ATLANTIC CITY – More than 600 delegates attending the New Jersey State AFL-CIO 29th Constitutional Convention at Harrah’s Resort have reaffirmed the leadership of President Charles Wowkanech and Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan by unanimously re-electing the executive officers to a four-year term.
Wowkanech and Brennan were first elected executive officers in 1997. Under their leadership, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO has been supporting one million union brothers and sisters and their families in the fight for good jobs, a growing economy, middle-class values and a progressive agenda.
“As a senior member of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Executive Board, I have worked alongside Charlie and Laurel from the beginning, and I’ve always known them to be dedicated, progressive and inclusive representatives to all sectors of the labor movement,” said Raymond Pocino, vice president and eastern regional manager of Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). “Charlie and Laurel are well-respected among their peers in labor because they lead by example – they are always on the front lines on behalf of New Jersey’s working families. No one works harder, longer or more diligently than they do.”Read more
“Unions Helped Build the Greatest Middle Class in History.” – Hillary Clinton.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to share news of the national AFL-CIO’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.
The endorsement by the general board reflects a comprehensive democratic process to serve the interests of the 12.5 million working men and women that the AFL-CIO represents.Read more
New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement on the bipartisan, long-term funding plans for the Transportation Trust Fund announced Friday:
“The New Jersey State AFL-CIO has been working for many years with leadership of both houses of the Legislature, our building and construction trade unions, transit unions, coalition partners and stakeholders to advance a long-term solution to funding our state’s transportation and infrastructure needs. Today, we are pleased to finally see progress being made on long-term transportation funding.”
“On behalf of one million working men and women and their families who live and work in our state, we urge the governor to engage in a substantive discussion on these proposals immediately and to take action as soon as possible to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund.”
“Our infrastructure is a key driver of our economic prosperity, and is vital to creating family sustaining jobs and a good quality of life for our residents. The citizens of this state have been in limbo for too long on how our roads, rails and bridges are going to be paid for – it’s time for a bipartisan solution to be enacted.”
UNITE HERE Local 54 has reached an agreement with Welcome Hotel Group LLC, owners of Trenton’s Wyndham Garden Hotel, after more than a year of contentious negotiations.
Hotel workers recently ratified the first-time contract. Additionally, all outstanding unfair labor practice charges have been settled.Read more
Tentative Settlement Is Testament to the Power of Collective Bargaining
Our brothers and sisters at Verizon are set to return to work on Wednesday after a six-week strike over jobs and wages that was resolved with a commitment for 1,300 new U.S. call center jobs and pay raises totaling 10.9 percent over four years.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is very proud of the strength shown by the strikers and the solidarity demonstrated by our brothers and sisters in the labor movement. Every sector pitched in to show their support in ways large and small – by joining a picket line, donating to the IBEW and CWA strike funds, adopting a store, paying their phone bill by mail rather than online and bringing coffee and donuts to our brothers and sisters on the line.Read more
The new officers of the Southern NJ Central Labor Council, President Robert Schiavinato (AFM) and Secretary-Treasurer Leon Jones (BAC), were sworn in yesterday by Congressman Donald Norcross (D-01) and New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan. During the meeting, council members and labor officials spoke glowingly of the new leadership team and their commitment to our union values.Read more
Our IBEW 351 brother, Rep. Donald Norcross, has achieved so much since New Jersey voters elected him to Congress last year. Today, we celebrate his being named to the House leadership team by House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer.
Rep. Hoyer has named Brother Norcross as assistant whip, a position rarely bestowed on a first-term Congressman.Read more
New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan was honored Thursday, March 20, with the Sol Stetin Award, which was presented during the American Labor Museum’s annual benefit gala.Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO announces the hiring of Trenton political reporter Angela Delli Santi as its new communications director.Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s Strategic Planning Committee was joined this morning by national AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, who addressed the meeting prior to the endorsement and signing of the state federation’s 18-month Strategic Plan.Read more