Harrah’s Resort offers a state-of-the-art Convention Center that could provide an excellent venue for your conferences and other engagements in Atlantic City. It is unfortunate however that the audio/visual staff at Harrah’s are non-union workers, employed by a contractor called Encore. Therefore, we encourage you to hire an outside union vendor to service your event before booking. The facility itself was constructed union and the majority of Harrah’s workers, with the exception of the dealers, are union.Read more
As of 6:00 a.m. this morning, about 1,000 members of UNITE HERE Local 54 went out on strike at the Trump Taj Mahal. We ask that you please support our brothers and sisters by joining their picket line, which will run around the clock, and informing others of the strike before the busy 4th of July weekend.
UNITE HERE Local 54 was engaged in negotiations with five Atlantic City casinos and managed to reach agreements with Tropicana Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, and Harrah’s Resort before today’s strike deadline.Read more
With the strong backing of labor, the New Jersey Assembly voted Thursday to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour within five years.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO along with its affiliates and community partners have led the fight to raise the minimum wage on behalf of workers struggling to make ends meet while working a full-time job. A $15 minimum wage will help uplift all workers in this high-cost state and will stimulate the economy by giving those at the bottom of the economic ladder more money to spend on groceries and clothing.
We thank the legislators who sponsored the bill in the Assembly – Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblymen John Wisniewski and Gary Schaer – and the members of the Assembly who supported working families by voting for the bill.Read more
Democrats and Republicans in the Assembly Judiciary Committee joined together last week to unanimously support bill A-3614. The bill – released from committee with a 7-0 vote – charts a responsible course for Atlantic City to recover from unprecedented consolidation of the casino industry.
Our video recaps the testimony and captures what the issue means for Atlantic City’s workers. Please watch it here:
Compromise Atlantic City Recovery Bill (A-3614) Passed Unanimously Out of Committee with Bipartisan Support
The Assembly Judiciary Committee voted unanimously, 7-0, on Thursday to move ahead with a responsible compromise bill that gives Atlantic City the time and support it needs to recover from serious economic challenges brought on by the consolidation of the casino industry.
Speaker Vincent Prieto’s bill, A-3614, has the bipartisan support of the entire Assembly Judiciary Committee. New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan testified for the state federation, with unions representing police and firefighters, teachers, city sanitation workers, government employees packing the room to express their support.Read more
Solidarity was evident on Tuesday with more than 300 leaders and rank-and-file members representing various unions joining together with our allies and community partners for a march and rally to fight for Atlantic City’s future and city employees’ jobs.
“When labor has no role, democracy has no future,” New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech told the cheering crowd. “An injustice to one is an injustice to all.”Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and AFSCME District Council 71 will be leading a march and rally on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, from Caesars Atlantic City to City Hall, to express our strong support for a compromise bill (A-3614) that helps Atlantic City recover from the economic challenges brought about by consolidation of the casino industry without destroying collective bargaining or nullifying union contracts. Please join us!
March and Rally for Atlantic City’s Future & Employees' Jobs
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
12:30 p.m. March starts at Caesars Atlantic City. Meet on Atlantic Avenue.
1:00 p.m. Rally at City Hall, 1301 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City
City Sanitation Worker Making $22K Would Lose Job, Family Medical Benefits, Housing in Governor’s Takeover
Atlantic City’s financial crisis is taking a toll on city workers like Ahmid A. Abdullah Sr., a 39-year-old sanitation truck driver who finds it nearly impossible to support his family on his $22,000 yearly salary. The only raises he has received in 12 years in the Public Works Department have come through collective bargaining.
Abdullah urges the Legislature to “put yourselves in our place,” and vote for A-3614, the compromise bill that restores Atlantic City without dismantling collective bargaining, civil service, labor protections and more.Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and many affiliated unions from across the tristate area packed the Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday morning to express unanimous support for an Atlantic City Recovery bill that allows the city to come back from its financial challenges without dismantling union members’ collective bargaining rights.
Speaker Vincent Prieto’s compromise bill, A-3614, was passed unanimously with bipartisan support by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
The 7-0 vote followed nearly two hours of passionate testimony led by New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, who told the panel, “If labor has no voice, democracy has no future.”Read more
The following letter has been sent to members of the New Jersey General Assembly:
Demonizing unions, dismantling collective bargaining rights, stripping away the voice of local elected officials and disenfranchising voters is no “solution” to Atlantic City’s fiscal crisis. But, that’s just what the Atlantic City takeover legislation aims to do.
The bill being touted as the answer to Atlantic City’s prayers would hand Gov. Christie an unprecedented and frightening amount of power over not just Atlantic City’s finances, but over numerous other cities to which the bill could be applied.
The legislation in its current form would give Gov. Christie carte blanche to dismantle previously negotiated contracts, eliminate civil service, end the right to organize and grant the state immunity against unfair labor practices. Are you prepared to hand the governor that kind of power?Read more