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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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New Jersey State AFL-CIO WILD Conference Calls for Women’s Community, Workplace Empowerment

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The New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s 11th annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference wrapped up this weekend with nearly 250 educated, empowered and enthusiastic women heading back to their communities and workplaces to fortify the battle against gender inequality.

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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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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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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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Community Says ‘No’ to Newark Walmart

When word leaked out late last year that Walmart was eyeing a piece of the prime Springfield Avenue Marketplace project in Newark, N.J., more than 50 local community, faith, labor and other groups said the last thing Newark needed was a Walmart that kills local small businesses, replaces those jobs with low-paid part-time work and lowers community standards.

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