Thanks to the vision, commitment and generosity of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to increase services to the county’s growing community of legal immigrants, We Are One New Jersey’s Union County Center is thriving.
Located in the easy-to-reach Jersey Garden Mall in Elizabeth, the center is filling an urgent need in this rich and diverse community for services to help legal, permanent residents become U.S. citizens. The center opens doors for new citizens. Only citizens can raise their voices, register to vote and fully engage in their community.
Union volunteers who were introduced to app-based labor walk packets for the first time on Saturday returned from the labor walk hugely enthusiastic about the new technology. The feedback from the volunteers who offered to download and use the app was overwhelmingly positive. They said it was easy and fun to use, and more efficient than the traditional paper packets because it allows more union households to be reached in a shorter period of time.
Special thanks to the Bergen County CLC for piloting this exciting new digital technology.
Momentum is building for the New Jersey State AFL-CIO labor walks, with volunteers from every sector of the labor movement fanning out from 14 locations around the state – from Paramus to Cape May – for the second statewide walk of the 2015 fall election season.
The next two days of contract talks are critical for nurses at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point (formerly Shore Memorial Hospital). The Shore Nurses Union/NYSNA announced that without significant progress in negotiations that have dragged on for nearly a year, a 10-day strike notice is imminent. As a result, nurses could be on the picket line as early as the first week of October as they fight for quality patient care for South Jersey residents.
Attention Young Workers: Join us on Sept. 29th for Our First Statewide Common Sense Economics Workshop
Common Sense Economics is an empowering workshop that includes interactive discussions and training exercises to equip participants with the tools to mobilize supporters and advance the labor movement’s progressive economic agenda.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers Advisory Committee looks forward to joining with IBEW 456, Central Labor Councils, union affiliates, community partners and young workers groups throughout the state to sponsor a statewide Common Sense Economics training to educate, inspire, and engage the next generation of union members.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome ‘the people’s pope,’ Pope Francis, to the United States. With the Pope set to visit Washington, DC, where he will be the first pope ever to address a joint session of Congress, as well as New York City and Philadelphia, we look forward to hearing his inspirational words as he challenges people of all religions to confront a culture of exclusion and indifference.
We thank the many volunteer union members who made the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s first statewide labor walk of the season a big success. With nearly 50 labor candidates on the ballot, we have the power to improve our economy by electing our own. We’re counting on all of you to join us on Saturdays through the fall to help elect candidates who will keep our state at the forefront of strengthening workers’ voices and preserving workers’ rights.
More and more young union workers are becoming involved in the political process after realizing that the opportunity to earn a decent living and live a decent life depends on who they vote into office. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO has been leading the effort to encourage young workers from every sector of the labor movement to pursue a progressive agenda through the state federation’s YES (Youth Engagement in Solidarity) groups forming through our Central Labor Councils around the state.