While Atlantic City and thousands of laid-off workers face a difficult road ahead, the support shown by union members, the community, and local leaders during these trying times has been outstanding. This much was evident at the “AC Unites Here” resource center which opened its doors today to connect impacted workers with the resources needed to help build a stable future for themselves and their families.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is standing with the people of Atlantic City as the casino industry undergoes a major downsizing, sparked by increased competition as more and more casinos open in neighboring states.
Whether it is a job, equal pay for equal work, or the means to achieve a stable retirement, we as workers share many of the same hopes and dreams. And to this day, the best way to achieve those dreams is through a unified labor movement.
Labor Day is a celebration of working people and the progressive achievements of the labor movement. It is an occasion for us to come together as a community to appreciate the many ways in which workers keep our state running. Labor Day is a reminder of how much we all depend on each other and that by working together we can improve the world in which we live.
Below are some local events you can participate in to celebrate and enjoy this important day.
“The day after Tuesday’s town hall, Gov. Christie will again be out of state promoting Republican candidates and furthering his own presidential aspirations,” New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech said before the governor's scheduled appearance in Long Branch. “New Jersey’s serious economic problems won’t be solved from Oklahoma or Kansas or by scapegoating public-sector workers for the failures of the Christie administration.”
Statement from New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech on Gov. Christie’s “No Pain, No Gain” Town Hall:
“As Gov. Christie takes time out from his multi-state campaign swing to bash public employees who are making their pension contributions, Ocean City’s town hall audience should demand that the governor answer for the state’s lagging job growth, sluggish economy and unacceptable number of housing foreclosures,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech.
CLICK HERE for a look at the questions town hall audiences should be asking Gov. Christie.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement on Gov. Christie’s recent veto of a bill establishing standards for privatization of government services:
“By vetoing legislation ensuring that a government service was privatized only if it saved money, Gov. Christie ignored a recommendation from his own task force that savings drive future privatizations,” said Wowkanech. “What the governor erroneously describes as the bill’s ‘many restrictive provisions’ are built-in fiscal protections for taxpayers and job protections for public workers.”
A record-sized class of rank-and-file union members representing 23 local unions from across all sectors of the labor movement took part in the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School August 9-10, 2014, at the union-staffed Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick.
CLICK HERE to see photos from the 18th Annual Labor Candidates School.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO-endorsed candidate Roy Cho received a strong commitment from organized labor on Wednesday to help him win New Jersey’s 5th District congressional election.
Union members who are volunteering on Cho’s campaign leading up to the Nov. 4 election met the pro-labor Democrat who is challenging Tea Party extremist Scott Garrett at an event co-hosted by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, Bergen and Passaic County Central Labor Councils and the Bergen County Building Trades Council, and held at IBEW Local 164 in Paramus.
CLICK HERE for photos.