New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), UFCW Local 1262 President Harvey Whille and labor and community leaders from across northern New Jersey held a press conference on Thursday, May 28, 2015, to discuss the many negative consequences for communities and working families that will result if the president’s Fast Track trade negotiating power is renewed.
Controversial trade legislation passes Senate, moves to House
New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech will join U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), UFCW Local 1262 President Harvey Whille and other labor and community leaders from across northern New Jersey at noon on Thursday, May 28, 2015, to discuss the potential impact of pending legislation in Congress granting fast track authority for trade deals, specifically the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), on middle- and working-class families.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO respectfully asks that you continue to support our UNITE HERE 54 brothers and sisters, who have been negotiating in good faith and whose employer cut health care coverage for workers. This dispute remains unresolved.
Our brothers and sisters at UNITE HERE 54 report that the owner of the Wyndham Garden Hotel near the state Capitol in Trenton abruptly changed the conditions of employment.
We want to publicly thank Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker for being among the 37 senators who opposed the Fast Track bill in the U.S. Senate on Friday.
The national AFL-CIO and the New Jersey State Federation continue to lead the fight to stop Fast Track, federal legislation that would give the President too much power to negotiate trade deals. Senators Menendez and Booker courageously stood with labor – and all working families – and bucked President Obama, who has been lobbying aggressively to gain expedited trade negotiating authority.
We will never forget the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our national freedom and humanitarian justice around the world. On behalf of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO which represents one-million union members and their families, we join in honoring our fallen soldiers this Memorial Day. And to the brave men and women who served, or are currently serving overseas, we cannot thank them enough for their sacrifice and heroism. They will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
ORGANIZING VICTORY: Penske Workers Overcome Aggressive Anti-Union Campaign, Win Representation with IAM
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates the IAM District 15 organizing team and the workers at Penske Truck Leasing’s Bridgeport, NJ facility on their recent organizing success. This was a hard-fought victory in which workers had to overcome a full-blown anti-union campaign carried out by the company’s labor relations department. In the end, it was grassroots organizing and trust that enabled workers to prevail. This victory ensures that two dozen Technicians and Customer Service Representatives at Penske now have the opportunity to exercise their voice on the job.
Congratulations to two union brothers on their victories in the Tuesday, May 12, municipal elections.
John Amodeo, a former New Jersey Assemblyman and member of IUOE Local 825, was elected to a seat on the Margate City Commission. Harry Kumburis, a building engineer and a member of IUOE Local 68, won a seat on the Cedar Grove Township Council.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and the telecommunication industry are attempting to quietly and quickly implement a proposal that would eliminate some of the few remaining consumer protections for local phone service. These actions will immediately harm our union brothers and sisters and members of the public.
CLICK HERE to sign a petition sponsored by IBEW 827 that urges the BPU to oppose the deregulation of local phone service. Please also share this petition with your friends to help surpass our goal of 1,000 signatures.