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Commemorating Martin Luther King Day

“The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.”– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19th, 2015, for his unparalleled civil rights achievements, it’s important that we also recognize and honor Dr. King as a champion of workers’ rights.

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NJ AFL-CIO Statement Following Oral Arguments in Pension Payment Suit

Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson heard oral arguments on Thursday, January 15th, 2015, to consider the legality of Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to cut the pension payment in this year’s budget.

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Working Families Given No Reason to Celebrate the State of their State

Gov. Chris Christie delivered his sixth State of the State address on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Despite his attempt to paint a glossy portrait of the state under his leadership, working families and many of our communities continue to struggle under the weight of policies that benefit his wealthy friends but hurt the middle-class. New Jersey tops the nation in out-migration and the state is one of three where poverty is going up. Since 2009, the year Christie was elected, 196,000 more New Jerseyans are living in deep poverty.

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2015 WILD Conference: Keep the Commitment Going!

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The Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference has been empowering union women for 11 years, and as we enter the New Year, we are resolved to keep that commitment going. With our preparations for the 12th Annual WILD Conference well underway, we are asking you to help make this conference another landmark success.

CLICK HERE to download the 2015 WILD Brochure

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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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