Legislation passes to enhance labor, now to the Governor for signing.

April 11, 2018  in Trenton: Labor Secures Groundbreaking Legislative Victories

Today’s legislative session saw a series of major floor votes in the Senate and Assembly that place several labor-championed bills on the governor’s desk for signature. It goes without saying that this progress was made possible by the persistent advocacy of organized labor, in some cases through multiple election cycles and legislative sessions.

Please find below a list of bills for which the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliates have led the charge along with respective vote totals.

Legislation Asm. Votes Sen. Votes
Workplace Democracy Act Passed
49-23-1-6
Passed
26-9-5
PSE&G Nuclear Energy Passed
60-10-1-8 
Passed
29-7-4
Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Passed
48-21-3-7
Passed
21-13-6
Automatic Voter Registration Passed
on Apr. 12
Passed
on Apr. 12
Earned Sick Leave Passed
on Mar. 26
Passed
24-11-5

Workplace Democracy Act (A-3686/S-2137): This bill seeks to provide stability and streamline communication provisions that impact public sector unions and their members in light of the Janus v. AFSCME case before the U.S. Supreme Court. We thank the bill’s prime sponsors, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin.

PSE&G Nuclear Energy (A-3724/S-2313): This bill will help to preserve middle class jobs as well as strengthen and diversify New Jersey’s energy portfolio. We thank the bill’s prime sponsors, Senators Sweeney, Smith, and Van Drew and Assembly members Burzichelli, McKeon, and DeAngelo.

Out-of-Network Consumer Protection (A-2039/S-485): This bill seeks to end the practice of charging consumers exorbitant fees for out-of-network care. We thank the bill’s prime sponsors, Senators Vitale and Weinberg, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, and Assemblyman Schaer.

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Earned Sick Leave (A-1827/S-2171): This bill will ensure that no worker in New Jersey has to make the choice between a paycheck and their health. Such a policy will benefit businesses and workers while improving public health. We thank the bill’s prime sponsors, Senator Weinberg and Assembly members Lampitt and Mukherji.

Automatic Voter Registration (A-2014/S-481): This bill allows eligible voters to be automatically registered to vote or to have their voting information updated when interacting with the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) unless they decline registration. We thank the bill’s prime sponsors, Senators Vitale and Beach, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, and Assemblyman Schaer.

We once again commend our many affiliates for their tireless efforts to advance a progressive agenda that puts working families first and our state ahead of the rest of the nation

Credit: AFL-CIO NJ

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