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NJ AFL-CIO to Gov. Christie: Fund Pensions

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO leadership were joined by Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and the leaders of the largest public-sector unions on Thursday, June 25, 2015, to urge Gov. Christie to obey his own law by fully funding pensions.

Everyone is abiding by the pension reform law – except the governor who signed it. Retirees forfeited their cost-of-living increases, active employees are paying more, local governments have never skipped a payment and the Legislature has again drafted a budget that includes the entire amount of required pension funding. And now, while the governor continues to break his own pension law by skipping contractually required pension payments, he is calling for additional concessions for public workers.

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Fast Track Passage a Devastating Blow to Working Families

Though New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation Nearly Unanimous in Opposition to Jobs-Killing Measure

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) also known as Fast Track. The measure outrageously allows no amendments and limited debate on trade deals and opens the floodgates to devastating job losses and reduced working standards around the globe. Despite the collective opposition from the labor movement, progressive allies, and environmental and human rights groups, the bill will be signed into law by President Obama, who made Fast Track one of his top legislative priorities.
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40th Annual Northeast Regional Summer School for Union Women

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The United Association of Labor Education (UALE) is sponsoring the 40th Annual Northeast Regional Summer School for Union Women at Penn State University, University Park Campus, from Sunday, July 26 - Thursday, July 30, 2015.

CLICK HERE for an informational brochure and a registration form.

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NJ AFL-CIO, Partner Lead Drive for Statewide Earned Sick Days

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The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its coalition partner, Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. (WFUNJ), continued to lead the campaign for statewide earned sick leave legislation on Monday by testifying in strong support of S-785 before the Senate Labor Committee.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Loretta Weinberg creates a uniform and humane standard so that no New Jersey worker is docked a day’s pay, or loses their job, because they are too sick to work. Approximately 1.2 million New Jersey workers still lack this basic workplace right.

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Fight Continues After House Passes Jobs-Killing Trade Deal

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The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is sickened by the House vote approving Fast Track, a bill we have been fighting against for months on behalf of workers.

By a narrow 218-208 vote, the House forfeited its responsibility to review and amend trade deals and handed this all-important check-and-balance over to the Executive Branch. President Obama has signaled his intent to use Fast Track’s expanded powers to OK a jobs-killing Trans-Pacific trade deal.

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NJ AFL-CIO Participates in AC Boardwalk Rally in Unity with Taj Mahal Workers

Protest of Working Conditions at Carl Icahn-owned Taj Mahal Leads to Arrests

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The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and our affiliates and community partners showed their unwavering support for our brothers and sisters of UNITE HERE Local 54 who work in Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal casino on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, by participating in a Boardwalk rally to demand that corporate raider Carl Icahn restore medical and retirement benefits to workers.

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NJ AFL-CIO Announces 2015 Candidate Endorsements

Affiliated unions make NJ labor history by delegating dozens of young workers to participate in the annual endorsement conference

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ATLANTIC CITY – More than 600 delegates representing 1,000 labor unions and 1 million members of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO convened at Caesars Atlantic City June 16 & 17, 2015, to participate in the endorsement process for one New Jersey Senate seat, 80 state Assembly seats and for a slate of 48 rank-and-file union members seeking public offices at every level of government.

CLICK HERE for a list of this year's endorsements.

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First Statewide Young Workers Summit Empowers Dozens to Lead in the Fight for Labor’s Future

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The first New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers Summit held Monday, June 15, 2015, at Caesars Atlantic City was packed to capacity. Over 75 young workers from 29 local unions participated in the program, harnessing the opportunity to learn from each other, better understand the labor movement, and continue building the statewide young workers program.

CLICK HERE for photos.

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