The New Jersey State AFL-CIO, working with the IBEW and CWA, continues to advocate for S-1780. We thank the prime Sponsors, Senators Diegnan (D-18) and Turner (D-15), for their leadership on this issue. The bill, which is in-line with Governor Murphy’s recent calls to hold corporations accountable for the receipt of taxpayer-funded job creation incentive grants, seeks to protect call center jobs in the state. The bill was released from the Senate Appropriations Committee by a vote of 8 to 2-2. It was released along party lines with Democratic Senators Sarlo (D-36), Cunningham (D-31), Ruiz (29), Greenstein (D-14), Cruz-Perez (D-5), Diegnan (D-18), Singleton (D-7), and Adrzejczack (D-1) voting YES. Republicans O’Scanlon (D-13) and Oroho (D-24) voted NO. Senators Addiego (D-4) and Thompson (D-12) abstained.Read more
Solidarity Alert: New Jersey State AFL-CIO Holds Public Awareness Event on One Month Anniversary of Government Shutdown
Senator Menendez, Congressman Norcross, and Union Officials Join Struggling Federal Workers to Rally for an End to Trump’s Disastrous Government Shutdown
Federal employees from around the state will gather at the Blue Heron Pine Golf Club in Galloway Township on Monday, January 21 to call for an end to Trump’s disastrous government shutdown. This grassroots event, hosted by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and three local federal worker unions impacted by the shutdown, will feature several distinguished speakers, including Senator Bob Menendez, Congressman Donald Norcross, and New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech.Read more
Governor Phil Murphy delivered his first State of the State address today in Trenton, outlining plans to improve the financial security of working families in New Jersey.Read more
Please join the New Jersey State AFL-CIO in Atlantic City on Saturday, January 19 to march in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer, a voting and women’s rights activist. The march will launch on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at 11:00 am and culminate with a rally at the historic Boardwalk Hall, the site where Fannie Lou Hamer challenged Jim Crow laws at the 1964 Democratic Convention. The rally will feature keynote speaker Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, artist and activist Jessica Care Moore, and a performance from award-winning actress Ms. Helen Sims of the Fannie Lou Hamer Museum in Belzoni, Mississippi.Read more
Today marks the 20th day of Trump’s disastrous government shutdown, which has more than 800,000 federal employees either on furlough or working without pay.
If you are a furloughed federal employee and work in New Jersey, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. To learn more about unemployment eligibility, click here. To start your claim, click here. To learn more about the effects of the shutdown, click here.Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., who after nearly three decades of service, has been named Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. This new role makes the Congressman one of the nation’s most influential Democrats, giving him the power to shape debates on some of our most critical and pressing issues such as climate change and affordable health care.Read more
Today in Trenton: New Jersey State AFL-CIO teams up with Unite Here to Lobby for Hotel Employee Protection Act
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and a delegation of our brothers and sisters from Unite Here Local 54 gathered today in Trenton to lobby on behalf of the Hotel Employee Protection Act (S-2986/A-4439)—a bill requiring hotels to provide panic buttons to employees for protection from unsafe working conditions, violence, and sexual assault while performing housekeeping duties.Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO would like to extend our deepest condolences to our union brother Assemblyman Joe Egan (D-17), Business Manager of IBEW Local 456 and chairman of the Assembly Labor Committee. Yolanda, his wife of nearly sixty years, passed away yesterday.Read more
Edwin D. Hill, Former IBEW President and Long-time Labor Leader, has passed away.
It is with an extremely heavy heart that we inform you of the death of long-time labor leader and visionary, Edwin D. Hill, President Emeritus of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.Read more
Today in Trenton: Legislation Released from Committee To Preserve Call Center Jobs & Protect Hotel Employees from Sexual Assault
Two pro-labor bills supported by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO were favorably voted out of the Senate Labor Committee today. We would like to thank the sponsors of these bills and the committee members that voted in favor.Read more