November 9, 2017
President Twomey’s Statement on the Election Results
As New Jersey’s largest healthcare union, we look forward to working with Governor-Elect Murphy to bring transparency and accountability to government, while improving access to healthcare and ensuring patients’ and workers’ standards of safety.
AFT Press Statement on Sen. Sweeney’s Re-election
Despite facing serious opposition, NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney defeated his opponent decisively, winning by a 59% to 41% margin. AFT President Randi Weingarten congratulated Sweeney on his victory and noted that “that with Phil Murphy in the governor’s office and Sweeney leading the state Senate, we have a shot at advancing an agenda in New Jersey that invests in great neighborhood public schools all children deserve, high-quality and affordable healthcare, and good jobs that deliver economic security to working people.”
NJ AFL-CIO Lauds Labor Victories in NJ Elections
Commenting on the election results on Tuesday, the New Jersey AFL-CIO pointed out that “in addition to securing a victory in the gubernatorial election, the labor movement was also successful in expanding pro-worker majorities in the New Jersey State Legislature, an achievement that separates New Jersey from the rest of the nation, and will ensure that organized labor shapes the future policies of our state.”
NJ WEC to Hold Workshop on Preventing Exposure to Workplace Chemicals
On Tuesday, November 28, the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) will be holding a workshop on “Preventing Exposure to Workplace Chemicals” from 9 am to 12:30 pm. The workshop will be interactive and focus on the following topics: assessing chemical hazards, OSHA’s HazCom standard, and identifying safety system failures.
HPAE Local Officers Attend 3rd Annual Leadership Development Program
HPAE local officers from eight locals attended HPAE’s 3rd annual Leadership Development Program (LDP) at the Labor Education Center on November 1 and 2. This year, the focus was on internal organizing and membership engagement. In the context of the upcoming Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME, and serious efforts to weaken collective bargaining rights in the country, it is essential that HPAE leaders have the tools and knowledge to maximize membership engagement and build successful campaigns around issues.
This Week in Labor History: Sit-Down Strike at the Hormel Plant in Minnesota
Sit-down strike begins at Austin, Minn., Hormel meat packing plant with the help of a Wobbly organizer, leading to the creation of the Independent Union of All Workers. Labor historians believe this may have been the first sit-down strike of the 1930s. Workers held the plant for three days, demanding a wage increase. Some 400 men crashed through the plant entrance and chased out nonunion workers. One group rushed through the doors of a conference room where Jay Hormel and five company executives were meeting and declared: “We’re taking possession. So move out.” Within four days the company agreed to binding arbitration – November 10, 1933
Read about other important struggles and events in U.S. labor history which occurred from November 6 to November 12, provided by Union Communication Services (UCS).
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