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Union leaders, Phil Murphy continue the ‘Fight for $15’

 

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Protesters say that the ‘Fight for $15’ is about health and stability for their families

Dozens of SEIU workers marched and protested in front of GG3, a leather and apparel distribution center for a “Fight for $15” rally. “If we said $12-$13 an hour, that’s about $500 for a full week. How can people survive these days in the state of New Jersey under $500 a week?” said Albert Arroyo, a SEIU member. “We have to make sure workers rights are protected and that means they get paid $15 minimum wage an hour,” Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy said. Murphy says that if he does become Governor of New Jersey, he would work towards raising the minimum wage to $15.

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Defeat Graham-Cassidy

The union council representing more than 23,000 service workers in New Jersey is urging the defeat of the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Graham-Cassidy bill would make deep cuts in Medicaid and jeopardize subsidies that help more than 200,000 New Jerseyans afford health insurance.

“New Jersey’s Congressional delegation must stand totally united in rejecting Graham-Cassidy, a bill that would wipe out years of advancements in our healthcare system and jeopardize the health and wellbeing of families in every corner of our state,” said Milly Silva, Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.  “If any Congressperson votes in favor of this draconian bill, we must seriously challenge whether you should represent New Jerseyans. 
As a union of healthcare workers who are on the front lines each day caring for people whose lives will be devastated by cuts to Medicaid and other health programs, we will not rest until effort to repeal the ACA is stopped once and for all.”

The constituent unions of the State Council-The Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR), Workers United, and 1199SEIU are staunchly opposed to the detrimental impact that Graham-Cassidy would have on hospital patients, nursing home residents, homecare recipients, low-income families, and individuals of all types who depend on the protections enshrined in the Affordable Care Act.

“This would have a terrible impact on our community and our state,” said Dr. Joanelle Bailey, a surgery resident at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School who works at University Hospital in Newark. “Medicaid cuts would significantly hurt our patients here.” Because New Jersey expanded Medicaid it would be particularly hard hit by the bill’s plan to siphon funds to states that did not, said Bailey, who is regional vice-president for CIR. She noted that Graham-Cassidy also calls for the defunding of Planned Parenthood for a year. “This would be a regression in terms of the positive moves of the ACA in healthcare.”

Wilfredo Larancuent, Secretary Treasurer of the Laundry, Distribution & Food Service Joint Board of Workers United and head of the state council, said Graham-Cassidy needs to be stopped in its tracks. “We can’t stand by as Republicans attempt to ram through this mean-spirited bill that will make healthcare less affordable – and perhaps even out of reach – for working people,” he said.

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The SEIU NJ State Council is comprised of unions representing 23,000 service workers throughout the state, including those in healthcare, warehouse, food service and maintenance workers.

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N.J.’s new governor should sign $15 minimum wage hike | Opinion

N.J.’s new governor should sign $15 minimum wage hike | Opinion

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DACA rollback a “cruel threat” to more than 20,000 N.J. residents, economic blow to the state; Congress must act quickly to protect “Dreamers.”

DACA rollback a “cruel threat” to more than 20,000 N.J. residents, economic blow to the state; Congress must act quickly to protect “Dreamers.”

Contact: Pat Alex 551-795- 6985

Statement from Wilfredo Larancuent, President of SEIU New Jersey State Council, which represents more than 23,000 service workers in the state.
“The Trump administration’s decision to end DACA is both cruel and counterproductive. The rollback affects more than 20,000 DACA recipients in New Jersey, where they study, work and pay an estimated $66 million annually in local and taxes. We call on the state’s Congressional delegation to act swiftly in finding a bipartisan fix that will allow these young people – in this situation through no fault of their own – to remain here and continue to contribute to our 
state.
“The Dreamers have been thoroughly vetted and put their trust in the federal government. They need a path to legal residency and citizenship. Our members will keep the pressure on our congressional delegation to quickly find a legislative solution to give them that path and keep families together.”

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The SEIU NJ State Council is comprised of unions representing 23,000 service workers throughout the state, including those in healthcare, warehouse, food service and maintenance
workers.

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Workers “Fight for $15 and a Union” at events in Passaic and Essex counties over Labor Day weekend

Workers “Fight for $15 and a Union” at events in Passaic and Essex counties over Labor Day weekend

Contact: Pat Alex 551-795- 6985

Sunday, September 3, 2017: 1:30 PM March from American Labor Museum (Botto House) 83 Norwood Street, Haledon to Paterson’s Great Falls.
Monday, September 4, 2017: 10 AM March from Newark City Hall to Washington Park.

SEIU members will celebrate Labor Day by joining workers and community allies from across New Jersey to call attention to the need to raise our state’s minimum wage to $15, protect the
right of workers to form and join unions, and elect pro-worker candidates in the 2017 gubernatorial and 2018 midterm elections.
The Annual Labor Day Parade steps off at 1:30 PM Sunday at the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark in Haledon (www.labormuseum.net), the site where
over 20,000 workers rallied during the 1913 Paterson silk strike. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy, who was endorsed by the SEIU NJ State Council, is slated to join the two-mile parade route, which ends at Paterson’s Great Falls.
On Monday in Newark, SEIU members will participate in a march down Broad Street from City Hall to Washington Park, as part of the national day of action. The march begins at 10 a.m.
“We are proud to join with thousands across New Jersey to celebrate the achievements of our nation’s workers and recommit ourselves to building a strong and vibrant labor movement,” said
Milly Silva, Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU. “Just as workers organized for the eight-hour workday, the weekend, and an end to child labor, today our mission is to secure a national
living wage and union rights for all. This struggle is embodied in the Fight for $15 and a Union, the largest movement of low-wage workers in American history and a fight that we must win for
New Jersey.”
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The SEIU NJ State Council is comprised of unions representing 23,000 service workers throughout the state, including those in healthcare, warehouse, food service and maintenance
workers.

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SEIU NJ STATE COUNCIL ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER 2016 ENDORSEMENTS

Oct. 19, 2016

NEWARK – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) New Jersey State Council, representing 40,000 service workers in the private and public sectors around the state, today announced its congressional endorsements for the Nov. 8th general election.

“Our endorsements reflect the importance of having representatives who have a keen understanding of the social and economic issues facing labor and our workers in New Jersey, including our Fight for $15 and union rights, and we are proud to support them,” said Wilfredo Larancuent, Council President, and Co-Manager of the Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board, Workers United.

“We need Congressional representatives who recognize that poverty wages hurt workers, their families and their communities, and who will continue to fight with us for a $15 minimum wage and union rights,” said Kevin Brown, 32BJ Vice President and New Jersey State Director.

“Broadening access to community health services and protecting the advancements made through the Affordable Care Act must be key priorities in the next congressional term,” said Milly Silva, Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and Council Vice President.  “SEIU members across New Jersey are committed to electing and re-electing leaders who will make our state delegation a preeminent voice in Congress for progressive values and quality care.”

“Our choices for Congress have all demonstrated leadership skills and compassion for their constituents, which is reflected in their support for union rights and the Fight for $15,” said Tim Foley, Council Secretary-Treasurer, and Political Director of CIR (Committee of Interns and Residents). “We look forward to working with them in the coming years.”

 

SEIU NJ STATE COUNCIL ENDORSEMENTS

 

President & Vice President of the
United States of America
Hillary Clinton (D) /Tim Kaine (D)


U.S. House of Representatives
DISTRICT  1

Donald Norcross (D)

DISTRICT  2
No Endorsement

DISTRICT  3
No Endorsement

DISTRICT 4
No Endorsement

DISTRICT 5
Josh Gottheimer (D)

DISTRICT 6
Frank Pallone, Jr. (D)

DISTRICT 7
No Endorsement

DISTRICT 8
Albio Sires (D)

DISTRICT 9
Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D)

DISTRICT 10
Donald Payne, Jr. (D)

DISTRICT 11
No Endorsement

DISTRICT 12
Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)

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SEIU NJ STATE COUNCIL ENDORSES WILDA DIAZ FOR MAYOR OF PERTH AMBOY

Oct. 12, 2016 – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) New Jersey State Council, representing 40,000 service workers in the private and public sectors around the state, today announced its endorsement of Wilda Diaz for mayor of Perth Amboy.

“We are proud to support Wilda Diaz for mayor of Perth Amboy because of her record on issues affecting working families,” said Wilfredo Larancuent, Council President, and Co-Manager of the Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board, Workers United.

“Wilda Diaz understands what needs to be done when it comes to the quality of life and economic issues facing Perth Amboy, and we know she will continue to do what is needed to improve the lives of the women, men and children who live in that great city,” said Kevin Brown, 32BJ Vice President and New Jersey State Director.

“Mayor Wilda Diaz has been a champion in the Fight for $15 movement and a committed defender of good jobs in Perth Amboy,” said Milly Silva, Council Vice President and Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU. “She is a leader we know we can count on to deliver results for working people.”

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SEIU NJ STATE COUNCIL’S ENDORSEMENTS FOR STATE LEGISLATURE & PASSAIC COUNTY FREEHOLDER BOARD

Workers East.

“The issues that we tackle now and in the immediate future will impact generations to come, and we need officeholders who understand how their decisions will affect millions of men, women, and children across New Jersey,” said Kevin Brown, Vice President, 32BJ SEIU.

“New Jersey’s working families deserve decision-makers who can hit the ground running as we continue to work together to improve their lives,” said Tim Foley, Council Secretary-Treasurer, and Political Director of CIR (Committee of Interns and Residents).

 

SEIU NJ STATE COUNCIL ENDORSEMENTS

PASSAIC COUNTY BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS
Cassandra Lazzara
Hector Lora
John Bartlett

STATE LEGISLATURE

LD 1
Robert Andrzejczak (D)
R. Bruce Land (D)

LD 2
Vince Mazzeo (D)
Colin Bell (D)

LD 3
John Burzichelli (D)
Adam Taliaferro (D)

LD 4
Paul Moriarty (D)
Gabriela Mosquera (D)

LD 5
Senate
Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D)

Assembly
Patricia Egan Jones (D)
Arthur Barclay (D)

LD 6
Lou Greenwald (D)
Pamela Lampitt (D)

LD 7
Herb Conaway, Jr. (D)
Troy Singleton (D)

LD 8
No endorsement

LD 9
No endorsement

LD 10
No endorsement

LD 11
Eric Houghtaling (D)
Joann Downey (D)

LD 12
No endorsement

LD 13
Thomas Herman (D)
Jeanne Cullinane (D)

LD 14
Wayne DeAngelo (D)
Daniel Benson (D)

LD 15
Reed Gusciora (D)
Elizabeth Maher Muoio (D)

LD 16
Maureen Vella (D)
Andrew Zwicker (D)

LD 17
Joseph Danielsen (D)
Joseph Egan (D)

LD 18
Patrick Diegnan, Jr. (D)
Nancy Pinkin (D)

LD 19
Craig Coughlin (D)
John Wisniewski (D)

LD 20
Annette Quijano (D)
Jamel Holley (D)

LD 21
Jill Anne Lazare (D)
David Barnett (D)

LD 22
Jerry Green (D)
James J. Kennedy (D)

LD 23
No endorsement

LD 24
No endorsement

LD 25
Richard Corcoran III (D)
Thomas Moran (D)

LD 26
No endorsement

LD 27
Mila Jasey (D)
John McKeon (D)

LD 28
Cleopatra Tucker (D)
Ralph Caputo (D)

LD 29
L. Grace Spencer (D)
Eliana Pintor Marin (D)

LD 30
No Endorsement

LD 31
Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D)
Angela McKnight (D)

LD 32
Vincent Prieto (D)
Angelica Jimenez (D)

LD 33
Raj Mukherji (D)
Annette Chaparro (D)

LD 34
Sheila Y. Oliver (D)
Thomas Giblin (D)

LD 35
Shavonda Sumter (D)
Benjie Wimberly (D)

LD 36
Gary Schaer (D)
Marlene Caride (D)

LD 37
Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D)
Gordon Johnson (D)

LD 38
Timothy Eustace (D)
Joseph Lagana (D)

LD 39
No endorsement

LD 40
Christine Ordway (D)
Paul Vagianos (D)

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SEIU NJ STATE COUNCIL ANNOUNCES PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) New Jersey State Council, representing 40,000 service workers in the private and public sectors around the state, today announced its endorsements in the June 2nd primary election.

The SEIU NJ Council endorsed Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and Assemblyman Jamel Holley in District 20, and Angela McKnight and Nicholas Chiaravalloti in District 31.  Additionally, the Council endorsed Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr.

“It’s essential to have representatives at the state and local levels that understand the issues facing labor and our working women and men in New Jersey, and we are pleased to endorse these candidates,” said Wilfredo Larancuent, Council President, and Co-Manager of the Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board, Workers United.

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Fight For $15 – Media Coverage

http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/?gclid=CJGEx5mC-8QCFTIQ7Aod0mYAVg#44069

http://www.fios1news.com/newjersey/fight-for-15#.VS-iBZK9KK0

 

 

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