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Today in Trenton: Labor Secures Groundbreaking Legislative Victories

Today’s legislative session saw a series of major floor votes in the Senate and Assembly that place several labor-championed bills on the governor’s desk for signature. It goes without saying that this progress was made possible by the persistent advocacy of organized labor, in some cases through multiple election cycles and legislative sessions.

Please find below a list of bills for which the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliates have led the charge along with respective vote totals.

Legislation

Assembly Votes

Senate Votes

Workplace Democracy Act

Passed 49-23-1-6

Passed 26-9-5

PSE&G Nuclear Energy

Passed 60-10-1-8 

Passed 29-7-4

Out-of-Network Consumer Protection

Passed 48-21-3-7

Passed 21-13-6

Automatic Voter Registration

Passed on Apr. 12

Passed on Apr. 12

Earned Sick Leave

Passed on Mar. 26

Passed 24-11-5

Workplace Democracy Act (A-3686/S-2137): This bill seeks to provide stability and streamline communication provisions that impact public sector unions and their members in light of the Janus v. AFSCME case before the U.S. Supreme Court. We thank the bill’s prime sponsors, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin.

PSE&G Nuclear Energy (A-3724/S-2313): This bill will help to preserve middle class jobs as well as strengthen and diversify New Jersey’s energy portfolio. We thank the bill’s prime sponsors, Senators Sweeney, Smith, and Van Drew and Assembly members Burzichelli, McKeon, and DeAngelo.

Out-of-Network Consumer Protection (A-2039/S-485): This bill seeks to end the practice of charging consumers exorbitant fees for out-of-network care. We thank the bill’s prime sponsors, Senators Vitale and Weinberg, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, and Assemblyman Schaer.

Earned Sick Leave (A-1827/S-2171): This bill will ensure that no worker in New Jersey has to make the choice between a paycheck and their health. Such a policy will benefit businesses and workers while improving public health. We thank the bill’s prime sponsors, Senator Weinberg and Assembly members Lampitt and Mukherji.

Automatic Voter Registration (A-2014/S-481): This bill allows eligible voters to be automatically registered to vote or to have their voting information updated when interacting with the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) unless they decline registration. We thank the bill’s prime sponsors, Senators Vitale and Beach, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, and Assemblyman Schaer.

We once again commend our many affiliates for their tireless efforts to advance a progressive agenda that puts working families first and our state ahead of the rest of the nation.

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