Assembly Labor Committee Votes to Release Bill 6 to 2
The decision to go on strike is a matter of having no other choice. In order to protect workers who are forced out on strike, we ask that you send a message right now to your state Assembly members, asking them to support A-3819, which provides unemployment benefits to strikers and is anticipated to be voted on in the coming days.Read more
“Governor Christie’s veto of a phased in $15 minimum wage is sadly not surprising given his endorsement of Donald Trump, who has said that ‘wages are too high’,” stated New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “This is yet another example of the Governor putting politics before the best interests of our state.”Read more
Workers Continue Fight to Advance Stalled TTF Bill
Workers filled the streets and halls of the capitol complex today as the state Senate took up crucial legislation concerning unemployment compensation for strikers, and a deadline loomed to place the pension funding question on the ballot this year.
With thousands of jobs on the line, workers also realize the necessity of funding the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). The New Jersey State AFL-CIO supports the compromise funding bill, S-2411/A-12, and will continue to prevail upon legislators to take up and approve this legislation. CLICK HERE to urge your legislator to support TTF funding now.
During a noon rally in front of the Statehouse, hundreds of union members called on legislators to approve a measure that would place the pension funding question on the ballot for voters to decide. The deadline for the Senate to act is August 8th. It is therefore imperative that every union member lend his or her voice to this effort. CLICK HERE to send a message to your state Senator now and show your solidarity for our brothers and sisters.Read more
Take Action Now to Ensure Passage on Monday
The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee met today to consider A-12 and S-2411, regarding a sustainable funding method for the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. Committee members adopted several amendments to reconcile the differences between the Senate and Assembly bills. The amended legislation was released from committee by a vote of 8 to 4 with one abstention. The full Senate is expected to consider the bill on Monday, August 1, 2016.
With thousands of jobs on the line and millions of dollars in construction projects at stake, it is imperative that the full Senate and Assembly move immediately to pass this legislation. CLICK HERE to send a message to your Senator urging him or her to vote yes on the amended bill.Read more
The decision to go on strike is never easy. Just ask Local 54 workers at the Taj Mahal who have gone without pay and benefits for nearly four weeks. Think about the thousands of CWA and IBEW members who were on strike at Verizon for six weeks. It is clear that going on strike is a measure of last resort.
Therefore, legislators must step up to ensure that workers, who have no choice but to go on strike, are eligible for unemployment benefits. A bill to provide these benefits to strikers is set for a floor vote in the state Senate on Monday, August 1, 2016. We urge you to send a pre-written message to your state Senator, urging him or her to support S-2160.Read more
One of the core functions of our state government is to ensure the safety, efficiency and dependability of our transportation systems. Unfortunately due to the current situation regarding inaction in funding the Transportation Trust Fund, this core function is not only at risk today, but that risk is getting worse each and every day we continue to delay.Read more
The New Jersey Senate approved legislation to phase in a $15 minimum wage on Thursday, sending this progressive pro-worker legislation advocated by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO to the governor’s desk.
The 21-18 vote was mostly along party lines, with all Republicans voting no and all Democrats but three voting yes. CLICK HERE to see the full roll call vote.Read more
With Transportation Trust Fund legislation (S-2111/A-11 & S-2412/A-10) being released from Committee with bipartisan support on Thursday, we now look to Monday when we anticipate the bills being posted in both houses.
We respectfully ask all affiliates to come to the State House on Monday, June 27, 2016, to personally speak with legislators and urge them to support these important bills. Caucuses begin at 10:00 a.m. and the first voting session begins at 1:00 p.m.Read more
More than 600 delegates, representing 1,000 labor unions and one million members and their families, convened at Harrah’s Atlantic City on June 21-22, 2016, for the purpose of officer elections, candidate endorsements and outlining the priorities of the state labor movement. On Tuesday, delegates voted unanimously to reelect President Charles Wowkanech, Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan and all members of the Executive Board.
“The work of this convention is an integral part of our organization’s ongoing success and ensures that working families will continue to have a leading voice on the job and at all levels of government,” stated President Charles Wowkanech. “The bipartisan slate of candidates, unanimously approved by the delegates, all possess the leadership, expertise and values needed to uplift and empower our state’s working families during these challenging economic times.”
CLICK HERE for complete list of endorsement decisions.Read more