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Elected Officials, Unions, and Community Groups Emphasize Need to Raise the Minimum Wage at Asbury Park Press Conference

Asbury_Park_Press_Conference_1.JPGWinning approval of Ballot Question #2 to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage depends on achieving a maximum voter turnout on November 5th. The vast majority of us realize that $7.25 per hour doesn’t cut it in our state. If you do the math, there simply is no way to pay for rent, utilities, child care, transportation, insurance, and health care – even if you have two or three minimum wage jobs. We all know that our state must do better.

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Star-Ledger Urges New Jersey to Vote “Yes” on Ballot Question #2 to Raise the State Minimum Wage

In an editorial printed just days before Election Day, the Star-Ledger made it clear that the right choice for voters this November 5th is to vote “Yes” on Ballot Question #2 to raise the minimum wage. In their view, “this is not a close call. It’s past time to give these underpaid workers some relief.”
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Daily Journal and Courier Post Editorials in Favor of Ballot Question #2

As opponents to raising the minimum wage ramp up attacks against Ballot Question #2, it is always encouraging to see stories in the news that cut through the rhetoric and explain why increasing the minimum wage is a good thing for struggling families and our state’s economy.

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Mayors, Elected Officials, and Labor/Community Partners Call for Approval of Minimum Wage Increase during Jersey City Leafleting & Press Conference

Jersey_City_Press_Conference_1.JPGWe thank Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, and Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith as well as all elected officials, union members, and community partners who joined together at the Journal Square PATH Station to urge commuters and local residents to vote “Yes” on Ballot Question #2 this November 5th. Ballot Question #2 is a statewide referendum that if approved by voters, would raise the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour and tie future adjustments to the cost of living.

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Cory Booker Elected to U.S. Senate by Promoting Vision of Compromise and Progress

Becomes New Jersey’s First African-American U.S. Senator

Booker_U.S._Senate_Victory_2013.JPGIn today’s Special U.S. Senate election, Senator-Elect Cory Booker soundly defeated his opponent Steve Lonegan and made history by becoming New Jersey’s first African-American U.S. Senator. This victory reaffirms the fact that New Jersey voters strongly support Cory Booker’s vision for social progress, compromise, raising New Jersey’s minimum wage via Ballot Question #2 this November 5th, and an economy that works for all. At the same time, this election sends a strong message that New Jersey families firmly reject the divisive and regressive thinking of Tea Party politicians like Steve Lonegan.
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U.S. SENATE – ELECTION TODAY: Vote Cory Booker For U.S. Senate

Polls Open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO wholeheartedly believes that the best candidate to represent New Jersey families in the U.S. Senate is Mayor Cory Booker. As mayor of Newark, Cory Booker has worked on reducing poverty and crime, as well as fighting to foster economic growth. We strongly believe Mayor Booker will be committed to fighting for the core values of the middle class, bringing a vision of compromise and compassion to the U.S. Senate.

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Letter to the Editor: Reduce CEO Worker Pay Gap With Minimum Wage Increase

TRENTON, N.J. – The following is a Letter to the Editor sent to the Philadelphia Inquirer, by Charles Wowkanech, New Jersey State AFL-CIO President, in response to an Op-Ed piece that appeared in the paper:

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Shutdown Press Conference Calls on Lawmakers to End Shutdown, Avoid Debt Ceiling

Joined By Mayor Cory Booker, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Furloughed Government Worker from AFGE

Shutdown_Press_Conference_1.JPGThis morning, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO joined Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and furloughed government workers from AFGE at the State House to call on lawmakers to pass a clean continuing resolution to fund the government and stop the senseless attacks on working families.
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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Testifies in Support of PSE&G Energy Strong Program

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO recently testified before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to support the PSE&G Energy Strong Program, a five-year $3.9 billion program that will fund important upgrades to our state’s energy infrastructure and result in a more reliable energy grid during times of crisis.

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LOCATION CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER: New Jersey State AFL-CIO to Urge Lawmakers to End the Government Shutdown and Stop Senseless Attacks on Working Families

State Federation Officers to join with Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Senate President Stephen Sweeney for Trenton Press Conference on October 10, 2013

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO finds the behavior of far-right politicians in Washington, who have shut down the U.S. government, to be both reckless and irresponsible. These lawmakers, who were elected to represent the interests of their constituents, are instead holding the American people hostage to attract media attention, score cheap political points, and advance the narrow partisan goal of defunding the Affordable Care Act.
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