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.
The “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013” also known as “comp time” legislation, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 223 to 204 mostly along party lines on May 8, 2013. We thank all members of the New Jersey House delegation who voted against this anti-worker bill and are proud that of the eight Republicans throughout the nation who opposed this bill, three were from New Jersey.Read more
The “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013” also known as “comp time” legislation is pending a vote in the House of Representatives and we anticipate that a vote may occur as early as next week. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is opposed to this bill and asks you, your friends, and family to take action in opposition.Read more
PRESS RELEASE: New Jersey State AFL-CIO Joins Congressman John Lewis, Civil Rights Champion, During Press Conference Call
Urge Gov. Christie to Sign Early Voting Bill into Law
TRENTON – The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join for a press tele-town hall meeting with civil rights champion Congressman John Lewis, Congressman Rush Holt, New Jersey State Democratic Chairman and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, State Senator Nia Gill, and Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Chair Charles Hall, Jr. to urge Governor Christie to sign Early Voting legislation (A-3553) into law which would improve our democratic system and increase civic engagement.Read more