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Bloomsbury, N.J., Subway Workers Vote to Join Union

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Notoriously anti-union Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) can't be happy about this story. Haslam's family owns Pilot Flying J, a chain of travel centers, and workers at a Subway sandwich shop in Bloomsbury, N.J., just voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Earlier this year, Haslam was one of the key players in the effort to defeat a union vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. The company run by his brother, Jimmy, hasn't been as successful in denying workers their rights, as other workers at the Bloomsbury Pilot Flying J location voted to join RWDSU earlier this year.

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Economic News Roundup

Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and the Center for American Progress (CAP) have released important research about the economy in the past few weeks. Here's a look at some of their key findings (after the jump).

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First N.J. Labor School Grad Runs for Congress

Norcross (center) with New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan (left), New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech.

Since the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School opened its doors in 1997, New Jersey union members have taken the campaign and political skills they learned there and used them to win 781 local and state offices.

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The Worst Boss in the World? Winners and Losers of the Week

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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 persons 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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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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