Thanks to the sustained advocacy and political engagement of organized labor, the wheels have been set in motion for several key legislative victories. Action packed voting sessions are scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2018, in the state Assembly and state Senate concerning jobs, voting rights, collective bargaining, and earned sick leave. Please find below a list of bills slated to be voted on this Thursday – for which the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliates have led the charge – along with a brief summary and progress report for each measure.
Several pro-worker bills supported by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO were voted on in committee today. Below is a summary of actions taken in the state Senate and Assembly:
Equal Pay (A-1/S-104): The state Senate and Assembly took an historic step today by voting to approve a measure that would ensure equal pay for equal work across the state. The bill passed the state Senate with unanimous support. CLICK HERE for the Assembly vote tally.
Earned Sick Days (A-1827/S-2171): The state Assembly voted to pass a bill guaranteeing earned sick days. CLICK HERE for results.
On March 22, 2018, the Alice Paul Institute (API) hosted the Alice Paul Equality Awards, honoring three women leaders in the areas of education, empowerment, and equality. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to congratulate our Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan for being selected as the Education Award Honoree in recognition of her lifelong dedication to labor solidarity and empowering the next generation of women leaders. As the founder of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Conference, Secretary-Treasurer Brennan has inspired and empowered thousands of union women to tell their stories and become effective advocates of equality and justice.
The full state Assembly will consider two vital bills on, Monday, March 26, 2018, which have been championed by the labor movement for several years. Earned sick leave (A-1827: Lampitt / Mukherji) and the Equal Pay Act (A-1: Lampitt / Downey) represent an opportunity for our state to advance and lead in the fight for fairness and workplace justice.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to spearhead two bills that will advance the cause of working families across the state of New Jersey in terms of their right to a voice on the job and the right to equal pay for equal work. The Janus bill (A-3686: Coughlin) and Equal Pay bill (A-1: Lampitt/Downey) were both released from committee as shown by the votes below:
This Monday, March 19, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. the Assembly Labor Committee will be voting on the Janus bill (A-3686: Coughlin) and Equal Pay for Women bill (A-1: Lampitt). The New Jersey State AFL-CIO will testify on both bills, which reflect the core values of our labor movement and New Jersey working families, and we urge you to join us in support.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to congratulate the following newly elected officers of the Middlesex/Somerset Central Labor Council:
President – Wayne Martiak (IBEW 456)
Executive VP – Jean Pierce (HPAE)
Treasurer – John “Jackie” Hoey (UA 9)
Rec. Sec. – Kevin McCarthy (IFPTE 194)