The “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013” also known as “comp time” legislation is pending a vote in the House of Representatives and we anticipate that a vote may occur as early as next week. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is opposed to this bill and asks you, your friends, and family to take action in opposition.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join with many of our community partners and union affiliates at this Saturday’s record-setting Rutgers Day, which drew a crowd of approximately 83,000. There was an incredible response and enthusiasm for the “Raise the Wage” campaign, and people were grateful to learn that their vote this November 5th has the power to determine the future of our state’s minimum wage policy.
On Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO remembers the working men and women who suffered injuries on the job and whose lives were needlessly cut short due to workplace hazards and inadequate safety precautions. We think of these workers’ families and the unfathomable pain and economic hardship that follow the loss of a loved one. Every worker should be able to go to work with the confidence that they will return safely home to their family at the end of the day.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO, as a founding partner of Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. (WFUNJ), is proud to announce the hiring of campaign veteran Geoffrey Borshof, of Montclair, NJ, as the campaign manager for the WFUNJ “Raise the Wage” campaign. “Raise the Wage” is a statewide effort to win voter approval of the November ballot question which would raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $8.25 per hour and include a cost of living adjustment.
Each year on Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, we remember those who were injured, died on the job, or suffered from work-related illness, and we renew our fight for safe workplaces. 2013 marks the 25th commemoration of Workers Memorial Day and our work is far from finished. See below for this year’s events in honor of Workers Memorial Day.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is pleased to inform our affiliates of a new AFL-CIO/Union Plus “Dreams of Jobs and Freedom Scholarship” program to help talented high school seniors from families in need – including union families and those in the community – to help pay for the costs of higher education. The program plans to provide $5,000 scholarships to a minimum of 50 students.
Governor Chris Christie has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for the second time, but the question remains: what impact has the Governor’s influence had?
Fair Contract – Solidarity Rally: Join AFSCME, District 1199J, & IUOE 68 to Demand a Fair Contract and Worker Justice at Jersey City Medical Center
The injustice being done to our brothers and sisters at Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) is abhorrent and union busting at its worst. AFSCME, District 1199J, and IUOE 68 combined represent hundreds of professional, administrative, maintenance, service and emergency personnel at JCMC. Despite the unions’ good-faith bargaining, management has responded by launching a campaign of misinformation and intimidation in coordination with the known union busting firm Yessin & Associates.
“Unions are the problem.” These were the words that Governor Christie used in response to a question posed by a teacher at a recent town hall meeting.
In a handful of communities voters went to the polls on Wednesday, April 16, 2013, to elect members of their Board of Education. School Boards establish local policy, award construction contracts, establish PLA’s and also act on issues related to employee contracts. These issues are of particular interest to New Jersey’s working families represented by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO.