As Fourth of July weekend approaches, we are reminded of the many rights and freedoms that others around the world lack: freedom to join a union, freedom to vote in elections and to do our jobs in workplaces free of intimidation and suppression.
These freedoms were not achieved easily. But for the blood spilled by our ancestors, who had the courage to seek independence, and the sacrifices of our union brothers and sisters, we would not have the many rights and freedoms that we enjoy today.Read more
We will never forget the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our national freedom and humanitarian justice around the world. On behalf of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO which represents one-million union members and their families, we join in honoring our fallen soldiers this Memorial Day. And to the brave men and women who served, or are currently serving overseas, we cannot thank them enough for their sacrifice and heroism. They will always be in our thoughts and prayers.Read more
The labor movement sets aside April 28th of each year to remember workers who died on the job in the past year – our brothers and sisters, colleagues, family members and friends – who literally gave their lives to their jobs. Further, we pledge to redouble our efforts to fight for safe workplaces for all, in the name of those who died. We thank our affiliated unions, Central Labor Councils, Building Trades Councils, elected officials and workplace colleagues for their continued dedication to the urgent task of speaking out for safe work sites.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 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.Read more
“The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.”– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19th, 2015, for his unparalleled civil rights achievements, it’s important that we also recognize and honor Dr. King as a champion of workers’ rights.Read more
On behalf of all our union brothers and sisters, and in the spirit of solidarity, we would like to wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and safe holiday and New Year.
We thank all of you for your unwavering support. As we enter 2015, we know that in our unity, strength, and solidarity, we will prevail. May the joy of the holiday season bring you and your family peace and happiness.
Labor Day is a celebration of working people and the progressive achievements of the labor movement. It is an occasion for us to come together as a community to appreciate the many ways in which workers keep our state running. Labor Day is a reminder of how much we all depend on each other and that by working together we can improve the world in which we live.
Below are some local events you can participate in to celebrate and enjoy this important day.Read more
The following letter-to-the-editor from New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech is being published in newspapers across the state:Read more
The Christmas holiday and coming year will be a little sweeter for thousands of families across our state, following passage of the minimum wage ballot question. As of January 1, 2014, approximately 400,000 families will begin to earn some additional income, which will go a long way towards making ends meet, affording an extra meal, spending more time with family, and being able to fulfill a child’s Christmas wish.Read more
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