The United States Supreme Court recently reconvened to begin work on a host of controversial cases, including one that will have significant impact on the future of organized labor: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Although the suit was brought by teachers, the case applies to all public employees.
At a time when corporations and the wealthy are rewriting the rules of the economy in their favor, this case has the potential to knock American families and our entire economy off balance. This case, plain and simple, threatens the fundamental promise of America – that if you work hard and play by the rules, you should be able to provide a decent life for your family.
Our IBEW 351 brother, Rep. Donald Norcross, has achieved so much since New Jersey voters elected him to Congress last year. Today, we celebrate his being named to the House leadership team by House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer.
Rep. Hoyer has named Brother Norcross as assistant whip, a position rarely bestowed on a first-term Congressman.
Like every election, whether and how we vote on November 3 has consequences. So, we remind our brothers and sisters that the only way to ensure that the concerns of working families are fully represented in the Statehouse, and on freeholder boards, town councils and school boards is to elect New Jersey State AFL-CIO endorsed candidates to office.
Volunteer union members who have been going door-to-door to inform fellow union members about the upcoming election on our Saturday labor walks are helping 67 rank-and-file union members secure election victories as well as the scores of endorsed candidates who are not union members but who do put working families first.
New Jersey Congressman and proud union brother Donald Norcross is sponsoring important federal legislation that would make it easier for workers to join unions and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.
By introducing The Workplace Democracy Act near the Capitol on Wednesday, Rep. Norcross made it clear that his top priority in Congress is creating good, sustainable job opportunities for American workers and protecting their rights on the job. The Workplace Democracy Act levels the playing field and gives middle class families a fair shot.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is pleased to share the news of an historic contract reached between eight national unions and the American Red Cross that will apply to approximately 4,000 workers in 24 states. This agreement, which was struck despite a backdrop of financial and workplace issues, provides a strong testament to the collective bargaining process. We applaud this favorable outcome and commend our brothers and sisters for their persistence and ongoing commitment to good jobs and the highest standard of patient care.
Volunteers wearing hooded sweatshirts and ponchos knocked on the doors of fellow union members throughout the state on Saturday morning, undeterred by the wet weather drenching New Jersey ahead of Hurricane Joaquin.
With 31 days remaining until the Nov. 3 election, our member-to-member labor program is in full swing. And with 67 rank-and-file union members seeking election to offices around the state, it’s imperative we do all that we can to help them win.
Southern NJ Building Trades Council Demands Skilled Union Labor for Cherry Hill Construction Project
We encourage all affiliates to demonstrate solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Southern New Jersey Building Trades Council by joining s picket line to demand that the University of Pennsylvania hire union labor to complete a $50-60 million construction project of a medical center and doctors’ offices along Route 70 in Cherry Hill. The pickets began Monday and will be ongoing, from 7:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday until this dispute is resolved.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to announce 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.