Labor Day is a celebration of the work we do as well as having jobs that work to support our families and communities. Since their dawn in America, labor unions have been focused on these two overarching goals. While much progress has been made, our work will continue until every job affords workers the dignity and respect they deserve.Read more
On Labor Day, we recognize and honor the achievements of America’s working people. Many of us will spend the day with close family and dear friends at a barbecue, picnic or other community event. While we enjoy the fellowship of our loved ones, it also is important to reflect on the best ways working people can continue to make our voices heard in our economy and democracy.
Below are some local events you can participate in to celebrate and enjoy this important day.Read more
With the July 4th weekend upon us, we would like to wish you and your family a happy Independence Day.
America’s birthday is a good time to reflect on the many rights and freedoms that we in America enjoy and commit to keeping good jobs in our great country by buying American-made products and supporting union businesses whenever possible.Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO joins with our affiliates and community partners this Memorial Day in honoring the servicemen and women who gave their lives for our freedom. These American heroes will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
We also salute men and women who served, or are currently serving, our country. We are so grateful for their sacrifices and bravery.Read more
All sectors of the labor movement come together each April 28th to pay tribute to the workers who have become ill or died on the job, and to renew our fight for safe workplaces. We honor our fallen colleagues who literally gave their lives to their jobs and strive for work that is safe and healthy and that pays fair, family sustaining wages.
New Jersey consistently ranks among the lowest states in the country in worker fatalities and injuries due to our strong union presence here and the strength of our union family. Nonetheless, work-related accidents claimed the lives of 36 men and women in 2015, according to preliminary estimates. As recently as last week, a construction worker in Jersey City fell down an elevator shaft and lost his life.Read more
Too many of our brothers and sisters are killed or seriously injured on the job each year, while others die or become permanently disabled because of work-related illnesses and diseases.
Workers Memorial Day on April 28th is the day set aside to remember our fallen colleagues, as well as to renew our resolve to demand safe environments for all workers. April 28th was chosen because it is the anniversary of the formation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Here is the list of Workers Memorial Day events to honor these workers:Read more
Dr. Martin Luther King gave his life for civil rights and social justice. He dreamed of a society in which men and women are judged by their actions, treated equally and with respect, and given an opportunity to attain the American Dream.
Dr. King was a champion of workers’ rights. The final civil disobedience campaign of his life was waged in solidarity with sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., who asked for his help during a long strike for job safety, better wages and benefits and recognition of their union.Read more
As we join together with family and friends this week to share a meal and give thanks for our many blessings, we ask you to remember your union and the many benefits being a union member brings.
History shows us the countless gains we have made through union solidarity, including higher wages, safer working conditions and the right to speak with one collective voice for better workplaces. But unions are only as strong as their members. It’s more important than ever that we remain faithful to the labor movement and active in our locals. When we stay union, we stay strong!Read more
We celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th to honor the men and women who serve our country.
On this day, we honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
While we honor these brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country, we also recognize that our veterans need care and services upon returning home.Read more
Workers are the backbone of our country, and labor unions continue to be the vehicle through which workplace standards are raised and workplace gains are achieved. It is fitting on Labor Day that we honor workers and their unions, which work together every day to create a better life for all.
Sure, some people like the Koch Brothers are trying to undermine our unions. But, a clear majority of Americans understand that labor unions uplift the middle-class, as a recent Gallup poll showed. That’s because the labor movement has been leading the way for progressive reforms benefitting all workers for more than a century. Gains like Social Security, civil rights, OSHA and public-sector bargaining would have been impossible without strong unions. We would not have seen a 40-hour work week or a higher minimum wage without unions leading the way. There is still much work to do.Read more