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Workers Memorial Day: ‘Mourn for the Dead, but Fight Like Hell for the Living’


The labor movement sets aside April 28th of each year to remember workers who died on the job in the past year – our brothers and sisters, colleagues, family members and friends – who literally gave their lives to their jobs. Further, we pledge to redouble our efforts to fight for safe workplaces for all, in the name of those who died. We thank our affiliated unions, Central Labor Councils, Building Trades Councils, elected officials and workplace colleagues for their continued dedication to the urgent task of speaking out for safe work sites.

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We Are One New Jersey to Offer Citizenship Application Fee Loans


We are extremely proud to announce the newest progressive step in our ongoing commitment to build stronger communities: A partnership between a labor-supported immigrant advocacy organization and the country’s biggest union-owned bank to offer loans to cover the cost of applying for U.S. Citizenship.

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Workers Memorial Day Events Planned

Too many of our brothers and sisters are killed or seriously injured on the job each year, while others die or become permanently disabled because of work-related diseases.

Workers Memorial Day on April 28th is the day set aside to remember our fallen colleagues, as well as to renew our resolve to demand safe environments for all workers.

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NJ's 2nd labor-supported immigrant advocacy center opens in Union County


The state’s second labor-supported immigrant advocacy center opened Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the Jersey Gardens Mall in Elizabeth, as the result of a unique partnership between Union County and We Are One New Jersey, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping more than 400,000 legal immigrants living and working in New Jersey become U.S. citizens.

We are One New Jersey – Union County Center provides U.S. citizenship application assistance, including preparatory classes for the citizenship test and referral, notary and translation services, at low- or no-cost to Union County residents.

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NJ Legislative Leaders Sweeney and Prieto Act in Support of Pension Lawsuit

New Jersey’s legislative leaders, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and General Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, will sign on as amicus curiae to the New Jersey public employees’ pension lawsuit challenging the Christie Administration’s continuing failure to make statutorily required payments to the state pension system.

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Act Now to Put the Brakes on Fast Track


Congress has introduced the job-killing Fast Track bill. To defeat this measure, we all need to make our voices heard. All it takes is one moment of your time. You can call or forward an e-mail to your members of Congress using the information below:

  • Call: 1-855-790-8815 to be connected directly to your representative’s office
  • E-mail: Forward a prewritten message to your members of Congress by clicking HERE.
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National, State, and Local Labor Leaders Host Worker Appreciation Luncheon at Park & Garden Site in Hoboken

Park & Garden Workers Appreciation Luncheon
Credit: Stan Schnier Photography

The Park & Garden project in Hoboken broke ground in 2013, putting to work hundreds of skilled union craftsmen and women from the surrounding community. Over its duration, this project is expected to create a total of 655 union construction jobs, including more than 1.3 million union construction hours.

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Funeral Services Set for Union Brother Frank Forst

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Francis (Frank) A. Forst, a distinguished labor leader and longtime officer of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s Executive Board, who died Sunday at age 84.

Frank was a lifelong advocate for social and economic justice who spent his career championing issues on behalf of all working-class people. He was a leading voice supporting laws giving public employees the right to bargain, and was responsible for Local 194 being the first in the nation to see Martin Luther King Day become a contractually recognized holiday.

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