The Secretary of Labor needs to be a true advocate for working people. This position should be held by someone who will make the interests of working men and women a first priority—someone who will protect us from unscrupulous employers, set strong health and safety standards and safeguard our retirement security.
Let’s be absolutely clear: Eugene Scalia, the man named by President Trump to be the next Secretary of Labor, is not that person!Read More
The Hotel Trades Council (HTC) and its members are facing a critical fight with Airbnb in Jersey City.
On June 26, HTC celebrated the passage of a Jersey City ordinance that places regulations on Airbnb rentals. The ordinance safeguards the wages, benefits and jobs of hundreds of hotel workers in the Jersey City region. Moreover, it protects affordable housing and quality of life for tens of thousands of city residents.Read More
On Wednesday, June 24, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, more commonly referred to as The Butch Lewis Act. The legislation addresses the nation’s worsening multiemployer pension crisis.Read More
Today, the House passed the Raise the Wage Act, a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. If the Raise the Wage Act becomes law, American workers would see the first federal minimum wage increase in more than 10 years.Read More
Hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans are getting a raise today, the first in our state’s multi-year move toward a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Today’s wage hike, from $8.85 to $10, comes five months after Governor Murphy signed landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. After today, the statewide minimum wage will continue to increase by $1 per hour every January 1st until it reaches $15 per hour in 2024.Read More
As we near the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01), a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidate, is leading the charge on legislation that would guarantee public-service workers in every state have the right to stand together and negotiate for fair wages and working conditions.Read More
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is pleased to announce that U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) has offered a bipartisan amendment to the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, allocating $1,000,000 in funding to establish a modern postal banking system.Read More
Bill Concerning Sign Fabrication and Project Labor Agreements Also Released from the Senate Labor Committee
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join with RWDSU and the Hotel Trades Council today in favor of legislation S-3923, sponsored by Senator Fred Madden, which was debated by the Senate Labor Committee. If enacted, the bill would establish “Labor Harmony Agreements” for hospitality projects.Read More
New Jersey Passes First Statewide Law Mandating Panic Devices for Hotel Workers
Hundreds of hotel workers, union leaders and elected officials gathered at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City today to witness the signing of a bill requiring hotels to equip certain employees with “panic buttons” for their protection against inappropriate conduct by guests.Read More
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and Unite Here Local 54 President Bob McDevitt led a delegation of casino and hotel workers today in Trenton to lobby on behalf of S-2986/A-4439—a bill requiring hotels to provide panic buttons to employees for protection from unsafe working conditions, violence, and sexual assault while performing housekeeping duties. We are proud to report that the bill passed unanimously by a vote of 37-0.Read More