The AFL-CIO’s national campaign to build stronger communities by empowering eligible immigrants to become citizens and fully engage in the democratic process has become a reality in New Jersey, with the opening of the state’s first labor-led naturalization and community center.
Whether it is a job, equal pay for equal work or the means to achieve a stable retirement, we as workers share many of the same hopes and dreams. And to this day, the best way to achieve those dreams is through a unified labor movement.
A record-size class of 37 rank-and-file union members, representing 23 local unions from across all sectors of the labor movement, took part in the 18th annual New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School Aug. 9–10 at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick.
In New Jersey Monday, eight union members took part in the state’s first “Common Sense Economics” training, which at its core, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, has “a clear, simple message: Raising wages works.”
Last week, thanks to New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a package of five bills requiring manufactured products used in certain contracts to be made in America was passed in the state Senate. The primary bill requires that vendors receiving contracts, including public work contracts, with state and local governments, as well as public institutions of higher education, purchase goods manufactured in the United States.
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.
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.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO this week celebrated a milestone in its campaign to raise the state minimum wage by joining partners and advocates from across the Garden State in a recognition ceremony held in the Senate.