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Nearly 250 heed New Jersey State AFL-CIO WILD conference’s call for community & workplace empowerment

Monday, March 17, 2014

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

Initially designed to correspond with Women’s History Month, this year’s conference was held in conjunction with International Women’s Day. This allowed the conference to be held, “the labor way, with solidarity and sisterhood,” according to Laurel Brennan, New Jersey State AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer, who organized the conference.
 
The WILD conference brought together union women from all over the state and all sectors of the labor movement in an effort to win the war on women’s rights. The only such annual conference in the nation, WILD has earned national attention as the premiere statewide union-women’s leadership conference.
 
The theme of this year’s conference, “The War on Women, Unions Fight Back,” was woven throughout workshops that prepared women to be effective, efficient, and empowered voices to fight for a statewide earned sick leave law, and effective organizers in the workplace, among other skills. All workshops were co-facilitated by national AFL-CIO staff and New Jersey women from throughout the union movement, who will continue the work in-state to ensure the conference’s messages persist, especially in the fight for statewide earned sick leave.
 
 
For the first time, WILD became an interactive conference, with a new Facebook presence that allowed participants to constantly network and share ideas online. That Facebook page will now be used to continue the core messages of WILD throughout the year.
 
“Through social media, we will ensure that the future leaders of our cause understand how each and every one of us is trying to benefit women in the workplace, not just during the WILD weekend, but every single day,” said Brennan. “These personal connections are vital to ensuring that we continue to educate and empower all women to make a difference.”

The conference kicked-off Friday evening with a reception attended by all WILD participants, several state lawmakers, and leaders from throughout the labor movement. Also in attendance were leaders of Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc., the 256-member coalition partner of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, which spearheaded last year’s successful campaign to raise the minimum wage and was recently asked to lead the upcoming push for a statewide earned sick leave law.

 
 
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is a proud partner of Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc.

 

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Take Action to Save Apprenticeships

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The future of America's construction workers is at risk, as a new proposal by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) could drive down training and labor standards in registered apprenticeship programs and set off a race to the bottom throughout the industry.

In June, the DOL proposed regulations to implement Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). This new IRAP system will give private organizations, such as employers and trade associations, free rein to create new watered-down standards and certify subpar apprenticeship programs.

The construction industry is, by its very nature, among the most dangerous industries. Workers perform difficult physical labor and are often exposed to extreme temperatures, heavy machinery and toxic substances. To guard against the industry’s inherent dangers and promote first-rate work, workers must receive the highest quality education and training. For over 80 years, Registered Apprenticeship Programs have provided just that.

The proposed IRAPs differ significantly from Registered Apprenticeship Programs. Construction registered programs help recruit, train and retain workers through progressive wage increases; apprentice-to-journeyworker ratios that promote safety; quality assurance assessments by the government; uniform standards; mandatory safety training; instructor eligibility requirements and transparency requirements. The proposed IRAP regulations abandon the important protections of the registered model and give employers license to implement whatever low-road standards they see fit.

Here’s how you can help:

Submit a comment to the DOL at https://www.saveconstructionapprenticeships.org! Tell them IRAPs have no place in construction!

We have until August 26, 2019 to make our voices heard before the DOL issues the final regulations.

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IBEW Votes in 2018

Monday, October 29, 2018
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NJ AFL-CIO and IBEW 94 Endorsements

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Election Day is just a week away and there are many races in New Jersey that will decide control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Over the last few months, members of the union community have sat down with the candidates from both parties to ask them about where they stand on a number of issues. After closely evaluating the candidates the NJ AFL-CIO has issued the following endorsements:  
 
United States Senate:
Bob  Menendez
 
Congress:
District 1: Donald Norcorss
 
District 2: Jeff Van Drew
 
District 3: Andy Kim
 
District 4: Chris Smith
 
District 5: Joshua Gottheimer
 
District 6: Frank Pallone
 
District 7: Tom Malinowski
 
District 8: Albio Sires
 
District 9: Bill Pascrell
 
District 10: Donald Payne Jr.
 
District 11:  Rebecca "Mikie" Sherrill
 
District 12: Bonnie Watson Coleman
 
New Jersey State Senate:
 
District 38:
Joe Lagana
 
New Jersey State Assembly: 
District 15: Verlina Reynolds Jackson
 
District 22: Linda Carter
 
District 32: Pedro Mejia
 
District 34: Britnee Timberlake
 
District 36: Clinton Calabrese
 
District 38: Lisa Swain and Chris Tully
 
Please look at each of the candidates that are running in your area and support them on Election Day. 

 

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NJ AFL-CIO Endorsements

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
More than 700 delegates, representing 1,000 labor unions and one million members and their families, convened at Harrah's Atlantic City on June 12-13, 2018, for the purpose of candidate endorsements and reaffirming the priorities of the state labor movement.  
A complete list of candidate endorsements is HERE.
 
"After last year's banner victory for working families, the labor movement will once again mobilize to secure across-the-board victories for pro-worker candidates at all levels of our state's government," said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. "Labor's voice ensures that New Jersey remains a leader in terms of workplace justice, and together, we will continue to build our economy through job creation, fair wages, and our middle class values of equal opportunity and socioeconomic mobility."
"This year's endorsed candidates from U.S. Senate to the municipal level have the experience and dedication necessary to grow our communities prioritizing education, health care, jobs, infrastructure and investment in our future," added Wowkanech. "The labor movement looks forward to the progress that we will continue to achieve together in these areas after a victory in November."
 
Conference speakers included Governor Phil Murphy; Congressman Donald Norcross (D-1); Congressman Chris Smith (R-4); State Senator Jeff Van Drew (LD-1); Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin; Congressional candidates Andy Kim (CD-3), Tom Malinowski (CD-7), and Mikie Sherrill (CD-11); and rank-and-file union members who hold public office and discussed the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program.
 
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO 25th Annual Labor Awards Reception held on Tuesday evening, June 12th, honored outstanding leaders in government, business and labor, reinforcing the need for all New Jersey stakeholders to come together based on our shared values. This year's honorees were Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Trenton Printing President David Nugent, and IBEW International Representative and Monmouth/Ocean County CLC President Wyatt Earp.

 

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NJ AFL-CIO: Labor Secures Groundbreaking Legislative Victories

Friday, April 13, 2018
Yesterday's legislative session saw a series of major floor votes in the Senate and Assembly that place several labor-championed bills on the governor's desk for signature. It goes without saying that this progress was made possible by the persistent advocacy of organized labor, in some cases through multiple election cycles and legislative sessions.
 
Please find below a list of bills for which the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliates have led the charge along with respective vote totals.
Legislation
Asm. Votes
Sen. Votes
Workplace Democracy Act
Passed
49-23-1-6
Passed
26-9-5
PSE&G Nuclear Energy
Passed
29-7-4
Out-of-Network Consumer Protection
Passed
48-21-3-7
Passed
21-13-6
Automatic Voter Registration
Passed
on Apr. 12
Passed
on Apr. 12
Earned Sick Leave
Passed
on Mar. 26
Passed
24-11-5
Workplace Democracy Act (A-3686/S-2137): This bill seeks to provide stability and streamline communication provisions that impact public sector unions and their members in light of the Janus v. AFSCME case before the U.S. Supreme Court. We thank the bill's prime sponsors, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin.
 
PSE&G Nuclear Energy (A-3724/S-2313): This bill will help to preserve middle class jobs as well as strengthen and diversify New Jersey's energy portfolio. We thank the bill's prime sponsors, Senators Sweeney, Smith, and Van Drew and Assembly members Burzichelli, McKeon, and DeAngelo.
 
Out-of-Network Consumer Protection (A-2039/S-485): This bill seeks to end the practice of charging consumers exorbitant fees for out-of-network care. We thank the bill's prime sponsors, Senators Vitale and Weinberg, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, and Assemblyman Schaer.
 
Earned Sick Leave (A-1827/S-2171): This bill will ensure that no worker in New Jersey has to make the choice between a paycheck and their health. Such a policy will benefit businesses and workers while improving public health. We thank the bill's prime sponsors, Senator Weinberg and Assembly members Lampitt and Mukherji.
 
Automatic Voter Registration (A-2014/S-481): This bill allows eligible voters to be automatically registered to vote or to have their voting information updated when interacting with the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) unless they decline registration. We thank the bill's prime sponsors, Senators Vitale and Beach, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, and Assemblyman Schaer.
 
We once again commend our many affiliates for their tireless efforts to advance a progressive agenda that puts working families first and our state ahead of the rest of the nation.

 

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Take Action: Tell your legislator to vote YES on S2313/A-3724

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

With plant closures looming, New Jersey’s customers, workers and environment are all at risk!

Tell your legislator to vote YES on S2313/A-3724 to create a safety net for NJ’s nuclear power plants - the Zero Emission Certificate Program!

Please Contact Your Legislator TODAY, Tuesday, April 10th by clicking http://action.njneedsnuclear.com/ and lend your support!

This legislation will save thousands of union jobs and incentivize investment in energy infrastructure; creating work for IBEW members.  But we must act NOW.

As IBEW leaders, we are supporting  S2313/A3724 on Thursday because it protects the  Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants – that generate nearly 50% of all of NJ’s electricity, support 5,800 jobs and ensure access to reliable, affordable and clean energy for NJ -  from closure.  

Please don’t forget to click here http://action.njneedsnuclear.com/ and Tell your legislator to vote YES on S2313/A3724!

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Thoman Testifies Before Senate Committee

Thursday, January 25, 2018
On January 25th IBEW Local 94 Business Manager Bud Thoman testified before the New Jersey State Senate Committee on Environment & Energy. In his testimony he talked about the importance of nuclear power, which generates 50% of the states power, and informed the committee that no matter the time of day, weather, or season, nuclear is always producing power and meeting the demands of the residents of New Jersey. He also reminded the committee that not only do these plants produce clean, green energy, but they also employ 750 workers, full time. Click here to read some coverage from the NJ Spotlight about the bill. To read the full testimony, please click here.

 

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NJ AFL CIO Endorsements

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IBEW Local 94 has worked with the NJ AFL-CIO and other local unions in New Jersey to come up with a list of candidates to endorse that are labor friendly. Thanks to the hard work of their Labor Candidate program, many of these candidates come from the ranks of unions throughout the state. Please click here to download the entire list of endorsed candidates and study it, memorize it or bring it with you when you go to vote on Tuesday.

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IBEW Local 94 Endorses Sen. Steve Sweeney’s Re-Election Bid

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bud Thoman, president and business manager of the 4,600-member Local Union 94 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, today endorsed Steve Sweeney’s re-election to the State Senate.

Speaking on behalf of the Local’s Political Education Committee, Thoman called Sweeney a powerful voice for labor with a record on behalf of working families that demands respect.

“Steve’s an ironworker,” Thoman said. “He’s never forgotten what it’s like to work – and work hard – for a living.

“More than 700 of the brothers and sisters of Local 94 work in Steve’s district. They know first-hand what it means to have Steve fighting for good jobs and decent wages.

“Steve has never been more than a phone call away whenever the union’s needed help with anything in Trenton.

“Labor needs Steve in the Senate. We’re proud to support him today.”

 

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