Remember what happened last year when we thought we could simply coast to victory? Obviously, the story did not have a happy ending. But one thing was clear: all of us vowed never to let that happen again.
Election Day is less than a month away, and working families need to make their voice heard. Therefore, we need everyone to make sure they are registered to vote. The deadline to do so is Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
We are 31 days out from Election Day, and the strong support we have seen from unions underscore the importance of this election. This weekend alone, 1,079 union members knocked on 37,765 doors, helping to get the word out to our brothers and sisters about the candidates who represent our values.
We are proud of all the unions who are taking part in the Puerto Rico relief efforts from HPAE nurses and transportation workers to building trades and heavy equipment operators. Supplies have traversed our country from end-to-end, by way of car, rail, air, and ship. And of course, no union understands what it takes to move goods around the globe better than the ILA.
New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act
Please urge your members and their families to vote YES on ballot question #1 on Election Day. The question seeks to dedicate $125 million in aggregate to construct, upgrade and modernize public libraries. Local governments that apply for the grants would be required to provide matching funds.
All But Two NJ House Members Vote to Oppose
As Wall Street celebrates the House vote to advance Trump’s tax breaks for the rich, New Jersey families should be taking note of the two representatives who hung our state out to dry. They are Representatives Tom MacArthur (R-03) and Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11).
Despite his rhetoric on the campaign trail, Trump has shown his true colors once again with a tax scheme that would devastate working families. According to New Jersey Policy Perspective, our state would be one of the hardest hit. New Jersey’s wealthiest 1 percent of taxpayers would receive an average $74,000 tax break each year while about 1 in 4 Garden State taxpayers would pay an average of $2,400 more in a year in federal taxes. What makes this plan so bad for New Jersey families is the elimination of the state and local tax deduction.
CLICK HERE to send a message to your U.S. Representative opposing tax breaks for the wealthy that mortgage the future of working families. In addition to the above aspects it also:
The sendoff for relief volunteers at Newark Airport was inspiring to say the least. More than 300 union members from all sectors of the labor movement, including nurses, tradesmen and women, and transport workers, eagerly stepped up to help their fellow Americans in need. We are also proud to recognize United Airlines, which volunteered a 777-300, one of the largest and newest aircraft in its fleet, to airlift this humanitarian relief team to San Juan.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s affiliated unions have mobilized en masse to support families in Puerto Rico as they rebuild following the hurricane. Members from all union sectors, including construction, transportation, and healthcare, have responded to the call for aid.
The national AFL-CIO is coordinating efforts to help families in Puerto Rico recover in the aftermath of the hurricane. A plane has been charted and will fly from Newark to Puerto Rico the morning of Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Thanks to an outpouring of support from our brothers and sisters across all sectors of the labor movement, the plane is already filled to capacity.