We are continuing to gather support from an array of sources from veteran political consultants to students so we will have the resources to properly launch our efforts and make a difference for struggling workers. Recently we have consulted a lawyer on the formation of bylaws.

Hi everyone!

We are continuing to gather support from an array of sources from veteran political consultants to students so we will have the resources to properly launch our efforts and make a difference for struggling workers. Recently we have consulted a lawyer on the formation of bylaws.

Our next meeting is Thursday, April 19th at 7 pm at 7 Silvester Ct., East Brunswick, NJ 08816. We plan to discuss narrowing our focus from the broad idea of “struggling workers and 1099 independent contractors” to a more specific area where we can make inroads and, consequently, more progress.

In addition, we plan to hold a strategic planning session and a SWOT analysis where we will formalize our mission and review the assets and liabilities of our organization. All are welcome and encouraged to attend (and bring friends)! Once completed, we will be able to expand our public presence.

Please RSVP here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/107921590052231/

If you can’t make it in-person, use the link below to conference in:

https://zoom.us/j/162124938

On Saturday, April 21st we plan to attend a meeting of the Poor People’s campaign in Newark, NJ to learn how the tactics of civil disobedience can change hearts and minds for the better. This is a revival of the campaign to address economic inequality made worse by racial basis that Dr. Martin Luther King was launching when he was assassinated.

We invite you to join us at the Worker’s Memorial March on Sunday, April 22nd in New Brunswick NJ for worker safety to march in solidarity and unity and remember those who have lost their lives at work. It begins at noon at the Anshe Emeth Temple at 222 Livingston Ave in New Brunswick. For more information, click below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1731558670199911/

IN OTHER NEWS:

Teachers in Oklahoma have won a 20% raise after a 9-day statewide strike. The state agreed to substantial raises for both the teachers and the support staff after many years of budgetary cuts at the expense of subsidies to Big Oil.

This is great news. It shows that the power of mass action from united workers can succeed under adverse circumstances including a hostile government and big business dominating electoral politics.  A poll found an amazing 72% of Oklahomans supported the strike. Teachers in Oklahoma are among the lowest paid in the nation.

In solidarity,

Dan

Daniel L. Ulloa
President
American Workforce Association
22 Carpenter Terrace N.
2 R
Belleville, NJ 07019
American.workforce1@gmail.com
(908) 421-1422
@American_Work1
Americanworkforce.net

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Progress And Our Meeting Next Week

These workers need the help of an organization like AWA to deal with the multitude of issues that arise in the workplace every day but go unaddressed for fear of reprisal. Isolation creates fear. But there is courage and strength in numbers. 

Hello All! 

I hope everything has turned out alright for those of you who were affected by the blizzard. 

AWA continues to build alliances and increase our following. We have continued our efforts to create a resource center for workers who do not have the benefit of unions. These workers need the help of an organization like AWA to deal with the multitude of issues that arise in the workplace every day but go unaddressed for fear of reprisal. Isolation creates fear. But there is courage and strength in numbers. 

Our next meeting is Sunday, March 18th from 5-7 pm at 7 Silvester Ct., East Brunswick, NJ 08816. It is a private residence where parking is ample. Refreshments will be provided.

We would love to see you there! If you can attend please RSVP here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/200794470511669/

As always, for those who cannot attend in-person, an audio-video conference is available.  Please see below.

https://zoom.us/j/41/6885357

The link will also be available on the Facebook.

IN OTHER NEWS:

While the national jobs report was surprisingly good this month, wages continue to grow far too slowly. The jobs report is problematic because it doesn’t take into account those who are underemployed and those who have stopped looking for jobs, thus artificially lowering the true unemployment rate. Wages continue to have little correlation with the stock market, which is dangerously high. 

This week, International Women’s Day was a reminder of the strength of women everywhere. While some have sought to obscure this holiday, its popularity in recent years has soared as we have been reminded that it is to commemorate the leadership roles women have taken in the labor movement.

In West Virginia, teachers in all 55 counties of the state were recently on strike for nine days in protest of their wages, which have not been increased in years. It was notable because it was directed in large part by its rank and file members versus the state leadership. 

The strike ended when the legislature agreed to raise their wages by 5%. This is a great victory in a state which has become increasingly conservative and anti-union in recent years and thus difficult for unions to operate. It shows how the power of an organized workforce, united in the fight for better conditions, can be an effective model for change. This victory has already inspired teachers in Oklahoma and Arizona.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon, 

Dan

Daniel L. Ulloa
President
American Workforce Association
22 Carpenter Terrace N.
2 R
Belleville, NJ 07019
American.workforce1@gmail.com
(908) 421-1422
@American_Work1
Americanworkforce.net

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The NLC Labor Summit and the Crumbling of New Jersey

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Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ) addressed the NLC Labor Summit Saturday.

By Eddie Rivera

The New Leaders Council’s Labor Summit in Edison on Saturday was a reminder of how New Jersey needs to be a beacon of hope for the labor movement and how far it has fallen. The last eight years with Chris Christie as Governor have derailed the Garden State. New Jersey has fallen behind its neighboring states in every economic measure since the Great Recession. Its credit rating has been downgraded several times. The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development has seen its budget nearly slashed to death and belittled in integrity. The bill to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour was vetoed last summer and the legislature did not override his veto. State residents are unable to make ends meet. It’s nearly impossible to survive with a low minimum wage and high tuition costs. Imagine raising kids while working three jobs and earning an education. This is a great injustice in a state as prosperous as ours.

In addition, Trump’s presidency has only made it worse. His appointment to the Supreme Court is likely to vote in favor of weakening labor unions while a similar bill is pending in Congress. The regulatory gains made by the Obama Administration in the face opposition are being turned back. His administration is stacked with plutocrats seeking to benefits their cronies at the expense of the American people. As Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ) pointed out, there are a handful of individuals in the United States Congress who have been in a labor union.

This weekend’s summit was a reminder to on its laurels in the long war against Hypercapitalism when small gains are achieved. Now is the time to fight for the preservation of the Labor Movement in New Jersey and the country as a whole. We as a state cannot continue to move backward. Now is the opportunity to turn the page and move forward back to the progressive values we in the Garden State hold dear. With so much diversity, New Jersey needs to demonstrate progressivism in all areas of public policy. Each of the panelists has expressed their views on labor with much thought and deliberation.

Without labor, New Jersey cannot function. We need reform to continue robust activity within the transportation, manufacturing, health, education, and customer service sectors. Everyone should be entitled to pension and benefits in their respective fields. I urge everyone to continue the fight for a better New Jersey. Eight years of falling behind the rest of the nation has gone long enough. Let us all come together and make all our dreams come true once again.

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Welcome

 

Welcome to our new organization. We are excited to get started working to help everyday people. In the coming weeks, we’ll be organizing individuals to join the fight.

We’re looking to get more individuals involved in the fight for economic inequality. Please join us.

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