Bill to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 Heads to U.S. House Floor
On Wednesday, March 6, the House Committee on Education and Labor advanced a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024. It cleared the panel in a 28-20 party-line vote.
TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech today issued the following statement in response to Governor Murphy’s budget address:
“The New Jersey State AFL-CIO commends Governor Murphy for his efforts to make New Jersey a stronger and fairer state. His proposed investments and progressive agenda will help position our state for an even brighter future.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO Hosts 16th Annual WILD Conference
More than 300 union sisters from all sectors of organized labor gathered at the Hilton East Brunswick Hotel on March 1 for the 16th annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Conference. This two-day conference featured several distinguished speakers, including Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW) and Alice Paul Institute Executive Director Lucienne Beard.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to congratulate our union brother, Rob Garrison, on his appointment to the Westfield Board of Education.
Starting TODAY, Workers Can Use Their Accrued Sick Days
As of today, February 26, 2019, workers who started receiving paid sick leave when the law took effect last October can begin taking advantage of their accrued sick days.
On Friday, February 22, Congressman Donald Norcross announced that the memorial to Labor Day founder Peter J. McGuire is now part of the National Register of Historic Places.
Organized Labor Celebrates Gov. Murphy's Signing of Paid Family Leave Reform Law
Today, Governor Murphy signed into law Paid Family Leave Reform legislation (S-2528: Sweeney/Diegnan/Ruiz & A-3975: Quijano/Giblin/Downey). The bill extends the paid leave period from six weeks to 12 weeks, increases the benefit amount from two-thirds of a claimant’s average weekly wage to 70 percent of that wage with a higher maximum threshold, and expands job protection to businesses with 30 employees or more.
On Monday, February 4, Governor Murphy signed A-15/S-15, a landmark piece of legislation gradually increasing New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. Once fully phased in, this long-awaited wage hike will directly benefit an estimated one million or more workers.