After briefing the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions on Thursday, Senate President Stephen Sweeney unveiled plans to pilot a new, patient-centered health care delivery system in select regions of the state.
As Gov. Christie welcomed Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai to the Statehouse on Wednesday, it was obvious that the governor was serving his own political interests rather than those of the New Jersey workers he was elected to represent.
Urge Members of Congress to Put the Brakes on This Runaway Legislation
The national AFL-CIO recently advised us that President Obama is lobbying members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to support Fast Track legislation, and the vote is expected to be close. Your participation in the AFL-CIO’s National Lobby Day on March 4, 2015 is necessary to defeat Fast Track and keep jobs in our state and in our country.
In his recent op-ed, AFSCME General President Lee Saunders, makes it clear that unions and their progressive community allies are the key to rebuilding our nation’s middle class. Trickle-down economics has proven time and time again to be an abject failure, and it is time for us to return to the proven strategy of building our middle class from the ground up. That job begins with workers, their unions, and many progressive grassroots partners.
Congress is considering a bill that is bad for democracy, bad for workers, and would effectively put global corporations in charge of writing our trade deals. The threat this legislation poses to working families cannot be understated; its impact would be drastic and devastating.
Please call your members of Congress right now at 1-855-712-8441, and urge them to oppose Fast Track because it undermines our democracy and American workers.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had the opportunity to create badly needed manufacturing and fabricating jobs here at home, where job creation has lagged the region and too many residents remain unemployed. But, instead of signing the bills requiring public contracts to be filled with US-made materials whenever possible, Christie vetoed the “Buy American” bills the Legislature sent to his desk in December.
In New Jersey, the Passaic County CLC is at the forefront of engaging and empowering our young union brothers and sisters through a program called Passaic County YES (Youth Engagement in Solidarity). The group which began meeting last year has an action packed agenda for 2015 that will focus on building grassroots solidarity among young workers and combining our strength with the broad labor movement to achieve progressive reforms.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to join our nation in commemorating Black History Month. This is a time for us to reflect on the diverse contributions and perseverance of African Americans throughout our country’s history. While this month is a reminder of our nation’s darkest days, it is also a testament to enduring human strength, spirit, and the ongoing pursuit of justice in America.