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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Announces 2014 Endorsements Including 24 Labor Candidates

Senator Donald Norcross Becomes State’s First Labor Candidate to Run for Congress

Over 600 delegates, representing 1,000 labor unions and the one-million union members of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, convened at Caesars Atlantic City from June 10-11, 2014, to participate in the endorsement process for one U.S. Senate seat, 12 U.S. House Districts, and a slate of 24 rank-and-file union members running for public office from the town council to federal level. Since the inception of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program, 781 election victories have been achieved to date.

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

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Public Employees: Take Action to Save Your Pension

When Gov. Christie announced his illegal plan to slash pension funding, the unions representing public employees vowed to sue to protect our members’ rights. Together, we are moving forward to file that suit quickly.

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Wowkanech: Christie's budget plan 'short-sighted attempt to reset the pin in the grenade'

Trenton – New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech released the following statement today upon learning of the governor’s intention to close the current budget shortfall by cutting the pension payments the state will make over the next two budget years:

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NJ AFL-CIO joins with legislators, manufacturers & workers to call for passage of 'Made in America' bills to create & protect jobs

Cite Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s Decision to Buy Italian Steel,
Bypassing NJ Fabricator & Workers

Trenton – New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech today teamed with Senate President Steve Sweeney, manufacturers and out-of-work steelworkers to call for passage of a bipartisan 5-bill package of “Made in America” legislation he is sponsoring to ensure that taxpayer and toll-payer dollars are used to support American businesses and not shipped overseas.

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Demands Action From SDA on School Repairs

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join with Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. and our progressive partners outside of Paterson’s School 14 on May 2, 2013, to call on the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) to release funding for new school construction and much needed safety modifications for all of New Jersey’s schools.

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Star-Ledger op-ed by Pres. Wowkanech: NJ Pension Fund Needs Saving, Not Starving

Pension System Needs Saving, Not Starving
Charles Wowkanech
The Star-Ledger, May 9, 2014 

The news that the state widely missed the mark on its April revenue projections was a sobering call that our fiscal house is far from being in order. With a budget gap of more than $800 million to make up in a little less than nine weeks, the administration and lawmakers will be scouring the budget to look for savings.
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Wowkanech calls on Legislature to again shut the door on Civil Service Commission's patronage scheme

Trenton – Following today’s decision by the Civil Service Commission to implement its “job banding” rule following last year’s invalidation by the Legislature, New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech called on lawmakers to again vote to override the action.

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Wowkanech: Administration taking credit where it isn't due; UI saved by end to raids, not by Christie

Taking exception to the Christie administration’s revisionist history that claims credit for the solvency of the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech reminded officials that the fund’s saving came from strong legislative action and voter approval to end years of raids by cash-hungry governors.

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Workers Memorial Day 2014: Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living

The following letter-to-the-editor from New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech is being published in newspapers across the state:

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Wowkanech: Governor is sabotaging his own reforms for political gain

New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech today rebutted the governor’s assertions made during last night's "Ask the Governor" program regarding health care costs for retired public workers:

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