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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Announces First Completely Paperless Labor Walk

New Jersey State AFL-CIO Announces First Completely Paperless Labor Walk

Not that long ago, it seemed unrealistic to think that labor walks could be completed 100% electronically. But on Saturday, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) achieved that goal when the Mercer County Central Labor Council completed a walk without a single paper packet being distributed!

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$15 Minimum Wage, Strike Relief Bills Released from New Jersey Labor Committee

$15 Minimum Wage, Strike Relief Bills Released from New Jersey Labor Committee

The release of a $15 minimum wage bill from New Jersey’s Senate Labor Committee is being hailed by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and other advocates as a powerful step toward lifting an estimated one million New Jersey residents out of poverty. 

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West Virginia AFL-CIO, Others Launching Legal Challenge of Right to Work

West Virginia AFL-CIO, Others Launching Legal Challenge of Right to Work

The West Virginia AFL-CIO has joined with several other unions representing the state's working people in launching a legal challenge of the Republican-led legislature’s "right to work" law.

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We Are One New Jersey and Union County Celebrate Newly Confirmed U.S. Citizens

We Are One New Jersey and Union County Celebrate Newly Confirmed U.S. Citizens

The road to U.S. citizenship is rarely easy. For those who complete the journey, the sense of reward and accomplishment is unparalleled. On April 27, a ceremony was held in honor of more than 100 new American citizens who were joined by their friends and family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, at an event sponsored by Union County and We Are One New Jersey.

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Victory in New York: New Law Raises Minimum Wage to $15 and Provides Paid Family Leave

Victory in New York: New Law Raises Minimum Wage to $15 and Provides Paid Family Leave

The unified efforts of 2.5 million working people and the 3,000 local unions of the New York State AFL-CIO lead to a major victory on Monday, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D)  signed a law  raising the state's minimum wage. Millions will see wage increases. Future wage increases will be tied to economic indicators. The law also establishes a robust 12 weeks of paid family leave for working people.

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California Leaders Announce Historic Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15

California Leaders Announce Historic Deal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15

History was made this week. California Gov. Jerry Brown joined legislative leaders, workers and unions to announce a deal on legislation to make California the first state in America to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. This day was a long time in the making. Worker-led movements like Fight for 15, labor unions and community groups have been gathering momentum for several years on this issue.

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Unions Push Right to Work off the Table in Kentucky

Unions Push Right to Work off the Table in Kentucky

Think voting really doesn’t matter? Talk to a pair of Kentucky labor leaders, and they'll tell you otherwise.

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Cambridge Takes Steps to Protect Workers from Wage Theft

Cambridge Takes Steps to Protect Workers from Wage Theft

This week, workers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, gained new protections for making sure they are paid fairly and on time. On March 14, city manager Richard Rossi signed an executive order establishing certification requirements for vendors bidding on city contracts. The measure seeks to prevent wage theft, which is the improper withholding of payment from employees and the failure to pay employees according to required schedules. Wage theft most often involves employers paying less than the minimum, contracted or prevailing wage, not paying for all hours worked, or not paying overtime for hours exceeding 40 per week. But wage theft can take many forms—employers may never send the final paycheck or may misclassify workers as independent contractors.

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Flint Families: 'How Do You Expect Anyone to Pay for Their Own Poison'

"How do you expect anyone to pay for their own poison?"

That's the question Flint, Michigan, resident Keri Webber is asking while in Washington, D.C. Webber and other families affected by the Flint water crisis are at the nation's Capitol to demand answers and solutions from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), who is in town to testify before Congress on the crisis.

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Modernization of Chicago Transit to Be Completed by Chicago's Working People

Modernization of Chicago Transit to Be Completed by Chicago's Working People

The Chicago Transit Board awarded a contract  this week to CSR Sifang America JV to build the newest generation of Chicago Transit Authority rail cars as part of the city's modernization program. CSR has pledged to build a new rail car assembly facility in Chicago, the first new assembly of its kind in 35 years. The investment of $40 million is expected to generate 170 jobs, while also reducing maintenance costs and reducing power use through the use of more efficient technology.

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