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New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s 19th Labor Candidates School Draws Record Class, Positions Workers to Win in November

Thirty-four union members, representing 23 local unions, took part in the 19th annual New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School on Aug. 15-16, 2015.

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Common Sense Economics: A Call to Action for Young Workers This Election Season

Jennifer Higgins of AFT Local 1904 and Carli Meneses, president of IAM Local 2339N, lead a Common Sense Economics session for young workers at IBEW 94 in Hightstown, N.J.

Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 94 in Mercer County, N.J., became a classroom recently for young workers taking part in Common Sense Economics, led by Jennifer Higgins of AFT Local 1904 and Carli Meneses, president of Machinists (IAM) Local 2339N.

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Labor Offers Realistic Path Toward Meeting New Jersey’s Pension Obligation

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions have been working hard to find solutions to the state’s pension funding problem on behalf of nearly 800,000 current and retired public employees who have been contributing faithfully to their pensions and whose retirement security depends partly on earned pension income.

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N.J. AFL-CIO: Pension System Could Net $87M if N.J. Makes Payment in July

N.J. AFL-CIO: Pension System Could Net $87M if N.J. Makes Payment in July

New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech expressed the federation’s support for a proposal by the state’s Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto calling on Gov. Chris Christie to make the state’s annual pension payment at the start of the fiscal year, rather than waiting until the end of the year.

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N.J. AFL-CIO, Partner Lead Drive for Statewide Earned Sick Days

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its coalition partner, Working Families United for New Jersey, continued to lead the campaign for statewide earned sick leave legislation on Monday by testifying in strong support of S. 785 before the state Senate Labor Committee.

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First Statewide Young Workers Summit Empowers Dozens to Lead in the Fight for Labor’s Future

First Statewide Young Workers Summit Empowers Dozens to Lead in the Fight for Labor’s Future

The first New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers Summit held Monday, June 15, 2015, at Caesars Atlantic City was packed to capacity. Over 75 young workers from 29 local unions participated in the program, harnessing the opportunity to learn from each other, better understand the labor movement, and continue building the statewide young workers program.

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Pension Expert: Wall St. Fees a Losing Investment for N.J. Taxpayers

The $1.5 billion in fees the state of New Jersey paid to Wall Street pension fund managers over the past five years was an unwise use of taxpayer money, concludes a nationally known investment expert who analyzed pension investment returns and fund management fees.

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N.J. State AFL-CIO, Rep. Pascrell, Union Leaders Discuss the Negative Consequences of a Fast Track Trade Deal

N.J. State AFL-CIO, Rep. Pascrell, Union Leaders Discuss the Negative Consequences of a Fast Track Trade Deal

New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.), UFCW Local 1262 President Harvey Whille and labor and community leaders from across northern New Jersey held a press conference on Thursday to discuss the many negative consequences for communities and working families that will result if the president’s Fast Track trade negotiating power is renewed.

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State Battles Roundup

Photo courtesy WFIU Public Radio on Flickr

In many states, legislative sessions have ended recently or are about to end and local governments are often active year-round. This means tons of legislation, both good and bad, is moving, providing opportunities for working families and their allies to pass laws that will help make people's lives easier or stop laws that will make things worse. Here is a look at some of the key state battles that recently have passed or could be on the agenda this week or next.

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Young New Jersey Workers Look to Past for Clues for Future

More than 25 young workers in New Jersey took a step back in history during a tour of the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark in Haledon. By understanding the past, young workers are developing the knowledge necessary to ensure a robust future for the labor movement. This is an ongoing theme of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers program, and we thank Passaic County Youth Engagement in Solidarity (YES), the Passaic County Labor Council, the American Labor Museum and union affiliates for making this special event possible.

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