Statement from New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech regarding the governor’s executive order:
“New Jersey needs a blue ribbon panel on job creation, economic recovery and how to slow the number of housing foreclosures. It doesn’t need a study commission to remind police officers, teachers, firefighters and government workers that Gov. Christie is failing to uphold his own law to fund public pensions and has vetoed every solution the Legislature has sent to his desk.”
On tomorrow night’s show, Bill Maher will announce the last candidate to fill out the final four contenders for #FlipADistrict – a competition to determine which House of Representatives member is most deserving of being booted out of office. As we know here in New Jersey, that candidate is Scott Garrett.
There is no time to spare. We need everyone to log onto Twitter and Facebook right now to send a message to Bill Maher asking him to add New Jersey’s 5th District to the final four. Make sure to use the hashtags #FlipADistrict and #NJ5 in your posts and tweets.
Organized labor came out in force for Bonnie Watson Coleman on Wednesday, showing its unified commitment to helping elect a longtime ally as the next congresswoman from New Jersey’s 12th District.
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Subway Workers Vote to Unionize in Bloomsbury,
Crossing Guards in Hudson County Secure First Contracts
In the midst of nationwide protests against the fast food industry, which is known for unfair working conditions and substandard wages, RWDSU Local 108 is doing what it does best by helping these workers to stand up together for their livelihoods and for respect on the job. Despite the challenges of organizing fast food workers, we are thrilled to share the news that workers at a Subway in Bloomsbury, NJ voted decisively to unionize and join Local 108.
Sponsored by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and Greater New Jersey CLUW
Marking an innovative new approach on how to address our state and nation’s economic challenges, New Jersey’s unions held their first ever “Common Sense Economics” training yesterday at the Rutgers Labor Education Center in New Brunswick. A class of a dozen union members took part in the inaugural training, gaining transferrable knowledge and actionable tools to make our unions more effective and to achieve constructive economic reforms at all levels of government.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is engaged in a fight to save good union jobs at the Metropolitan Opera.
The general manager of the opera house, Peter Gelb, has orchestrated sweeping production changes that are radically driving up the cost and scope of operations. Rather than working with the 16 unions - including six IATSE locals - at the Met, Gelb is blaming labor for the spiraling costs associated with his extravagant productions and untested business model.
TRENTON – Charles Wowkanech, President of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, issued the following statement on the death of former Congressman Robert A. Roe:
Wouldn’t it be great to have Bill Maher fighting alongside us in this election to unseat New Jersey Congressman Scott Garrett (CD-5)? With your help, we can actually make that happen. Simply, include the hashtags #NJ5 and #FlipaDistrict in your Facebook and Twitter posts and a message about why Garrett should get the boot.
The Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers of New Jersey (BAC/ADC) organized a demonstration this week to call on LCOR – the developer behind the “Valley and Bloom Project” in Montclair – to abide by its contractual agreement and use union pension funds it received from California teachers unions to create union jobs.