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On Thanksgiving, Be Grateful for Your Union

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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!

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Stay Union, Stay Strong: NJ AFL-CIO Calls for Solidarity in Face of Friedrich’s U.S. Supreme Court Case

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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.

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NJ Delegation Stands Strong as House Votes to Restrict Union Rights

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.

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Send a Message Urging Congress to Allow Adequate Rest for Flight Attendants

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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.

CLICK HERE to send a message and lend your voice to this effort.

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Hudson County Building Trades Spearheads Program Supporting Veterans Housing and Job Opportunities

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The New Jersey State AFL-CIO understands that honoring the sacrifice and courage of veterans depends on more than speeches and holidays. That is why we were proud to join with the Hudson County Building Trades and its President Patrick Kelleher, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Hudson County elected officials, veterans groups and community leaders to support a program that provides veterans year-round peace of mind through quality housing and union job opportunities.

A “working” groundbreaking event for a residential building/veterans resource center was held yesterday to coincide with Veterans Day. This project is part of the initiative to End Homelessness for all veterans living in Jersey City and provide affordable housing services to all veterans in need.

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NJ AFL-CIO Commemorates Veterans Day

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We celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th to honor the men and women who serve our country. 

On this day, we honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

While we honor these brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country, we also recognize that our veterans need care and services upon returning home.

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Volunteers Make NJ AFL-CIO's Labor Program Shine

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The New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s political program shined on Election Day when a record number of our union brothers and sisters won their elections to offices ranging from school board and town council to mayor, freeholder and state Assembly. This year’s 47 labor candidate victories would not have been possible without the involvement and hard work of our volunteers!

Beginning in mid-September and continuing through Election Day, thousands of volunteers helped us reach hundreds of thousands of union members’ homes. Our unparalleled Get-Out-the-Vote program resulted in Election Day victories for three out of four union candidates, a phenomenal 73% win percentage.

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NJ AFL-CIO Statement on Christie's Rejection of Atlantic City Aid Bills

President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement on Gov. Christie's conditional veto of bills to aid Atlantic City:

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"With the entire Atlantic City region in financial crisis, and thousands of casino workers laid off from their jobs, it is irresponsible for this governor to let a package of bills idle on his desk through the summer then announce today that he would not enact the critically needed aid measures. The governor’s inaction leaves tens of thousands of working families who were counting on relief in continued financial distress.”

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