PolitiFact NJ Highlights New Jersey State AFL-CIO Claim Regarding Christie’s Corporate Tax Breaks and Education Cuts
A report released today by PolitiFact NJ in the Star-Ledger confirms some disturbing facts regarding Governor Christie’s policies. PolitiFact found that in 2010, the Governor made two cuts to education which totaled about $1 billion. The study also found that the Christie administration is on target to hand out $2.3 billion is corporate tax breaks, which is almost double the $1.2 billion spent on corporate tax breaks over the entire previous decade.
Broad Coalition Testifies Against Civil Service “Broadband” Regulation
Senate Passes First Responders Protection Act (S-1778) & Privatization Cost Analysis Bill (S-968)
It was a busy legislative day today in Trenton with lawmakers advancing several key bills supporting working families. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks Prime Sponsor Assemblywoman Huttle and Chairman Joe Egan for posting A-998 in the Assembly Labor Committee. The bill requires cost analysis for the privatization of contracts, among other pro-worker provisions. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO testified in support of the bill which passed mostly on party lines with Democrats Egan, Wagner, Albano, DeAngelo, O’Donnell and Coughlin voting “yes” and Republicans Space and Webber voting “no.” Assemblyman Dancer abstained.
The “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013” also known as “comp time” legislation, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 223 to 204 mostly along party lines on May 8, 2013. We thank all members of the New Jersey House delegation who voted against this anti-worker bill and are proud that of the eight Republicans throughout the nation who opposed this bill, three were from New Jersey.
TRENTON – The New Jersey State AFL-CIO issued the following statement regarding Governor Christie’s veto of the early voting bill.
Creates 655 Union Construction Jobs and to Feature Residential, Retail, and Education Space
TRENTON – Area workers, community members, labor leaders, elected officials, and key project stakeholders joined today to break ground on the $131 million Park Place construction project in Hoboken, which is being funded by the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation.
On the second Saturday of every May our nation’s letter carriers pick up food donations to help feed the hungry in our communities. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” national food drive, the largest one-day food collection event in the country.
The “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013” also known as “comp time” legislation is pending a vote in the House of Representatives and we anticipate that a vote may occur as early as next week. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is opposed to this bill and asks you, your friends, and family to take action in opposition.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join with many of our community partners and union affiliates at this Saturday’s record-setting Rutgers Day, which drew a crowd of approximately 83,000. There was an incredible response and enthusiasm for the “Raise the Wage” campaign, and people were grateful to learn that their vote this November 5th has the power to determine the future of our state’s minimum wage policy.
On Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO remembers the working men and women who suffered injuries on the job and whose lives were needlessly cut short due to workplace hazards and inadequate safety precautions. We think of these workers’ families and the unfathomable pain and economic hardship that follow the loss of a loved one. Every worker should be able to go to work with the confidence that they will return safely home to their family at the end of the day.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO, as a founding partner of Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. (WFUNJ), is proud to announce the hiring of campaign veteran Geoffrey Borshof, of Montclair, NJ, as the campaign manager for the WFUNJ “Raise the Wage” campaign. “Raise the Wage” is a statewide effort to win voter approval of the November ballot question which would raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $8.25 per hour and include a cost of living adjustment.