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New Jersey’s First Labor-Led Naturalization Center Empowers Immigrants, New Voters

New Jersey’s First Labor-Led Naturalization Center Empowers Immigrants, New Voters

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.

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What Does Labor Want?

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.

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Candidates School Graduates Largest Class

New Jersey State AFL-CIO Candidates School Graduates Largest Class

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.

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New Jersey Union Members Learn ‘Common Sense Economics'

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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.”

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New Jersey State Senate Passes 'Made in America' Legislative Package

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.

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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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N.J. Union Members Tell Christie to Back Off $2.43 Billion Pension Raid

In 2011, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and the state legislature struck a deal to strengthen the state’s pension system. Workers would pay more into the fund and Christie promised the state would make higher payments into the underfunded pension plan through 2018. The workers have kept their end of the deal, but this week Christie broke his promise with an announcement that he will withhold two due payments totaling $2.43 billion.

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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’

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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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Minimum Wage Victory Celebrated on the New Jersey Senate Floor

Minimum Wage Victory Celebrated on the New Jersey Senate Floor

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.

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