. The bill would help increase domestic manufacturing in the United States and would create jobs for New Jersey workers. With our state suffering from high unemployment and a failure to recover from the jobs lost in the great recession, this is a common sense way to help American workers.
As we join together with our families and friends, to share a hearty meal and give thanks for all our blessings, we would like to wish everyone good health, prosperity and happiness this holiday season.
On Black Friday, brave Walmart employees will be joined in solidarity by thousands of union members to stand up to the insatiable greed of the world’s largest private employer and to demand a living wage and economic fairness.
The Walton family, which owns Walmart, has amassed more wealth than the bottom 42% of Americans combined, while the average Walmart employee earns only $8.80 per hour – not nearly enough to survive. Walmart’s theory is clear: why pay workers more when the company can use their billions in excess profits to further line the pockets of big money investors and corporate executives?