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NJ AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Speaks Out for Equal Pay


New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan made a strong case that “a union contract is the greatest pay equalizer” during an event announcing new state legislation to help close the gender wage gap for women.

Laurel was among the invited speakers at the event hosted by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Democratic Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg. It was held to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was signed by President Obama to give women who were paid unfairly more time to seek a remedy.

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Alternative Pension Investments: Unjustified Costs

New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement on the State Investment Council’s 2015 Annual Report:

“It’s outrageous that hundreds of millions of dollars in pension funds fly out the door each year and into the hands of wealthy outside money managers. New Jersey’s retired public workers receive a $26,000 per year pension on average, so the only people getting rich off our pension system are the fund managers reaping obscene fees and bonuses,” says Wowkanech.

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Organizing Victory: 30 Drivers at Gateway, Newark Vote Unanimously to Join RWDSU Local 108

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates RWDSU Local 108 on a sweeping organizing victory in the City of Newark where 30 drivers employed by Gateway voted unanimously to have Local 108 as their union representative.

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Video: "Lies, Lies, Lies"

Christie Tells It Like He Wants It to Be.

Gov. Christie didn’t let facts get in the way during this month’s State-of-the-State speech. While he devoted 11-and-a-half minutes to union bashing, we deconstruct the lies and “Tell It Like It Really Is” in just over a minute. Please watch, then share:


Commemorating Martin Luther King Day


Dr. Martin Luther King gave his life for civil rights and social justice. He dreamed of a society in which men and women are judged by their actions, treated equally and with respect, and given an opportunity to attain the American Dream.

Dr. King was a champion of workers’ rights. The final civil disobedience campaign of his life was waged in solidarity with sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., who asked for his help during a long strike for job safety, better wages and benefits and recognition of their union.

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NJ AFL-CIO Asks: How Would Christie Run the US When He’s Made Such a Mess in NJ?

Despite the governor’s sound bites, bullying and rhetoric, the fact remains that New Jersey is in far worse shape today than when he was sworn in six years ago. While the governor wags a finger of blame at unions, the reality is that he is responsible for this mess. His failed policies mean that families are working harder and bringing home less than at any time in recent history. The only ones moving up the economic ladder are those already on the top rungs. Why would anyone vote for a failed state official to run the whole country?

Gov. Christie paused his floundering presidential campaign to deliver his annual State of the State address on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. He’s been out of state so much – all or part of 261 days last year – campaigning in New Hampshire and Iowa that it’s hard to imagine that our governor knows, or cares, how the working families back home are really doing:

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Legislature OKs Ballot Questions to Fund Pensions, Transportation; Senate Approves Casino Expansion Proposal

The Legislature wrapped up the session on Monday by approving ballot questions asking voters to dedicate additional funds to transportation projects and require the state to make full pension payments. The Senate also OK’d a ballot question allowing the expansion of casino gaming. The Assembly is set to vote on the question in the next session, which starts Tuesday.

Here is a rundown of legislative activity:

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We All Lose If Friedrichs Prevails

NJ State AFL-CIO Calls for Solidarity as U.S. Supreme Court Case is Heard


Strong unions empower working people to fight for justice, fairness, dignity and respect. The Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, which the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing on Monday, January 11, 2016, threatens to silence our voice as working people.

In the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s new video, union leaders talk about the power of unions and how important it is to remain united to overcome the challenges facing middle-class families.

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