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On Sept. 11, 2001, we as a nation faced a tragedy unique in our history.

LAS VEGAS – Corrections workers have become the first group of state workers to ask to be recognized as AFSCME in contract negotiations since Nevada adopted a law in June giving state employees the

The holiday season is finally upon us! And no matter what holiday you celebrate, there’s no better gift to give than one made right here in America using union labor. Making the choice to buy labor-made products this season rewards those employers who respect workers’ rights and support our local communities. Take a look below at some of the gifts you can give this year that will support your sisters and brothers in the labor movement: 

Yesenia Lopez, President of Local 2298, was honored by the Essex County Freeholders during Hispanic Heritage Month in September.

In the wake of a particularly vicious hurricane season, Houston, Southern Florida and Puerto Rico were left devastated. Homes, cars, and businesses were destroyed leaving people without a place to stay or even a job to go back to. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have affected the lives of thousands of our AFSCME brothers and sisters, many of whom are tasked with rebuilding their communities before they can attend to their own needs. 

AFSCME NJ represents more than 20,000 women and men who go to work every day to keep NJ working. There are more than 30,000 retired and AFSCME members living in New Jersey. New Jersey is AFSCME Strong!

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As you know, a devastating hurricane reached landfall in southeast Texas over the weekend. 

Winds reached more than 100 miles an hour, with at least 50 inches of rain expected in some areas by the time the storm is through. There is widespread property damage and power outages. Much of Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, is underwater. Roughly 7,400 AFSCME members are in the heavily-impacted areas.

Almost a month after Governor Chris Christie manufactured a budget stalemate that resulted in tens of thousands of state workers being furloughed over the 4th of July holiday, he has signed legislation providing back pay to those employees who were furloughed over the three days. The signing came one day after the State Assembly voted unanimously to amend the state budget to provide pay for more than 30,000 workers who were prevented from working during that time.

It took three days, public uproar, and thousands of workers to urge Governor Chris Christie and the Legislature to end the shutdown and put state employees back to work. Many of our AFSCME sisters and brothers who have dedicated years of service to the people of New Jersey were shut out.