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Sign up now for the Women in Leadership Development (WILD) conference.  Full-dues members can download and complete the brochure and fax it to the URA office at 732–745-0400 or drop it off to get registered.  This is a great opportunity to interact with other union leaders and address issues faced by women in the labor movement. Since the conference begins in the late afternoon only half-day release time will be offered to participants. More information has been provided below by the NJ State AFL-CIO… Register Today: WILD Conference March 30–31, 2012

Building Unity, Fighting Back, Moving Forward!

March 30–31, 2012

East Brunswick Hilton

3 Tower Center Boulevard

At the 9th Annual Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Conference, participants will engage in a highly interactive program which allows them to develop strategies to “build unity” among union and community members and “fight back” against the attacks to our union values. By tying together the themes of “building unity and fighting back,” we will take the essential first steps towards moving forward as a labor movement. CLICK HERE to register. Continue reading Go WILD!

Young URA Members Go to Minnesota

From September 29 to October 2, 2011, the AFL-CIO held the “Next Up: Young Workers Summit” in Minneapolis. With 800 in attendance, the conference held panels on topics ranging from the current state of the economy to labor history. Representing the URA were Abiezel Raices, a Community Assistant at Rutgers, and David Sokolowski, a Communications Coordinator at the RU Cell and DNA Repository.

In reporting back on the conference, both Abiezel and David noted the emphasis placed on the erosion of the middle class and the widening gap between the rich and the poor. For Abiezel, one particularly revelatory panel on the economy highlighted the fallacy behind the notion that money trickles down from the country’s wealthiest citizens to its poorest. Rather than supporting the 1% of American citizens who own most of the wealth, he said, “the goal should be balancing out the classes and fortifying the middle class.” Similarly, David reported that he learned shocking statistics on the gap in pay between the average American worker and CEO, a gap vastly higher in this country than most European countries.

Other panels attended by the URA members addressed the multi-faceted role of politics in shaping the labor movement. David walked away lamenting that there are too many politicians who claim to be pro-labor candidates who will fight for the rights of the middle class but then get elected and “flip the script,” turning their backs on the interests of working people. In the current climate, “unions really have their backs against the walls,” David said, adding, “The idea of ‘workers unite’ is huge,” and “a lot of Americans need to be more ticked off.”
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING: Shop Union to Support Good Union Jobs, Avoid Wal-Mart & Amazon

(from the New Jersey State AFL-CIO)

During this difficult economy, this Thanksgiving, let’s keep in Mind our Brothers & Sisters that are Unemployed.

We wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! This is the time of year to keep friends and family in mind, especially those that are unemployed. As middle class families continue to suffer due to the recklessness of Wall Street and while you enjoy your Holiday, let’s recommit ourselves to working towards an economy that works for all – not just the wealthy.

Typically the holiday shopping season kicks off on “Black Friday.” We ask you and your family to continue to shop union on Black Friday as well as throughout the holiday season. Let’s “talk turkey” at the dinner table and let everyone know that over the holidays, you will not shop at Wal-Mart, but shop at stores where employers treat their workers with dignity and respect. Shopping union builds our labor movement.
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