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The Real ALEC Promo Video

The newest video from AFSCME takes a closer look at the latest promotional video from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy, extremist organization behind much of the anti-worker agenda in the states. It seems that the video left some information out, but AFSCME quickly responded and helped out by including the missing info. Check it out and learn more about ALEC on AFSCME's blog.

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Victory in New York! Fast-Food Workers to Get $15 Minimum Wage

Victory in New York! Fast-Food Workers to Get $15 Minimum Wage

A national movement for a higher minimum wage, increased dignity and a better quality of life looks like it's going to pay off for the New York fast-food workers who launched the whole thing. Momentum has grown in recent years for not only increasing the minimum wage, but for making the wage closer to one that workers can support their families on, and the state of New York is set to join the wave. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) directed the state's acting commissioner of labor to appoint a panel to consider the issue, and the panel has recommended that the state raise the wage for fast-food workers to $15 per hour in chains that have more than 30 outlets. The acting commissioner still must approve the changes, but he is widely expected to do so. When he does, 70% of New Yorkers who currently work for the minimum wage will see a raise.

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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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Montgomery County Needs to Work to Make Taxis Wheelchair-Accessible

My name is Peter Ibik. For the past 17 years, I have driven a wheelchair-accessible taxi for Barwood in Montgomery County, Md. The taxi system isn’t working for drivers or passengers in Montgomery County, especially those requiring wheelchair-accessible transportation. We have been working on legislative reforms that are pro-passenger and pro-driver. We have gotten support from a majority of council members on reforms that are good for drivers. But these reforms have fallen short for people who need accessible taxis.

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About to Announce for President, Scott Walker Is Trying to Take Away Your Weekends

After decades of fighting, unions lead the charge to enact fair labor standards and the eventual creation of, what many commonly refer to as, “the weekend.” For those unfamiliar, America's workers love our weekends. We use that time to relax from an exhausting workweek, mow the lawn, do the laundry, binge-watch Netflix and cook up some barbecue—among other national pastimes.

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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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