For the first time in more than a decade, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is now fully staffed with five members and the Board can once again function to protect workers’ rights and enforce our nation’s labor laws. The U.S. Senate’s confirmation of the President’s nominees, Nancy Schiffer and Kent Hirozawa, ends several months of obstruction by the right wing to stop the Board from functioning and marks a major win for working families.
With 8.7% unemployment and a net property tax spike of nearly 20% during Christie’s first three years in office, New Jerseyans need to take a close hard look at which candidates in the upcoming election represent their values and are going to fight on behalf of all working families.
Gov. Christie likes to claim he hasn't raised taxes. But the burden on New Jersey's working families has gone up during his time in office. What gives?
While the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill on June 27, 2013, with bipartisan support, the effort to create a roadmap to citizenship has come to a screeching halt in the Republican controlled House, and further action is not expected until after the August Congressional recess.
The Right Wing’s refusal to confirm nominees to the NLRB National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) means that there is no functioning body to uphold U.S. Labor laws. Under these conditions, employers can willfully violate labor laws without any consequence. This has been the case for the last year and a half, and business groups could not be any happier.
Good riddance. Those are the two words we have for Walmart, which vows to cancel plans for at least three of six stores being built in Washington D.C. if the city requires them to pay a living wage. Walmart’s actions are in response to a city council approved ordinance requiring large retailers to pay a living wage of at least $12.50 per hour to employees.
Concurrent Resolution to Reject Governor Christie’s Proposed Regulation Creating “Job Banding” Passes Both Houses
Mostly along party lines, (Sen. Singer joined all Democrats present in voting “yes”) the State Senate today passed ACR-199 by a vote of 24-13-3. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks the prime sponsors, Senators Gordon, Greenstein and Lesniak for their leadership, as well as Senate President Sweeney for posting the resolution.
Governor Christie Veto’s Legislation Seeking to Enhance Transparency, Protect Taxpayers When Awarding Privatized Contracts
Also Vetoes Legislation to Protect Domestic Jobs From Outsourcing
Early Friday evening, Governor Christie quietly vetoed legislation that required a cost analysis of proposed privatization contracts. Despite strong support for the concept from his own Privatization Task Force Chairman and former Republican Congressman Dick Zimmer, Christie continues to illustrate his desire to undermine government transparency and undermine taxpayer protection efforts from the negative financial impact of privatization boondoggles that have plagued our contracting process in the past. Privatization “gone wrong” has resulted in squandering millions in taxpayer dollars while simultaneously rewarding politically connected contractors. The bill, S-968 / A-1494 (Weinberg, Turner / Vainieri Huttle, Watson Coleman) sought a common sense approach to contracting by requiring a cost analysis prior to privatizing a government service, as well as conducting the same audit after the contract was implemented, in order to assure that potential savings actually materialized.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO Joins Elected Leaders and Coalition Partners to Kickoff Minimum Wage Events in North and South Jersey
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join today with top New Jersey elected officials – Senator Barbara Buono, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, and Newark Mayor Corey Booker – along with many community partners, during two events to support approval of this year’s ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage. The event was organized as part of the Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. “Raise the Wage” campaign.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO Endorses Barbara Buono for Governor, Pledges to Approve Ballot Question to Raise NJ’s Minimum Wage
Endorsement Decisions Made for all 120 State Legislative Seats and a Slate of 60 Rank-and-File Union Members Running for Public Office
ATLANTIC CITY – “New Jersey State AFL-CIO conference delegates voted overwhelmingly today to endorse Senator Barbara Buono for governor,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “Senator Buono has a consistent and clear record of supporting New Jersey’s working families. She is the only candidate who understands that in order to grow our economy we need to work from the bottom up – ensuring access to a quality education, family-sustaining jobs, and economic opportunities to achieve a middle class lifestyle.”