“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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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!
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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.
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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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.
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).