Today at the State House
On the same day that President Joe Biden was due to sign a “Made in America” executive order, the New Jersey State Assembly State and Local Government Committee, led by Chairman Vincent Mazzeo, D-2nd District, advanced A-5064, which requires that American-manufactured steel must be used in large-scale road and bridge construction.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks Assemblymen Anthony S. Verrelli, D-15th District, and Thomas P. Giblin, D-34th District, for sponsoring this much-needed pro-labor legislation. The bill was released from committee unanimously.
Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-3rd District, sponsored its companion bill, S-853, which already passed the Senate.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks the United Steelworkers for their strong advocacy for this bill.
In other action in Trenton Monday, January 25, the Assembly Labor Committee, led by Chairman Joseph V. Egan, D-17th District, advanced legislation ensuring that the prevailing wage is required for projects receiving PILOT tax incentives.
A-1571, co-sponsored by Assembly members Egan, Eric Houghtaling, D-11th District, and Carol A. Murphy, D-7th District, was combined with A-1576, co-sponsored by Assembly members Houghtaling and Wayne P. DeAngelo, D-14th District.
A-1576/A-1571 mandates that the prevailing wage is paid for public work on any properties that receive tax abatements or exemptions, and that it must be paid when a property is or will be leased by a public body. It advanced on a 7-0-2 vote, with Assembly members Houghtaling, Space, Mazzeo, Verrelli, Egan, Moriarty and Sumter voting in favor, and Assembly members Scharfenberger and Catalano abstaining.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks all the legislators who voted in support of these bills as well as the affiliated unions that worked tirelessly to advance them.