Atlantic City faces difficult financial challenges, yet Governor Christie's current proposal – which seeks to limit collective bargaining – is unacceptable. S-1711 is a Chris Christie power grab aimed at Atlantic City that strips workers of hard earned rights. On the other hand, Assembly Speaker Prieto's bill protects New Jersey's communities from Christie and his Wall Street friends.
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Joint statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and New Jersey AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech on the proposal to take over Atlantic City:
“Attempts to undermine collective bargaining under the pretext of solving financial challenges are nothing new. We’ve seen it in states and cities across the country. We know that the best way to solve problems is to collaborate with workers who are on the front lines, like firefighters, police, teachers and city employees. Governor Christie’s current proposal – which seeks to limit collective bargaining – is unacceptable. The state Senate and the General Assembly should work together to find the right compromise that supports the principle of collective bargaining and protects the rights of working people.”
President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement on Gov. Christie's conditional veto of bills to aid Atlantic City:
"With the entire Atlantic City region in financial crisis, and thousands of casino workers laid off from their jobs, it is irresponsible for this governor to let a package of bills idle on his desk through the summer then announce today that he would not enact the critically needed aid measures. The governor’s inaction leaves tens of thousands of working families who were counting on relief in continued financial distress.”Read more
The Executive Board of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO has voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to not patronize the Taj Mahal and Tropicana casinos, two Atlantic City properties owned by billionaire robber baron Carl Icahn.
Icahn stripped workers of their health care and retirement benefits and abruptly eliminated their paid half-hour meal breaks. He has refused to negotiate in good faith. For these reasons, we respectfully ask you and your union members to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at UNITE HERE Local 54, who have borne the brunt of Icahn’s ruthless and greedy assault on workers.Read more
Protest of Working Conditions at Carl Icahn-owned Taj Mahal Leads to Arrests
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and our affiliates and community partners showed their unwavering support for our brothers and sisters of UNITE HERE Local 54 who work in Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal casino on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, by participating in a Boardwalk rally to demand that corporate raider Carl Icahn restore medical and retirement benefits to workers.Read more
Back in the fall, we requested that you support our brothers and sisters who work in Atlantic City by booking your upcoming meetings and conferences there whenever possible. We are heartened by your response!Read more
New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement on Senate President Steve Sweeney’s and Sen. Jim Whelan’s Atlantic City fiscal stability legislation, which was introduced to help the ailing city and its residents recover from high unemployment and skyrocketing taxes as a result of multiple casino closings:Read more
Billionaire businessman Carl Icahn has repeatedly shown his callous indifference for casino workers by forcing thousands out of their jobs and stripping away health care and retirement benefits from those who remain on his payroll. Now, he’s threatening to go through with a plan to close another Atlantic City casino unless the state and already struggling city come through with a massive and unrealistic aid package.Read more
Solidarity Alert: Stand Up for AC Casino Workers Whose Pensions and Health Benefits Are Being Stripped Away
Eleven-hundred of our brothers and sisters from UNITE HERE Local 54 who work at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal casino are being stripped of their pension and health care due to the flagrant anti-union actions of a billionaire businessman and a giant casino company.Read more
“How many billions does a billionaire need,” asked New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, responding to billionaire Carl Icahn’s shameful attempt to break a contract with 1,100 Atlantic City casino workers. “Icahn’s bottom fishing in Atlantic City’s waters shows all that is wrong with a system that allows a billionaire to get richer while hourly-wage workers are told to give up their pensions and health care – and even their paid lunch breaks!”Read more