Everybody should have a union…. It gives us a voice. It gives you the power to change things that need to be changed.

~ Leslie Williams, 32BJ Member, New Jersey

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2,000 Contract Airport Workers Go on Strike at Seven U.S. Hubs
Entering one of the busiest holiday travel weeks of the year, about 2,000 baggage handlers and other airport workers at seven of America's biggest hubs went on strike Wednesday night over pay and union rights. Read More »
National Labor Relations Board Formally Charges Newark Security Contractor
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a formal complaint against security contractor Roman Security, which provides security services for the Newark Housing Authority. Read More »
The Imperious Mr. Degnan: Port Chair Shortchanges Thousands of Airport Workers
More than two years ago, on April 23, 2014, the Port Authority’s 12-member board of commissioners voted unanimously to improve the lives of 12,000 contract workers at LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark airports. Read More »
Jersey City Moves Forward with 30-Hour Work Week for Building Service Workers
The Jersey City Council voted in favor of moving forward with a 30-hour week for building service employees, as well as approving a 90-day transition period for displaced workers. Read More »
Protesting Hazardous Conditions, 32BJ Workers Rebuffed at PrimeFlight Offices Read more at Protesting Hazardous Conditions, 32BJ Workers Rebuffed at PrimeFlight Offices
Labor and community leaders and elected officials banged on the big wooden door at the offices of PrimeFlight today after an OSHA investigation at Newark International Airport uncovered numerous hazardous working conditions propagated by the United Airlines subcontractor. Read More »
Baraka asks Port Authority to OK $15 minimum wage, ‘do right’ by Newark residents
Mayor Ras Baraka plans to create a new office to oversee the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, he announced Wednesday — the latest device he hopes to use to wring more revenue out of the mammoth bi-state agency. Read More »
Airport Workers Plan Disruptions in Nine U.S. Cities on MLK Day
Workers from nine U.S. airports are planning to block bridges, march through terminals and protest at airline headquarters during a day of civil disobedience on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read More »
Janitors, Cleaners in NJ Authorize Strike Vote
With their contract deadline just weeks away, thousands of school janitors and office cleaners in New Jersey held a strike vote and rally Wednesday. Michael George has more from Newark. Read More »
SEIU 32BJ Raucous Rally Packs Essex Gym as Union Leader Brown Heads to Negotiations
Janitor members of SEIU 32BJ – 7,000 strong, who clean office buildings in more than 500 office buildings around New Jersey – tonight voted to strike if they can’t reach an agreement before Dec. 31st. Read More »
NJ Office Cleaners and School Janitors Deserve a $15 Wage
The union's contract expires Dec. 31, so it is back at the table with the New Jersey Contractors Association, seeking a $15 minimum wage for all workers and an extension of its health benefits. Read More »
Baraka, Payne Kick Off ‘Fast for Justice’ as Airport Workers Pursue Higher Wages Read more at Baraka, Payne Fast for Justice as Airport Workers Pursue Higher Wages
The steps of the Newark City Hall were crowded Tuesday with airport workers as they kicked off a 24 hour fast in an effort to push for a $15 minimum hourly wage and union rights. The workers were joined by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Congressman Donald Payne Jr. (D-10) as they pledged their commitment to the cause. Read More »
2,000 Contract Airport Workers Go on Strike at Seven U.S. Hubs
Entering one of the busiest holiday travel weeks of the year, about 2,000 baggage handlers and other airport workers at seven of America's biggest hubs went on strike Wednesday night over pay and union rights. Read More »
Airport Workers Strike
The workers, mostly cabin and airport cleaners, were picketing Thursday morning at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York City, as well as airports in Newark, N.J., Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Fort Lauderdale, Fl., according to the Service Employees International Union. Read More »
The Fight for Better Wages: Employed, in College and Living in a Homeless Shelter
I'm an airport worker, community college student at Essex County College and I live in a shelter in Newark (the name has been withheld for safety reasons). Read More »
Baraka, Fulop Among Pols Backing N.J. Janitors’ Push for $15 Wage
A coalition of politicians, clergy and other leaders gathered in Newark Tuesday to push for a $15 per hour wage for thousands of janitors around the state. Read More »
Lawmakers to Port Authority: Boost Workers’ Pay Already
A group of nearly 80 lawmakers from both sides of the Hudson River is calling on the Port Authority to keep its promise and boost the pay of airport workers. Read More »
Ousted Union Cleaners Return to Work in Secaucus
Happy to be back, seven janitors returned to work cleaning an office building on Lighting Way in Secaucus on Tuesday night, 15 months after they were ousted when the building cleaning contract changed hands, sparking a bitter battle between the workers' union and their employer. Read More »
33 North Jersey Custodial Workers Get Jobs Back After Judge Rules in Union’s Favor
An administrative law judge ruled Tuesday that the cleaning service contractor at three New Jersey office buildings, including one in Secaucus, must rehire 33 incumbent workers it previously jettisoned and begin recognizing their union affiliations, their union announced. Read More »
33 Displaced Office Cleaning Workers to Get Jobs Back
A judge has ruled 33 office workers displaced by a cleaning service contractor last year should be made whole for any losses in salary and benefits they experienced and be offered jobs at the office buildings where they previously worked, including one in Bernards Township. Read More »
Judge Orders Cleaning Service to Reinstate Ousted East Rutherford, Secaucus Workers
An administrative law judge has ruled that the cleaning contractor at three New Jersey office buildings - including buildings in East Rutherford and Secaucus - must reinstate 33 workers and recognize their union, which was shut out last year when the cleaning contract changed hands. Read More »
Trenton School Security Guards Seek Union Representation
A group of security guards contracted to work in Trenton Public Schools is seeking to unionize amid complaints about low pay and lack of paid time off. Read More »
PolitickerNJ’s 2015 Power List
Named in the coveted list is 32BJ Vice President and New Jersey State Director Kevin Brown. Click here to see the list and his interview. Read More »
Hundreds of Airport Workers Still Waiting for Pay Bump after Port Authority Deadline
More than two weeks after a Port Authority deadline, hundreds of airport workers are still waiting for their raises to $10.10 an hour, the Daily News has learned. Read More »
On Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Newark Airport Workers Hold Sit-Down Protest
On the 86th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., more than 150 protestors used a tactic often deployed by the slain civil rights leader – a sit-down, civil disobedience protest, this time on a Newark bridge to support better working conditions at nearby Newark Airport. Read More »
Fed Labor Agency Files Complaint over East Rutherford, Secaucus Buildings
Former employees at two high profile office buildings along Route 3 are the focus of a complaint by federal labor officials that accuses a cleaning and janitorial contractor for the buildings' new owners of discriminating against the unionized workers. Read More »
Princeton Cafeteria Workers Picket as Food Service Company Brings in Outside Workers to Serve School Lunches
Cafeteria workers in Princeton marched in front of the high school with picket signs today to demand that they receive their benefits back from Nutri-Serve, the public school district’s new food services contractor. Read More »
Tedesco, Ganz, Voss Show Support For Union Members In East Rutherford
Candidate for Bergen County Executive, Freeholder James Tedesco was joined by Freeholders David Ganz and Joan Voss in East Rutherford today to show support for members of 32BJ SEIU New Jersey. Read More »
Bergen Dems Show Support for Laid-off Workers at Labor Protest
A posse of Bergen County Democrats came to a rally of more than 50 laid-off cleaning workers in East Rutherford on Thursday, all speaking out about what they claimed are unfair labor practices. Read More »
Cleaning Workers Protest Layoffs from East Rutherford Office Building
21 employees on the cusp of a raise were let go when new owners switched contractors. Read More »
Dozens Protest Job Losses at East Rutherford Office Building
A raucous crowd of more than 50 workers, union members and public officials gathered outside the Metropolitan Center in East Rutherford Thursday to protest the replacement of the office building's unionized cleaning company with a non-union contractor. Read More »
Union Outraged over Flemington-Raritan Custodial Contract
A union representing custodial workers in the Flemington-Raritan School District has expressed outrage over the board's decision to cut the night staff to a part-time schedule. Read More »
Janitors Protest Loss of Jobs After Secaucus Office Building Changed Hands
After 21 years and seven months of working as a janitor at the same Secaucus office building, Maria De La Torre, 51, lost her job in July. Read More »
Petition Push for Earned Sick Leave Spreads to Five N.J. Municipalities
A grassroots coalition of activists and workers delivered thousands of petitions to five New Jersey municipal governments on Tuesday in an attempt to boost the drive to place local ordinances that would guarantee the right of the municipalities’ private sector workers to earn paid sick days on the ballot. Read More »
United Airlines Cited for Workplace Safety Violations
United Airlines has repeatedly put workers at Newark Liberty International Airport in danger of being injured by falls or by falling objects and other workplace hazards, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said today. Read More »
Deadline Looms in Newark Airport Wage Hike Flap
A dispute over workers' wages at Newark Liberty International Airport could be nearing a resolution. Read More »
United Airlines Opens Door for Raises for Low-Wage Airport Workers
With raises at stake for 3,700 low-paid cabin cleaners, baggage handlers and other airport workers in Newark, United Airlines acknowledged that its contractors are typically bound to follow local laws or rules governing the airports where they work. Read More »
Newark Baptist Ministers Join Protest Against United Airlines for Failure to Raise Hourly Wages for Airport Workers
A group of more than 25 Baptist ministers from Newark and around New Jersey gathered at a church not far from Newark Airport to ask why United Airlines has yet to raise airport workers' wages in compliance with recently announced Port Authority of New York and New Jersey changes and stated that they are joining protests designed to convince the major airline to comply.... Read More »
At Newark Airport Rally, Workers, Labor Leaders, Local Politicos Lash Out at United for Failing to Raise Hourly Wages
An assembly of workers, labor union leaders and local politicians gathered at Newark Airport today to demand answers to one question: why United Airlines apparently did not grant the same wage hike to its workers provided by other large airlines, a change just announced by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Read More »
Airport Workers Soar
There was a time when virtually every job at Kennedy, LaGuardia or Newark Airport had a paycheck that allowed for a decent standard of living. That time is long gone. Read More »
Low-Wage Contract Workers at Regional Airports Getting Long-Awaited Raises Next Month
Thousands of low-wage contract workers at LaGuardia, Kennedy, and Newark airports will see long- awaited raises next month. Read More »
More than 4,000 Airport Workers Pledge to Unionize
Thousands of workers seeking higher wages and stronger benefits have taken a major step toward forming a labor union to represent their interests at the New York City area's three big airports. Read More »
Union: Thousands of Airport Workers Want to Join Ranks for Better Pay and Benefits
Thousands of low-wage workers at Newark Liberty, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports are seeking union representation to boost their pay, benefits and working conditions, according to the union hoping to form bargaining units for them. Read More »
Workers Walk Airport to Airport to Remember MLK
Airport workers marched 10 miles from JFK Airport to LaGuardia Airport on the 46th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination to keep pressure on the major airlines and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to raise their wages. Read More »
Workers Rally for Wage Increase at Newark Airport
It’s two months since the Port Authority’s executive director, Pat Foye, ordered the airlines to increase workers’ wages immediately by $1 an hour. But the airlines and subcontractors at Newark Airport are balking, compelling airport workers to rally on Monday outside Terminal C. On January 28, 2014 Foye wrote a letter to the CEO’s of Read More »
PAY RAISE! Port Authority Leaders Vow to Push for Wage Hikes for All Workers
Wages for all workers who toil at Port Authority facilities — not just airport employees — are now set for takeoff. Read More »
A Step Toward More Pay for Airport Workers
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey took a significant step on Wednesday toward increasing wages and benefits for workers across all its facilities, beginning with its airports. Read More »
Port Authority Commits to Living Wages @ Airports
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to develop a policy to raise wage and benefits standards for all Port Authority facilities in the region. Read More »
The Buck Stops Here
The stage has been set for the Port Authority’s board to vote on raises for the 12,000 workers who labor for the minimum wage at the region’s three major airports. Read More »
Port Authority Commissioner Calls for ‘Living Wage’ at Newark Airport
A member of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners is publicly calling for a 'living wage' for workers at Newark Liberty International Airport. Read More »
United Airlines Dumps Newark Airport Union Jobs for Janitorial Contractor that Will Pay Lower Wages
The airport’s largest airline is tossing out a union janitorial contractor and replacing it with a company that workers fear will cut wages. Read More »
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