New Jersey representatives in Congress who have been fighting to reinstate critical funding for New Jersey Transit successfully restored $50 million a year to our state’s federal mass transit funding.
U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker along with Reps. Albio Sires and Frank Pallone refused to support a federal transportation bill if it included a provision to strip the money from NJ Transit. These public officials stood up for New Jersey’s working families by helping secure much-needed funding for infrastructure projects in our state.
The Friedrichs U.S. Supreme Court case is an attack on the fundamental right of workers to form unions and exercise their collective voice on the job. To understand why this case has been brought forth and its implications on all workers, please take a moment to watch this video featuring our union sister Jennifer Higgins from AFT Local 1904 at Montclair University.
As the video reveals, this case is being funded by the same forces that have been attacking American working people for decades. The Center for Individual Rights (CIR), which brought this case forth, is a front group designed to advance conservative legal action. CIR is funded by wealthy interests like the Koch Brothers, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the F.M. Kirby Foundation based in New Jersey.
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The New Jersey State AFL-CIO looks forward to welcoming all of our union sisters to the 13th Annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Conference that will take place at the Hilton East Brunswick from March 4-5, 2016. This year’s conference will offer new and enlightening insights into building leadership skills, women’s labor history, and the fight for our economic future.
During this time when workers seeking to organize face unprecedented opposition from businesses and wealthy political donors, RWDSU Local 108 has shown that solidarity can and will prevail in our state. This was recently demonstrated through an organizing victory achieved by 30 drivers at Transdev, an international transportation company.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates RWDSU Local 108 and its organizing team for their role in making this victory possible and welcomes our new brothers and sisters to our union family.
As we join together with family and friends this week to share a meal and give thanks for our many blessings, we ask you to remember your union and the many benefits being a union member brings.
History shows us the countless gains we have made through union solidarity, including higher wages, safer working conditions and the right to speak with one collective voice for better workplaces. But unions are only as strong as their members. It’s more important than ever that we remain faithful to the labor movement and active in our locals. When we stay union, we stay strong!
Stay Union, Stay Strong: NJ AFL-CIO Calls for Solidarity in Face of Friedrich’s U.S. Supreme Court Case
Strong unions empower working people to fight for justice, fairness, dignity and respect. No matter the challenges that we face, your solidarity will ensure a strong and enduring labor movement for generations to come.
In the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s new video, Stay Union, Stay Strong, union members Alicia Abrams, OPEIU 153; Pat Paradiso, AFT 857 President; and Dave Protomastro, UA 24 start the conversation about the importance of unions in the face of the Friedrich’s v. Califorina Teachers Association case, which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this winter. Please watch the video, and be sure to share it with your union brothers and sisters.
By a vote of 249-177, the U.S. House passed the “Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act” (H.R. 511), which strips National Labor Relations Act protections from more than 700,000 workers at tribal enterprises on tribal lands.
Workers should not be left without legally enforceable rights to form unions and bargain collectively in instances where they are working for a tribal enterprise, which is simply a commercial operation competing with non-tribal businesses. This legislation would affect Native and non-Native American workers alike. These employees therefore have no voice in setting tribal policy and no recourse to tribal governments for the protection of their rights.
Our brothers and sisters with the IAM Flight Attendants and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA need your help in urging Congress to ensure that flight attendants, like pilots, get 10 hours of rest so that they can safely and efficiently perform their duties.
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