"Buy America" Legislation Clears Committee but Continued Action Essential to Ensure Assembly Passage
Today, the "Buy America" bill (A-3059) advanced out of the Assembly Budget Committee by a party line vote of 8 to 4. We anticipate that a full Assembly vote will take place as soon as next week on this bill as well as four complimentary pieces of “Buy America” legislation. In order to ensure passage of this package, your voice will be essential.
CLICK HERE to send a direct message to your legislators letting them know that you are counting on them to support "Buy America" legislation, which would create much needed New Jersey jobs and spur economic growth for the region.Read more
There are few pieces of legislation as noncontroversial and straightforward as A-2354, which would guarantee earned sick leave to all New Jersey workers. However, in today’s political environment, not even a bill as basic as this is going to be passed without our concerted efforts.Read more
A critical piece of legislation to support and create American jobs (A-3059) is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Budget Committee this Thursday, December 11, 2014. The bill would help increase domestic manufacturing in the United States and would create jobs for New Jersey workers. With our state suffering from high unemployment and a failure to recover from the jobs lost in the great recession, this is a common sense way to help American workers.Read more
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.