New Jersey State AFL-CIO Continues Push for Earned Sick Days, Assembly Labor Committee Votes to Advance Bill
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO sincerely thanks our affiliates, community partners, and many elected leaders who continue to make statewide earned sick days a top priority for our state. Today, the State Federation was proud to join with our progressive allies to offer testimony before the Assembly Labor Committee in support of the statewide earned sick days bill (A-2354). The bill was released by a vote of 6 to 3 which fell along party lines:Read more
The Assembly Labor Committee has just announced that it will consider very important legislation on earned sick time next week. Details are as follows:Read more
NJ AFL-CIO joins with legislators, manufacturers & workers to call for passage of 'Made in America' bills to create & protect jobs
Cite Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s Decision to Buy Italian Steel,
Bypassing NJ Fabricator & Workers
Trenton – New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech today teamed with Senate President Steve Sweeney, manufacturers and out-of-work steelworkers to call for passage of a bipartisan 5-bill package of “Made in America” legislation he is sponsoring to ensure that taxpayer and toll-payer dollars are used to support American businesses and not shipped overseas.Read more
Wowkanech: ‘Our tax dollars should be kept here, not sent overseas’Read more
New Jersey State AFL-CIO praises committee approval of legislation to help working families, students fully prepare for college costs
Trenton – Calling it a strong first step to helping working families and students avoid crushing college loan debt, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO today praised the Assembly Higher Education Committee’s approval of legislation to require colleges to provide detailed information to prospective students regarding the true costs of attendance.Read more
Today, the State Senate adopted SCR-166, a resolution which invalidates the “job banding” rule proposed by the Civil Service Commission. The measure was adopted mostly along party lines by a vote of 21 to 16 and follows the adoption of the resolution in the State Assembly on Monday, January 6th.Read more
In today’s legislative session, the Assembly adopted ACR-215 along party lines by a vote of 46 to 31 with zero abstentions. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks the Assembly leadership for posting this resolution and those legislators who voted in support.
Earlier in 2013, the Civil Service Commission proposed a “job banding” regulation which negatively impacts the promotion process and opens up the civil service system to patronage and discrimination.
While the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill on June 27, 2013, with bipartisan support, the effort to create a roadmap to citizenship has come to a screeching halt in the Republican controlled House, and further action is not expected until after the August Congressional recess.Read more
Governor Christie Veto’s Legislation Seeking to Enhance Transparency, Protect Taxpayers When Awarding Privatized Contracts
Also Vetoes Legislation to Protect Domestic Jobs From Outsourcing
Early Friday evening, Governor Christie quietly vetoed legislation that required a cost analysis of proposed privatization contracts. Despite strong support for the concept from his own Privatization Task Force Chairman and former Republican Congressman Dick Zimmer, Christie continues to illustrate his desire to undermine government transparency and undermine taxpayer protection efforts from the negative financial impact of privatization boondoggles that have plagued our contracting process in the past. Privatization “gone wrong” has resulted in squandering millions in taxpayer dollars while simultaneously rewarding politically connected contractors. The bill, S-968 / A-1494 (Weinberg, Turner / Vainieri Huttle, Watson Coleman) sought a common sense approach to contracting by requiring a cost analysis prior to privatizing a government service, as well as conducting the same audit after the contract was implemented, in order to assure that potential savings actually materialized.Read more
Broad Coalition Testifies Against Civil Service “Broadband” Regulation
Senate Passes First Responders Protection Act (S-1778) & Privatization Cost Analysis Bill (S-968)
It was a busy legislative day today in Trenton with lawmakers advancing several key bills supporting working families. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks Prime Sponsor Assemblywoman Huttle and Chairman Joe Egan for posting A-998 in the Assembly Labor Committee. The bill requires cost analysis for the privatization of contracts, among other pro-worker provisions. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO testified in support of the bill which passed mostly on party lines with Democrats Egan, Wagner, Albano, DeAngelo, O’Donnell and Coughlin voting “yes” and Republicans Space and Webber voting “no.” Assemblyman Dancer abstained.