The New Jersey state Assembly passed a bill last week to allow striking workers to collect unemployment benefits, sending the legislation to Republican Gov. Chris Christie's desk, writes NJ.com's Samantha Marcus. The bill was drafted during the six-week Verizon worker strike earlier this year, when about 40,000 Verizon workers on the East Coast walked off the job (4,600 of whom were in New Jersey). Marcus writes that the state Senate approved the bill in August, as 1,000 workers at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City entered their second month of striking. Read more on UCOMM Blog.