Two pro-labor bills supported by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO were favorably voted out of the Senate Labor Committee today. We would like to thank the sponsors of these bills and the committee members that voted in favor.
The New Jersey Call Center Jobs Act (S-1780): Sponsored by Sen. Patrick Diegnan (D-18)
The bill seeks to establish a minimum threshold for the staffing of call centers and also makes companies that offshore call center jobs ineligible for state tax-payer funded subsidies. The bill, supported by IBEW Local 827, UWUA Local 601 and CWA, was released along party lines. Senator Fred Madden (D-4), Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31) and Senator Joe Vitale (D-19) voted in favor. Republican Senators Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Dawn Addiego (R-8) abstained. The bill has already passed the State Assembly.
Hotel Employee Protection Act (S-2986): Sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37)
The bill, supported by UNITE HERE Local 54, requires hotels to provide panic buttons to hotel employees for protection from unsafe working conditions, violence, and sexual assault while performing housekeeping duties. The bill was released with bipartisan support by a vote of 5-0.
We once again thank the sponsors of these bills and thank all of the affiliated unions that have been lobbying for their passage.