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NJ State Shutdown Update

From the New Jersey AFL-CIO:

As New Jersey’s government shutdown enters day 3, we need to demand a resolution. People's livelihoods are at stake and the services people depend on are in limbo. It is unacceptable that legislators we elected to vote on our behalf are abstaining from voting and causing a state government shutdown. Below is a list of legislators who have abstained and need to hear their constituents' voices.

If your legislator is listed, please send him or her a direct message with the simple message: pass the budget, end the shutdown.

Holding the state budget captive as a result of Governor Christie’s Horizon demands – a completely unrelated issue that was brought up less than one week ago – is misguided and a disservice to all New Jerseyans.

By expanding Horizon’s mission to serve as the insurer of last resort, Senate Bill S-4 is a health care tax imposed by Governor Christie on policy holders. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO maintains that any surplus should be returned to policy holders rather than diverted to other uses by the governor.

What can you do?

URA-AFT is calling on its members to call the following Legislators who are blocking the passage of a balanced budget. Tell them that a “no” vote or an “abstain” vote is the same as voting “yes” to a shutdown. This is unacceptable.

The below list and contact information has been provided by CWA 1036:

Bob Andrzejczak (609) 465-0700 Cape May County
R. Bruce Land (609) 465-0700 Cape May County
Craig Coughlin (732) 855-7441 Middlesex County
Joe Danielsen (732) 247-3999 Middlesex County
Joe Egan (732) 249-4550 Middlesex County
Nancy Pinkin (732) 548-1406 Middlesex County
Troy Singleton (856) 234-2790 Burlington County
Herb Conaway (856) 461-3997 Burlington County
Eliana Pintor-Marin (973) 589-0713 Essex County
Gordon Johnson (201) 530-0469 Bergen County
Eric Houghtaling (732) 695-3371 Monmouth County
Joann Downey (732) 333-0166 Monmouth County

And, while you are at it, send a message to thank all the Assembly members who voted YES on the budget and have stuck to their vote. 

 Complete List of Assembly Members who voted YES!

Dan Benson (D)

Ralph Caputo (D)

Marlene Caride (D)

Annette Chaparro (D)

Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D)

Wayne DeAngelo (D)

Tim Eustace (D)

Thomas Giblin (D)

Reed Gusciora (D) 

Jamel Holley (D)

Mila Jasey (D)

Angelica Jimenez (D)

James Kennedy (D)

Joseph Lagana (D) 

John McKeon (D)

Angela McKnight (D)

Raj Mukherji (D) 

Elizabeth Maher Muoio (D)

Vincent Prieto (D)

Annette Quijano (D)

Gary Schaer (D) 

Shavonda Sumter (D)

Cleopatra Tucker (D)

Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D)

Benjie Wimberly (D)

John Wisniewski (D)

Andrew Zwicker (D)


 Thank you to Assembly members Wayne DeAngelo (LD14), Dan Benson (LD14), and Andrew Zwicker (LD16) who added their YES votes on Friday to pass the budget and avoid a shutdown. Thank you to Assemblyman James Kennedy (LD22) who added his vote YES on Sunday to end the shutdown.

Meet the Candidates and More This Spring

Meet the Candidates

Joint URA-AFT and AAUP-AFT Membership Meeting

February 20 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm (Doors Open at 5 pm)

Agenda: Candidate Night with Asm. John Wisniewski, Candidate for the Democratic nomination. 

Open to signed members only.

Download this flier for additional information.

Upcoming Events:

College Avenue Campus Lunchtime Meeting

February 16 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

Hardenbergh Hall-B2


URA General Membership Meeting

February 20 @ 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

120ABC-Busch Student Center


Cook/Douglass Facilities – Lunchtime Meeting

February 22 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

P.A.L. Building – Cook


Cook Campus Lunchtime Meeting

February 23 @ 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

Cook Student Center


Looking to Run for Office in Your Town, School Board, District?


Look no further than the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s Labor Candidate Program. The program provides training, mentoring and support for union members running for elected office and has been successful in getting union members into office 915 times since 1997.

Read more here

Three Off-Campus Opportunities for URA Activists

 1) New Jersey State AFL-CIO (East Brunswick, NJ)

WILD Women in East Brunswick!

The AFL-CIO Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Conference will take place on Friday evening, March 3 and Saturday morning, March 4.

2) Greater NJ CLUW Education Day (Trenton, NJ)

Union Women — Work, Home, Community

Sponsored by: The Greater New Jersey Coalition of Labor Union Women
Saturday, March 25, 2017

3) AFTNJ Legislative Conference (limited slots available, overnight in Atlantic City, NJ)

AFTNJLegCon2017-1200v21-800x445What are the most important political issues impacting your career and working conditions?

When: Friday, March 31, starting at 3:00 PM through Saturday, April 1, finishing at 3:00 PM

Read more here for all three opportunities