The New Jersey State AFL-CIO emphasized the pressing need for long-term funding for the state’s vital transportation network of roads, bridges, rails, tunnels and mass transit in testimony to a Senate Legislative Oversight Committee on Monday, August 10, 2015.
Our state’s economic vitality and the well-being of our residents depend on a safe, reliable transportation network. Yet, here in New Jersey, one in four of our bridges is structurally deficient, there is no money for new projects and commuting times are growing due to deficient roads, decrepit tunnels and inadequate rail and bus service.
We are very disappointed that Gov. Christie used his position to promote violence against teachers and our labor movement. It’s a sad day when a person who is asking to lead our country says that the national teachers union ‘deserves a punch in the face.’
IBEW Local 94 in Mercer County became a classroom on Friday, July 31, 2015, for young workers taking part in Common Sense Economics led by Jennifer Higgins of AFT Local 1904 and Carli Meneses, president of IAM Local 2339N.
The workshop focused on how workers can harness their collective power to improve their economic circumstances. First, labor must be united. Second, all members of the labor movement – especially our future leaders – must be engaged in the political process and be invested in electing leaders who believe in advancing progressive policies that help working families get and stay ahead.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO reminds you to continue to support our brothers and sisters at UNITE HERE Local 54, who have been negotiating in good faith and whose employer cut health care for workers several months ago. This dispute has not been resolved.
In an opinion piece on NJ.com and published in the Times of Trenton newspaper on Saturday, July 18, 2015, NJ State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech lays out common-sense measures that can be taken now that would add as much as $1.6 billion to New Jersey's public pension system without costing 99 percent of taxpayers a penny.
The NJ AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions are leading the search for solutions to NJ's pension funding problem. Please CLICK HERE to read the full op-ed.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is pleased to report that an important milestone has been reached in the ongoing effort to control public employees’ health care costs without sacrificing quality of care. A patient-centered health care plan has been approved and will be available to employees on a pilot basis beginning early next year.
We commend our union representatives for overseeing the design of public-employee health benefit plans and for their five months of hard work and negotiation in getting this innovative new health care delivery model approved. We also applaud Senate President Stephen Sweeney for spearheading the program. Senator Sweeney called the approval of the plan “a great victory” and he credited the members of our affiliated unions with making it happen.
As Fourth of July weekend approaches, we are reminded of the many rights and freedoms that others around the world lack: freedom to join a union, freedom to vote in elections and to do our jobs in workplaces free of intimidation and suppression.
These freedoms were not achieved easily. But for the blood spilled by our ancestors, who had the courage to seek independence, and the sacrifices of our union brothers and sisters, we would not have the many rights and freedoms that we enjoy today.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is pleased to share the news that our IBEW 827 brothers and sisters at Comcast joined together in solidarity to soundly defeat the company’s aggressive campaign to decertify the union. This victory is a testament to the strength, solidarity, and hard work of union members and the IBEW 827 organizing team. On behalf of our one-million member union family, we congratulate our IBEW 827 brothers and sisters, Business Manager Robert Speer, Business Agent Rich Spieler, Lead Organizer Joe Mastrogiovanni and Chief Stewards Leah Connelly and Glenn Yeary on a job well done.