The U.S. House of Representatives voted down a bill supporting American workers who lose their jobs because of trade deals, largely to derail the Fast Track legislation that is packaged with it.
The worker assistance measure, known as Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA, was resoundingly rejected – a defeat that effectively sunk the Fast Track bill. However, Republican leaders plan to take up TAA again soon, perhaps as early as Tuesday, so the fight to stop Fast Track continues.
Congress is in the midst of considering whether to grant President Obama permission to push ahead the largest trade deal in history – involving nearly 40 percent of the world economy, spanning the globe from Japan to Chile. Although the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, may not be familiar to most Americans, its potential impact could be felt by millions. In an article in today's Star-Ledger, President Wowkanech and Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. explain why allowing President Obama to 'fast track' the Pacific trade partnership would devastate New Jersey's working families and harm the state's economy. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.
NJ State AFL-CIO Vows to Continue Fight for Full Pension Funding, Economic Stability and Middle-Class Families
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is outraged that the New Jersey State Supreme Court ruled against 800,000 current and retired members of the New Jersey public pension system by overturning a Superior Court decision that Gov. Christie violated his own law when he withheld state pension payments.
“This ruling is disheartening for current and retired employees who have gone to work, lived by the rules and faithfully paid into the system,” said Charles Wowkanech, president of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, which filed the lawsuit with 16 public employee unions. “After dedicating their entire careers to public service, this ruling leaves them more worried than ever that their modest pensions won’t be there when they need them.”
“It is important to understand that this isn’t solely a setback for public employees,” added Wowkanech. “This is setback for the entire state and in particular, our economy. The failure of the governor to act responsibly has resulted in a record nine credit downgrades and has made New Jersey the poster child for fiscal irresponsibility.”
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO respectfully asks that you continue to support our UNITE HERE 54 brothers and sisters, who have been negotiating in good faith and whose employer cut health care coverage for workers. This dispute remains unresolved.
Our brothers and sisters at UNITE HERE 54 report that the owner of the Wyndham Garden Hotel near the state Capitol in Trenton abruptly changed the conditions of employment.
We have great news to share: Both New Jersey State AFL-CIO Public Employee Committee-endorsed candidates have won their elections to the Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees!
The election of Tracy Smith of AFSCME Council 73 to the County seat and Carey Brown of CWA Local 1037 to the State seat means that our brothers and sisters in the public sector maintain their majority on the nine-member PERS board – and increase that majority by one vote!
Please join us on Monday, June 8, 2015, as Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6) tours the World Trade Center Health Program clinic at Rutgers University and holds a press conference with first responders on an upcoming hearing to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
The $1.5 billion in fees the state of New Jersey paid to Wall Street pension fund managers over the past five years was an unwise use of taxpayer money, concludes a nationally known investment expert who analyzed pension investment returns and fund management fees.
The independent report by finance and investment expert Jeff Hooke of Maryland was released Thursday at a Senate Legislative Oversight hearing examining New Jersey’s increased investment in hedge funds and equity funds and the 300 percent increase in management fees paid to Wall Street firms since 2010 to manage those investments.
We encourage all affiliated unions to consider sponsoring members to participate in the upcoming national AFL-CIO Regional Organizing Institute in Philadelphia, PA. This 3-day basic organizing skills training provides a framework of fundamental knowledge for both new and experienced organizers. Topics include one-on-one communication skills, moving workers to take action, leadership ID and development, and internal/external organizing techniques.
Find details for the training below along with registration and lodging information HERE.