We already know that our Labor Candidates School is a point of great pride for our movement here in New Jersey. One of the most satisfying parts of our jobs is watching brothers and sisters win election to leadership positions that will ensure labor is at the forefront of positive change for our state and communities.
Today, the State Senate adopted SCR-166, a resolution which invalidates the “job banding” rule proposed by the Civil Service Commission. The measure was adopted mostly along party lines by a vote of 21 to 16 and follows the adoption of the resolution in the State Assembly on Monday, January 6th.
IFPTE Local 194 is waging a multiple year battle against privatization and the destruction of jobs on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. We have been advised by Local 194 that they will hold an event to raise the necessary resources for conducting an aggressive and multifaceted campaign opposing privatization.
In today’s legislative session, the Assembly adopted ACR-215 along party lines by a vote of 46 to 31 with zero abstentions. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks the Assembly leadership for posting this resolution and those legislators who voted in support.
Earlier in 2013, the Civil Service Commission proposed a “job banding” regulation which negatively impacts the promotion process and opens up the civil service system to patronage and discrimination.
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Right-wing efforts to block an extension of long-term unemployment benefits have left 1.3 million Americans and over 90,000 New Jerseyans out in the cold. We must take immediate action to restore these benefits, and your voice can make the difference as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote tonight and the House of Representatives votes within the next two weeks.
In 2013, we saw the New Jersey labor movement at its best. This Labor Fax celebrates our solidarity, our movement, and the victories we achieved thanks to your support, courage, and endless commitment to the working people of our state.
For over two years, workers on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway have sacrificed and fought to keep their jobs. Their battle against privatization has resulted in annual pay reductions of approximately $15,000 to $20,000 per worker, essentially turning family-sustaining middle class jobs into low-income ones.
The Christmas holiday and coming year will be a little sweeter for thousands of families across our state, following passage of the minimum wage ballot question. As of January 1, 2014, approximately 400,000 families will begin to earn some additional income, which will go a long way towards making ends meet, affording an extra meal, spending more time with family, and being able to fulfill a child’s Christmas wish.
Today, Newark teachers, union members, community allies, and local residents took to the streets to protest destructive budget cuts, school closures, and top-down policies which undermine Newark’s public school system.
Turnpike and Parkway workers are battling against privatization and fighting to keep their jobs. Yesterday’s picket to oppose privatization was a tremendous success, bringing together 60 supporters representing a diverse group of unions. Your solidarity is the key to preserving these jobs, and we once again ask that you lend your support.