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The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its community allies consider raising the minimum wage and including a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to be a top priority for our state. In order to provide economic stability to low-income workers, New Jersey needs a permanent fix for calculating its minimum wage, and that means establishing an annual COLA. Unfortunately, last week Governor Christie conditionally vetoed legislation seeking to increase the minimum wage and eliminated the COLA. For this reason, the only way to achieve passage in 2013 is by placing it on the ballot for voter approval.Read more
New Jersey State AFL-CIO Statement on Governor Christie’s Conditional Veto of Minimum Wage Legislation
TRENTON – New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement concerning the Governor’s conditional veto of legislation (A-2162) that seeks to increase the minimum wage and includes an annual cost of living adjustment (COLA).Read more
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The fiscal cliff was averted, but the deadline to address the debt ceiling was only pushed a few months down the road, and working families now face damaging across-the-board sequestration cuts unless Congress takes action. So why is it that our country is in this glut, moving from one fiscal debate to another? The answer is because it is a way for right wing leadership to keep Congressional focus on national debt and cutting government spending.Read more
The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech which he delivered on August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, to 200,000 civil rights supporters during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Dr. King’s speech was a rousing call for racial equality and social and economic justice, and struck at the very core of our humanity. He presented a vision of peace and racial harmony as well as fulfilling the American promise that all citizens are created equal. His words were so powerful and optimistic that his speech remains a landmark in American history.Read more
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates CWA Local 1036 for a huge organizing victory in Burlington County at the Aspen Hills/Buttonwood Hospital. The Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) voted 34 to 4 in favor of union representation for 73 CNAs, marking a successful ending to a year of intense worksite, community, and political organizing.Read more
House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor recently blocked a floor vote to approve emergency funding for states and families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The actions of Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor are a betrayal to families all across the region that pay taxes, play by the rules, and expect the government to have their backs when tragedy strikes.Read more