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
A resolution that would benefit working families moved forward on Monday, due to the advocacy of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and our dedicated affiliates.
The Assembly Judiciary Committee advanced resolution ACR-109, which asks voters to amend the Constitution to require the state to make its required pension payments on a quarterly basis. If the full Assembly votes for the measure and the Senate approves a similar resolution (SCR-2), voters would decide this November whether the state must live up to its pension obligation for nearly 800,000 active and retired public workers.Read more
With the strong backing of labor, the New Jersey Assembly voted Thursday to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour within five years.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO along with its affiliates and community partners have led the fight to raise the minimum wage on behalf of workers struggling to make ends meet while working a full-time job. A $15 minimum wage will help uplift all workers in this high-cost state and will stimulate the economy by giving those at the bottom of the economic ladder more money to spend on groceries and clothing.
We thank the legislators who sponsored the bill in the Assembly – Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assemblymen John Wisniewski and Gary Schaer – and the members of the Assembly who supported working families by voting for the bill.Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and the community advocacy organization Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc., are at the forefront of a new campaign to ensure that every worker in our state has the opportunity to earn a survivable wage.
That’s why the state federation and our allies in the community are championing the bill S-15/A-15, which raises the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years.Read more
The Assembly Labor Committee advanced three bills on Thursday that would help strengthen New Jersey’s working families.
The bill, A-15, gradually raises New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, giving low-wage workers a much needed raise in this high-cost state. A $15 phased-in minimum wage would give workers a fighting chance to make ends meet, and help ensure that all work is dignified.
The party line vote to advance the bills was 6-3. Democrats Joseph Egan (D-17), Shavonda Sumter (D-35), Craig Coughlin (D-19), Annette Quijano (D-20), Arthur Barclay (D-5) and Angela McKnight (D-31) voted yes. Republicans Ronald Dancer (D-12), Parker Space (D-24) and Jay Webber (D-26) voted no.Read more