The future of the labor movement will depend on today’s union leaders ensuring that young union members are able to carry forward our collective message of progressive middle class values. The Young Workers Summit being held in Chicago from March 19-22, 2015, will provide an opportunity to engage, educate, and cultivate young union members as never before.
Therefore, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO is encouraging all affiliates to consider sponsoring their young brothers and sisters to participate in this upcoming summit. The State Federation is proud to sponsor participants for the summit, and together with our affiliates, we can send a message that demonstrates New Jersey’s commitment to the future of our labor movement.Read more
We’d like to extend a hearty congratulations to union brother Tom Sullivan, president of IBEW Local 164, who has been selected to fill an open seat on the Bergen County Freeholder Board.
The Bergen County Democratic Committee chose Brother Sullivan to fill the seat at its convention this week. He succeeds Jim Tedesco, who was elected Bergen County Executive in November.Read more
We are pleased to share good news for New Jersey’s labor movement: The Bureau of Labor Statistics Annual Union Membership Report released Friday, January 23, 2015, shows the percentage of workers in our state represented by unions has risen to 17.2 percent, the sixth-highest of any state in the country.Read more
“The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.”– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19th, 2015, for his unparalleled civil rights achievements, it’s important that we also recognize and honor Dr. King as a champion of workers’ rights.Read more
Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson heard oral arguments on Thursday, January 15th, 2015, to consider the legality of Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to cut the pension payment in this year’s budget.Read more
Gov. Chris Christie delivered his sixth State of the State address on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Despite his attempt to paint a glossy portrait of the state under his leadership, working families and many of our communities continue to struggle under the weight of policies that benefit his wealthy friends but hurt the middle-class. New Jersey tops the nation in out-migration and the state is one of three where poverty is going up. Since 2009, the year Christie was elected, 196,000 more New Jerseyans are living in deep poverty.Read more
The Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference has been empowering union women for 11 years, and as we enter the New Year, we are resolved to keep that commitment going. With our preparations for the 12th Annual WILD Conference well underway, we are asking you to help make this conference another landmark success.
CLICK HERE to download the 2015 WILD BrochureRead more
The Public Employee Committee of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO unanimously voted to nominate Carey Brown and Tracy Smith to serve as Trustees on the NJ PERS Board. However, our endorsed candidates have yet to gather the petition signatures necessary to qualify for their elections.
We’re asking you to stand with us and nominate them by signing the on-line petition today!
CLICK HERE to sign the petition now.Read more
A New Jersey Appellate Court ruled on New Year’s Eve that the Christie administration had no power to impose higher prescription drug copayments for public-sector retirees.Read more