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New Jersey Working Families Launch Citizenship and Voter Registration Efforts

New Jersey Working Families Launch Citizenship and Voter Registration Efforts

On Saturday, Working Families United for New Jersey Inc. (WFUNJ) and the Essex-West Hudson Central Labor Council launched a new initiative, “One Pathway, Many Voices, Stronger Communities,” to help aspiring Americans become U.S. citizens, register to vote and learn how the electoral process works. The program also will help DREAMer students renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals application. 

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New Jersey AFL-CIO’s Brennan Honored as ‘Trailblazer’

New Jersey State AFL-CIO photo

Laurel Brennan, secretary-treasurer of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, received the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award on March 30. The award is named for Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) late mother and is given annually to New Jersey women for their outstanding contributions to the state and their advocacy on behalf of New Jerseyans.

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What's a 'WILD' Woman and What Does It Mean for the Labor Movement?

From Left to Right: Laurel Brennan, Charlie Wowkanech, Liz Shuler, New Jersey State Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (IBEW)

When women succeed, America succeeds, and the union movement and its female leaders are poised to make this a reality.

Equal pay, access to paid sick and family leave and quality health care are just some of the issues women will tackle March 7–8 at the New Jersey State AFL-CIO's 11th annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference in East Brunswick, N.J. 

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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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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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Jersey City Set to Require Paid Sick Days

Photo via Voces De La Frontera/Flickr.

Steven Fulop (D), mayor of Jersey City, N.J., will propose a bill next week that would require most businesses in the city to offer paid sick days to workers. Any company with 10 or more employees would have to provide up to five paid sick days annually. The bill is expected to pass, as much of the City Council is aligned with Fulop.

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New Jersey Working Families Highlight Need to Raise the State's Minimum Wage on Women's Equality Day

Dozens of women leaders from labor and community groups joined with state, county and local elected officials at the Statehouse today to support raising New Jersey’s minimum wage and to commemorate Women’s Equality Day—the day the 19th Amendment was certified, granting women the right to vote. Speakers explained how approving the minimum wage ballot question would advance the fight for women’s equality in New Jersey and help to close the opportunity gap for thousands of women in the state who struggle to make ends meet in minimum wage jobs. Out of all minimum wage workers in New Jersey, some 60% of them are women.

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Boosting the Minimum Wage in the States Is a No-Brainer

Illustration by Interfaith Workers Justice

With the federal minimum wage stuck at $7.25 an hour and an increase facing stiff opposition from congressional Republicans, coalitions  of union, community, faith and other groups are mobilizing to win increases in state and local minimum wage levels. Here’s a look at some recent wins and campaigns where AFL-CIO state federations and central labor councils are playing big roles.

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New Jersey Working Families Want Voters to Increase Minimum Wage

Photo courtesy New Jersey AFL-CIO

After a conditional veto of an increase in New Jersey's minimum wage by Gov. Chris Christie (R), working families, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and a coalition of 151 organizations are pushing for a measure that would raise the state's wage to $8.25 per hour and attach a cost-of-living adjustment to the wage for the future. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D) also joined the "Raise the Wage" campaign. In November, voters will be able to decide on the ballot whether or not to increase the minimum wage.

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Boehner Cancels Vote on Hurricane Sandy Aid

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia commons.

The hundreds of thousands of East Coast residents—especially in New York and New Jersey—who continue to feel the sting of Hurricane Sandy more than two months after the storm, now are "feeling the sting of a House Republican slap to the face after Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) backed out of a promise to vote on an emergency aid package for hurricane victims," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) called Boehner’s decision to cancel the vote “a cruel knife in the back.”

Sign the New York State AFL-CIO petition to pass Hurricane Sandy relief.

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