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National Protest of Walmart: New Jersey Unions and Community Partners to Join in Secaucus, NJ to Demand Respect and Fair Wages at Walmart

Black_Friday_Walmart_Protest_1.jpgThis Black Friday, November 29, 2013, workers, union members, and community partners will convene outside of Walmart stores all around the nation to protest the company’s poverty wages, workers’ rights violations, ruthless greed, and shameful business practices that undermine worker safety in our New Jersey communities and around the globe.

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Walmart Holds Food Drive for Workers Rather than Paying Them a Fair Wage

Walmart_Food_Drive_for_Employees.jpgAs the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, a Walmart store in Ohio decided that the best way to show its appreciation for their employees was to hold a food drive for them. A number of bins were placed out with signs asking customers to donate to employees so that they could enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. It is outrageous that one of the world’s most profitable corporations – which made $15.7 billion in profits last year alone – is paying their workers so little that they are unable to provide their families with a decent Thanksgiving meal.

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Post-Election “Raise the Wage” Press Conference Highlights Minimum Wage Victory and Benefits to State

Raise_the_Wage_Post_Election_10.JPGThe New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join with Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. today for a press conference to celebrate and reflect on yesterday’s monumental victory and the historic approval of Ballot Question #2. The conference featured coalition partners, Senate President Steve Sweeney – one of the prime sponsors of the minimum wage, Trenton Councilwoman Marge-Caldwell Wilson, and Tayzia Treadwell, one of the many workers who will benefit from the minimum wage increase.

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TODAY is Election Day: Your Vote is Critical to a Working Families Victory

Polls Open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Today is the day to make your voice heard. There are few elections that will empower voters like today’s will. New Jerseyans will have the chance to raise our state’s minimum wage and include an annual cost of living increase by voting “Yes” on Ballot Question #2. The importance of this vote cannot be understated as it will provide a long-overdue wage increase to over 400,000 hard working families in our state. This money would immediately be spent on basic goods and services benefiting local economies and helping communities to grow.
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ELECTION DAY VICTORY: New Jersey Voters Overwhelmingy Approve Ballot Question #2

State Legislature Maintains Working Families Majority

Election Day 2013 provided a solid victory for New Jersey working families. We applaud Senator Barbara Buono for running a vigorous campaign, championing the rights of New Jersey’s working families, and fighting to advance our shared middle class values including the minimum wage. While we did not win every battle we faced this year, we succeeded in achieving overwhelming voter approval of Ballot Question #2 to raise the state minimum wage and to include an annual cost of living adjustment. This policy will uplift families, boost the local economy, and could not have come at a better time for our state. We also succeeded in preserving working family majorities in the State Legislature with victories in several competitive districts, despite an unprecedented spending blitz from the Governor and his political machine, which sought to defeat our endorsed candidates. We elected 47 out of 68 labor candidates to public office with four races too close to call, achieving a 69% win ratio. We remain fully committed to advancing an agenda that will promote progress, economic fairness, and social justice for all New Jersey working families.
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Rank-and-File Union Members Participate in Statewide Leafleting of 12 Train Stations

Encourage Commuters to Vote “Yes” On Ballot Question #2

Princeton_Mass_Transit_4.JPGTomorrow is Election Day. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and we urge everyone who casts a ballot to please vote “Yes” on Ballot Question #2 to raise the minimum wage. This election is unique in that New Jersey residents have the power to vote for an increase in the minimum wage and will have the final say on this critical state policy. Therefore, it is vitally important that you make your voice heard on Tuesday, November 5th.
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New York Times, South Jersey Times, and Times of Trenton All Say Vote “Yes” on Ballot Question #2

Yet another three newspapers have indicated their support for Ballot Question #2 to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage. The New York Times, South Jersey Times, and Times of Trenton have brought the total number of major newspaper endorsements up to six. Previous endorsements include the Star-Ledger, the Courier Post, and the Daily Journal.

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One Year Later, Superstorm Sandy Recovery Continues Yet Many State Challenges Remain Unaddressed

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. For most of us, this is a day for reflection. But for thousands of New Jersey families, who remain displaced from their homes, today is yet another day of recovery and a harsh reminder of one of the most devastating storms in our state’s history.

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Elected Officials, Unions, and Community Groups Emphasize Need to Raise the Minimum Wage at Asbury Park Press Conference

Asbury_Park_Press_Conference_1.JPGWinning approval of Ballot Question #2 to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage depends on achieving a maximum voter turnout on November 5th. The vast majority of us realize that $7.25 per hour doesn’t cut it in our state. If you do the math, there simply is no way to pay for rent, utilities, child care, transportation, insurance, and health care – even if you have two or three minimum wage jobs. We all know that our state must do better.

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Star-Ledger Urges New Jersey to Vote “Yes” on Ballot Question #2 to Raise the State Minimum Wage

In an editorial printed just days before Election Day, the Star-Ledger made it clear that the right choice for voters this November 5th is to vote “Yes” on Ballot Question #2 to raise the minimum wage. In their view, “this is not a close call. It’s past time to give these underpaid workers some relief.”
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