ATLANTIC CITY – While Governor Christie is in town for the ground breaking at the new Stockton Campus, local residents, workers, faith & civil rights leaders held a press conference to send a message to him that the state takeover has a significant negative impact on a host of issues impacting Atlantic City.
“Privatization has a long history of failing workers and taxpayers in New Jersey” said NJ State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “Time and time again, whether it’s the privatization of the State Lottery, the DMV or auto inspections, the road of privatization contracts “gone bad” is a long one. The privatization of the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) would bring with it traditional “reforms” such as immediate reduction in workers’ wages and benefits. And although privatization often promises minor savings up front as an enticement to enter into the contract, in the long term, taxpayer costs and user fees are increased and services are reduced” concluded Wowkanech.Read more
NAACP National President Cornell Brooks will Join Labor & Community Allies
The negative impact of the state takeover in Atlantic City is drastically impacting workers, residents, and businesses. We have already seen the state pursue drastic cuts to public safety, including police and firefighters. Now, the looming threat of privatization at the Municipal Utilities Authority threatens to undermine services further. Simply stated, the harsh realities of the misguided state takeover of Atlantic City are setting in and growing.Read more
This past Saturday, March 25th, Atlantic City’s concerned community came together to raise awareness of the public safety issue the city faces. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and our affiliates, alongside Atlantic City’s firefighters, police officers, and community activists, handed out flyers to visitors at the Boardwalk to warn them about drastic budget cuts to public safety departments. Together, with our brothers and sisters in public safety, we discussed the impact of budget cuts with patrons of the boardwalk and how critical it is that they contact their state legislator to fund public safety in the city.Read more
The state has proposed drastic cuts to police and fire departments in Atlantic City that pose a threat to public safety, jobs, and the city’s economic recovery. We therefore call on all our brothers and sisters to join us in the fight for Atlantic City’s future by taking part in a leafleting action this Saturday. Details are as follows:Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO joined with its labor and community coalition partners last Friday to host a press conference and announce the launch of a project called “Don’t Gamble on Safety AC”. CLICK HERE to help keep Atlantic City safe, and be sure to watch and share the video from this event.Read more
Nothing is more important to Atlantic City’s recovery than the safety of visitors, residents, and businesses. With the threat of severe cuts to police and fire staffing levels, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO in partnership with PBA Local 24, IAFF, Teamsters Local 331, AFSCME District Council 71 and ACWCPA have launched a website and Facebook page to educate the public about the impact of the state takeover on public safety.
To lend your voice to the effort, CLICK HERE to send a message asking your legislators to support A-4556.Read more
More than 1,100 Taj Mahal workers remain on strike, demonstrating remarkable endurance and commitment to securing workplace justice and a middle class standard of living. The strikers are frequently supported by visiting affiliate unions. They received the largest outpouring of support so far on Thursday, as workers from across the labor movement fanned out across the boardwalk to bolster their cause.Read more
While workers continue to fight for fair treatment and affordable health care, billionaire Carl Icahn has continued to sling threats and undercut middle-class jobs in New Jersey.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO stands in firm support of our 1,100 striking brothers and sisters at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, and we urge you to join us for a rally this Thursday to show your solidarity and union pride.Read more
More than 1,000 of our UNITE HERE Local 54 brothers and sisters are on strike at the Trump Taj Mahal. These workers, and the community, are under siege by billionaire Carl Icahn, who took away their half-hour paid meal break after stripping them of health care and pension benefits.
Our union brothers and sisters contributed to Trump Taj Mahal’s success and deserve decent wages and benefits. Sign this petition and join us at the rally to show your support. Wear your union colors and show your union pride!Read more
More than 1,000 of our UNITE HERE Local 54 brothers and sisters have been on strike at the Trump Taj Mahal since last Friday. These workers and the community refuse to tolerate greedy billionaires who exploit Atlantic City and enrich themselves at the expense of working families.
In order to combat the damage being done by organized greed, we are calling on the support of all sectors of organized labor to join our brothers and sisters on the picket line being run around the clock. Please also spread the word to your friends and family to honor the strike. If you are attending a conference or meeting in Atlantic City, be sure to stop by and show your support.Read more