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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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South Carolina AFL-CIO and Working Families Send Condolences to the Families and Friends of Victims of the Charleston Shooting

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Will Continue to Fight for Full Pension Funding, the State’s Economy and Middle-Class Families

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is outraged that the New Jersey State Supreme Court ruled against 800,000 current and retired members of the New Jersey public pension system by overturning a Superior Court decision that Gov. Chris Christie (R) violated his own law when he withheld state pension payments.

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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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In the States Roundup

In the States Roundup

It’s time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and central labor councils on Twitter.

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Building Immigrant Worker Power

If you are organizing workers in California, it’s likely you are organizing immigrant workers. It’s also very likely the employer has threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement when the workers begin to assert their rights and talk about forming a union. Employers too often use the threat of deportation as a form of intimidation, harassment and retaliation against workers and their families. Nothing chills an organizing drive quicker than the threat of calling ICE; it can separate workers from their children, parents and spouses. 

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Echoes of 2011: Kasich Eliminates Workers’ Collective Bargaining Rights

Echoes of 2011: Kasich Eliminates Workers’ Collective Bargaining Rights

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), whose attempt to strip tens of thousands of public employees of their bargaining rights in 2011 failed, lashed out last week at the state’s 10,000 child care and home care workers when he issued an executive order stripping them of their collective bargaining rights.

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