Designating the Peter J. McGuire Memorial in Pennsauken, NJ as a national historic landmark ensures that McGuire’s service to our nation and the American labor movement is given the distinction it deserves. We thank our union brother, Congressman Donald Norcross, for introducing this legislation in Congress and applaud his ongoing leadership on behalf of all workers in New Jersey.
This week we celebrated Labor Day, recognizing the achievements of working people across the country. Now, with only 61 days until Election Day, it’s time for us to get to work on our Labor 2017 program.
Today’s gut-wrenching announcement regarding the elimination of DACA, perfectly demonstrates the callousness and deception of the Trump administration. With the statement delivered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions – a statement that President Trump didn’t have the courage to deliver himself – more than 800,000 people’s lives were thrown into immediate turmoil.
Congratulations to AFT 3977 Brother David Gierek on being appointed to Saddle Brook Council in June. His appointment marks the 919th labor candidate in New Jersey!
Our BCTGM brothers and sisters are waging a long-term battle against corporate greed at Mondelez, the parent company of Nabisco. Last year, executives instituted job cuts at a facility in Chicago, sending hundreds of middle class American jobs to Salinas, Mexico.
Labor Day is a celebration and reaffirmation of the two goals of the labor movement: dignifying work and enriching our communities and our families. While New Jersey has made great progress in these goals, our work will not be over until everyone has a job that affords workers the dignity and respect they deserve.
Labor Day is a week from today, which means Election Day is right around the corner – 71 days to be exact. While we are already working hard towards a victory on November 7th, we hope that everyone is able to enjoy a bit of rest and family time this weekend. Whatever your plans may be, we want to thank you for all the work you do to build stronger unions and communities. These may be challenging times, but our shared middle class values will continue to drive us forward.
Be sure to celebrate the contributions of labor to our communities at any of the following Labor Day events:
Today, August 18th, is the 97th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. This amendment, which gives women the right to vote, was nicknamed the Anthony Amendment after Susan B. Anthony. Though she is famous for fighting for women’s suffrage, she originally became an activist to fight for abolition and equal pay. It wasn’t until she spoke at the U.S. National Council of Women that she explained, "I wasn't ready to vote, didn't want to vote, but I did want equal pay for equal work." She realized that the key to affecting any change was having a voice through voting.
21st Annual Labor Candidates School Primes Union Member Office Seekers for Success in Crucial 2017 Election
As the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School marks its 21st year, we are proud to congratulate this year’s graduating class of 33 rank-and-file union members, who will be running for offices across our state from the municipal to county level. In addition, there are 23 Labor Candidates School alumni, who will seek reelection to office this year, including seven members of the State Legislature.
For photos of this year’s class, please CLICK HERE.