Today, we honor one of our nation’s most influential and inspiring leaders: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A social activist and Baptist minister, Dr. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. While he is best known as the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, he also stood with working people fighting to make their voices heard on the job.Read more
Rep. Pallone, Rep. Watson Coleman, Secretary-Treasurer Brennan and Federal Employees Call on Trump to End the Shutdown
Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), and New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan joined federal employees in Metuchen to call on President Trump and Congressional Republicans to end the disastrous government shutdown.Read more
Solidarity Alert: Rep. Pallone, Rep. Watson Coleman, Labor Leaders, and Federal Employees to Call on Trump to End the Shutdown
On Friday, January 18, in Metuchen, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan, federal employees and public officials will call on President Trump and Congressional Republicans to end the disastrous government shutdown. Pallone and House Democrats have voted to reopen the government numerous times, but the government remains closed over Trump’s insistence on a wasteful and unnecessary border wall.Read more
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
Senator Menendez, Congressman Norcross, Congressman Van Drew 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 Teamsters Local 331 in Egg Harbor City 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 Robert Menendez, Congressman Donald Norcross, Congressman Van Drew 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