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New Jersey AFL-CIO Announces 2015 Labor Candidates School

The New Jersey Labor Movement has built the best Labor Candidates Program in the country. Rank-and-file union members have won 817 elections and now represent working families in public offices within the State Senate and Assembly, on County Freeholder Boards, in our towns as Mayors, Aldermen, Committee and Council Members, Fire Commissioners, and on School Boards across the state.

IBEW Fact Sheet: Trade Promotion Authority (Fast Track)

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA or Fast Track) gives the U.S. president authority to enter into trade agreements with limited congressional oversight.1 Trade Promotion Authority can only be granted by Congress.2 By giving TPA to the president, Congress relinquishes its constitutional authority to review and amend trade deals. Congress may only vote ”yes” or ”no” on the agreement and may not send the agreement back to the executive branch with suggestions for improvement.

How does TPA impact trade agreements?

Trans-Pacific Partnership: NAFTA on Steroids!

Did you watch President Obama's State of the Union address last night? There was a lot to like, including initiatives for paid sick leave and free community college. But there's one big thing we need to push back on right now: the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Last week, we told you about a petition asking Congress to block Fast Track, which allows massive trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be negotiated behind closed doors and tips the balance toward a deal that sells out U.S. workers in order to pad the wallets of corporate CEOs.

Help to Flip New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District Using Facebook and Twitter

Wouldn’t it be great to have Bill Maher fighting alongside us in this election to unseat New Jersey Congressman Scott Garrett (CD-5)? With your help, we can actually make that happen. Simply, include the hashtags #NJ5 and #FlipaDistrict in your Facebook and Twitter posts and a message about why Garrett should get the boot.

Stop Privatization of the NJ Turnpike

Over the past several weeks, the NJ AFL-CIO work to stop the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s plans to privatize the jobs of 800 union toll workers has been gathering steam!

Communities along the Turnpike route are passing resolutions opposing the plan, and now The Philadelphia Inquirer has reported that the Gloucester County Freeholders are on-record against the union-busting scheme, saying “private management of tolls will not guarantee long-term cost savings, and could just as easily raise costs for our state and for motorists as the company seeks to maximize profits.”

Call Congress Now: Urge Your Representatives To Extend Unemployment Benefits

Call Congress Now: Urge Your Representatives To Extend Unemployment Benefits

Call-In Number: 845-809-4509

Right-wing efforts to block an extension of long-term unemployment benefits have left 1.3 million Americans and over 90,000 New Jerseyans out in the cold. We must take immediate action to restore these benefits, and your voice can make the difference as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote tonight and the House of Representatives votes within the next two weeks.


Vote "YES" on Ballot Question #2 to Increase New Jersey's Minimum Wage from $7.25 to $8.25
On Election Day, November 5th, voters will have an opportunity to raise our state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour and include an annual cost of living increase. Despite being in one of the most expensive states in the country, New Jersey's minimum wage is among the lowest minimum wage in the United States, matching the federal mandatory minimum.

Support for Energy Strong grows

PoliticerNJ: Solid support for Energy Strong voiced at final public hearings

A cross section of the Southern New Jersey community turned out to support PSE&G’s Energy Strong proposal on Monday, Oct. 7, for the final set of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ (BPU) public hearings on PSE&G’s $3.9 billion initiative to harden its electric and gas distribution systems and improve resiliency.


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