"The only tired I was, was tired of giving in."
– Rosa Parks
It was about 60 years ago that Rosa Parks made history by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. Her courage and tenacity sparked a transportation boycott in the South and lent new strength to a burgeoning movement for civil rights. If Rosa Parks were still alive, she would have turned 103 today.
Cookie manufacturing giant Nabisco has chosen to invest $130 million more in its new $400 million plant in Salinas, Mexico, rather than invest that money in its historic bakery in Chicago. As a result, 600 workers in Chicago could lose their jobs and a predominately African-American and Latino community would be devastated. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union is conducting a comprehensive campaign to preserve these good union jobs.
We’re asking you to show your support for our BCTGM brothers and sisters by CLICKING HERE to sign the online petition to save the Chicago jobs.
Realizing that the Friedrichs case is no more than a special interest attack on all workers’ rights, Building Trades leaders called for solidarity in the face of the latest threat to our livelihoods.
Deep Foods, Inc., the leading Indian food manufacturer in the U.S. based in Union, NJ, has taken a page out of the union buster’s playbook, launching a shameful campaign of intimidation and deception against its workers seeking to join RWDSU Local 262.
While most of Deep Foods’ 239 employees, including 49 warehouse workers, expressed an interest in forming a union, the company has resolved to fight the organizing drive every step of the way. Management is using stall tactics, spreading misinformation, and unjustly fired two employees for supporting the union. Not surprisingly, the company’s unscrupulous behavior is devastating to those workers who simply want to exercise their right to a voice on the job.
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.
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.
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.
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: