TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech released the following statement in response to Governor Murphy’s budget address:
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join with many of our affiliates and coalition partners to continue our long-term advocacy to enact an earned sick leave law that benefits all working families in New Jersey. We commend and thank Assembly members Lampitt and Mukherji, the prime sponsors of this legislation (A-1827), for their tireless efforts in support of the bill and Assembly Labor Committee Chair Joseph Egan for posting the bill for a hearing. We further praise all those committee members for their votes to advance this essential measure.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Robert C. Sweeney, former President & Business Manager of Iron Workers 399 and the father of Senate President Stephen Sweeney and New Jersey State AFL-CIO Vice President Richard Sweeney.
There are 1,400 of our CWA brothers and sisters currently out on strike at Frontier Communications, a company that offers telecom services in 29 states around the country, including New York and Pennsylvania. While New Jersey is not an operational territory, we wanted to make sure that our members, who may live in neighboring states are aware of the strike, and we urge all to stand strong with our brothers and sisters on the picket lines.
Thanks to the hard work of our affiliates and coalition partners, it was announced that earned sick time legislation (A-1827: Lampitt / Mukherji) is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Labor Committee on Monday, March 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room 15 of the State House Annex. Assembly members Lampitt and Mukherji have been passionate advocates of this legislation, and we thank them for their leadership on this issue.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO commends our AFT brothers and sisters in West Virginia on a hard fought victory to ensure quality education and good jobs, and we thank all those affiliates who stood in solidarity with them every step of the way.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO Commemorates Five-Year Anniversary of Pope Francis with Faith, Labor Leaders
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – In recognition of the long-term partnership between labor and faith institutions, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join in sponsoring a panel discussion featuring Archbishop of Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka that took place this evening at Seton Hall University to discuss and reflect on the five year anniversary of Pope Francis.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO urges all affiliates to lend their support to our AFT brothers and sisters in West Virginia, who have been on strike for 10 days. The West Virginia state Senate turned its back on more than 33,000 teachers and school support staff by rejecting a pay-raise deal that the House of Delegates passed 98-1 and that the governor and union members support.