The op-ed below was published on nj.com:
Gov. Chris Christie often talks about the need for transparency in government. He frequently points to his own administration as an example of how to carry out the functions of government in a forthcoming and above-board manner. Why, then, has the governor vetoed a bill that establishes oversight for deals that privatize government services?Read more
Thursday, Dec. 18th, will be a busy day at the New Jersey Statehouse. The state Senate and Assembly are both wrapping up 2014 with lengthy voting sessions. We ask that you check out the bills scheduled for floor votes, and contact your legislator (by clicking the links below) to support the pro-working families proposals that we have been working hard to enact:Read more
Representatives of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its non-profit partner Working Families United for New Jersey (WFUNJ) testified in support of a statewide earned sick leave bill on Monday. The bill (A-2354) later cleared committee on a mostly party-line vote.Read more
"Buy America" Legislation Clears Committee but Continued Action Essential to Ensure Assembly Passage
Today, the "Buy America" bill (A-3059) advanced out of the Assembly Budget Committee by a party line vote of 8 to 4. We anticipate that a full Assembly vote will take place as soon as next week on this bill as well as four complimentary pieces of “Buy America” legislation. In order to ensure passage of this package, your voice will be essential.
CLICK HERE to send a direct message to your legislators letting them know that you are counting on them to support "Buy America" legislation, which would create much needed New Jersey jobs and spur economic growth for the region.Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO, through its Working Families United for New Jersey (WFUNJ) coalition, strongly supports enactment of a statewide earned sick days law, which would create a uniform and humane standard so that no New Jersey worker is forced to choose between going to work sick or losing a day’s pay.Read more
There are few pieces of legislation as noncontroversial and straightforward as A-2354, which would guarantee earned sick leave to all New Jersey workers. However, in today’s political environment, not even a bill as basic as this is going to be passed without our concerted efforts.Read more
The American consumer not only votes at the ballot box, but votes nearly every day with his or her wallet. In other words, like voting, how and where we spend our money can have a significant influence over our society and economy.
Therefore, be sure to check out Labor411’s Holiday Gift Guide for a listing of union made products for the holidays.Read more
The trustees for the state pension funds for teachers, public employees and police and firefighters have sued Gov. Chris Christie's administration for failing to make required payments into the state retirement system.Read more
New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement on Senate President Steve Sweeney’s and Sen. Jim Whelan’s Atlantic City fiscal stability legislation, which was introduced to help the ailing city and its residents recover from high unemployment and skyrocketing taxes as a result of multiple casino closings:Read more
A critical piece of legislation to support and create American jobs (A-3059) is scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Budget Committee this Thursday, December 11, 2014. The bill would help increase domestic manufacturing in the United States and would create jobs for New Jersey workers. With our state suffering from high unemployment and a failure to recover from the jobs lost in the great recession, this is a common sense way to help American workers.Read more