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The Supremes Flirt with Oligarchy: Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the people or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Check Out This County in New Jersey Making Strides for Living Wages

Raising wages. It's the topic we're all talking about, and one county in New Jersey is walking the walk. 

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Tomorrow 400,000 New Jersey Minimum Wage Workers Will Get a Raise

Charles Wowkanech

New Jersey is one of the 13 states that will see a bump in the minimum wage starting Jan. 1.

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Steelworkers Find Gap in Hurricane Sandy Aftermath and Fix It

Photo courtesy New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

After Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey, the United Steelworkers (USW) recognized a gap in the availability of Spanish-speaking Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) outreach trainers in the two storm-ravaged states. USW obtained funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to launch a new program through their Tony Mazzocchi Center to remedy the problem.

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New Jersey Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Minimum Wage Hike

New Jersey Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Minimum Wage Hike

Despite $1 million in pro-business propaganda spent to defeat it, a measure to raise New Jersey's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 passed overwhelmingly Tuesday, getting 61% of the vote. The ballot question also amended the state's Constitution to make the wage rise with inflation in the future. The business community trotted out the same tired, disproven claims that increasing the minimum wage would kill jobs and hurt the economy, but most New Jersey voters didn't buy it and voted to help the working poor get a much-needed boost in an expensive state.

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New Jersey Working Families Launch Billboard Campaign in Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

New Jersey Working Families Launch Billboard Campaign in Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

As part of the statewide "Raise the Wage" campaign, the nonpartisan grassroots coalition Working Families United for New Jersey Inc. launched a series of billboards in an effort to reach more of the state's voters. The billboards will appear at 47 locations around the state in and near the state's most populated cities. The billboards ask voters to vote "yes" on Ballot Question #2 on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The measure, if approved, would raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 and allow for an annual cost-of-living adjustment.

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Cory Booker Wins Special Senate Election in New Jersey

Cory Booker Wins Special Senate Election in New Jersey

In yesterday's special U.S. Senate election in New Jersey, Democrat Cory Booker soundly defeated his opponent Steve Lonegan and made history by becoming the state's first African American U.S. senator.

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Momentum for Paid Sick Days Builds as Jersey City Passes New Requirements

Photo courtesy Anna Gutermuth

Jersey City, N.J., became the sixth city to require paid sick days for employees at private businesses after the City Council passed the new rules on a 7–1 vote.  Mayor Steven Fulop (D) is a supporter of the measure and is expected to sign it into law.

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Raise the Wage Campaign Profiles Low-Wage Workers

In the first of a new series of videos profiling minimum and low-wage workers, Raise the Wage New Jersey profiles Tayzia, a security guard for Edison. She is a single mother who explains why her wages, which are slightly above minimum wage, aren't enough to help her survive and raise her daughter.

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7 Important Labor Stories You Might've Missed While You Were at the AFL-CIO National Convention

Photo courtesy Bob Jagendorf

While many of the country's most active working family advocates were in Los Angeles for the AFL-CIO national convention, the rest of the country continued to operate, with legislation, elections and judicial decisions of significant importance continuing to move forward. Here are eight stories you might have missed while the media's attention was focused on the convention.

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