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Comprehensive effort needed to drive Atlantic City's recovery

New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement on Senate President Steve Sweeney’s and Sen. Jim Whelan’s Atlantic City fiscal stability legislation, which was introduced to help the ailing city and its residents recover from high unemployment and skyrocketing taxes as a result of multiple casino closings:

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Join to Support “Buy American” Legislation In Assembly Budget Committee this Thursday

A critical piece of legislation to support and create American jobs (A-3059) is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Budget Committee this Thursday, December 11, 2014. The bill would help increase domestic manufacturing in the United States and would create jobs for New Jersey workers. With our state suffering from high unemployment and a failure to recover from the jobs lost in the great recession, this is a common sense way to help American workers.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving in Solidarity with A Union-Made Meal

As we join together with our families and friends, to share a hearty meal and give thanks for all our blessings, we would like to wish everyone good health, prosperity and happiness this holiday season.

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Black Friday Walmart Protests: Demand Respect, Demand Justice


On Black Friday, brave Walmart employees will be joined in solidarity by thousands of union members to stand up to the insatiable greed of the world’s largest private employer and to demand a living wage and economic fairness.

The Walton family, which owns Walmart, has amassed more wealth than the bottom 42% of Americans combined, while the average Walmart employee earns only $8.80 per hour – not nearly enough to survive. Walmart’s theory is clear: why pay workers more when the company can use their billions in excess profits to further line the pockets of big money investors and corporate executives?

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LOCATION CHANGE: Support Our CWA 1038 Brothers and Sisters Rallying for a Fair Contract Tomorrow in Burlington County


The Occupational Training Center of Burlington County (OTCBC) manages a unique recycling program that employs local workers many of whom have developmental disabilities. These workers are represented by CWA Local 1038 and are engaged in a difficult contract battle that threatens to undermine their ability to afford vital health benefits.

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NJ State AFL-CIO Leader Is Top Labor Award Honoree

New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan was honored Thursday, March 20, with the Sol Stetin Award, which was presented during the American Labor Museum’s annual benefit gala.

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Solidarity Alert: Join Us to Protest Billionaire's Plan to Close Taj Mahal

Billionaire businessman Carl Icahn has repeatedly shown his callous indifference for casino workers by forcing thousands out of their jobs and stripping away health care and retirement benefits from those who remain on his payroll. Now, he’s threatening to go through with a plan to close another Atlantic City casino unless the state and already struggling city come through with a massive and unrealistic aid package.

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO on Swearing-In of Union Brother Donald Norcross to Congress


Our heartfelt congratulations go out to our friend and fellow union brother, Donald Norcross of IBEW Local 351, on his swearing in as a member of the U.S. Congress. All sectors of the labor movement came together to help Donald to victory because we know he brings to Washington the same honor, integrity, and commitment to middle-class values with which he served in the New Jersey Legislature.

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Union Brother Dan O'Connell Wins Council Race; 32 Labor Candidates Elected Across NJ

United Transportation Union officer and New Jersey State AFL-CIO Executive Board member Dan O'Connell has won his race for Delran Council, adding to the impressive number of labor-endorsed candidates who were successful in this year's elections.

Overall, 32 out of 42 candidates from the New Jersey State AFL-CIO's Labor Candidates Program were elected on November 4th and will soon be sworn in to office. Dan O'Connell's victory adds to the overall success of the program, which has helped a total of 815 candidates win local, state and federal office. 
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Thank You to All Who Made Labor 2014 an Historic Success for New Jersey Families


Your hard work paid off bigtime on Election Day with impressive wins for New Jersey State AFL-CIO labor-endorsed candidates at every level of government. Despite some disappointing results across the nation, New Jersey was a beacon of hope, winning important Election Day victories on the federal, state and local level. Thanks to the vigilance of labor volunteers, union brother Donald Norcross, IBEW Local 351, and Bonnie Watson Coleman, the first African-American woman to represent New Jersey, were elected to Congress, and Sen. Cory Booker was elected to his first full term as a U.S. Senator.

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