Today is May Day
We join with workers around the world commemorating the martyred Chicago Haymarket workers, killed by police in 1886, while fighting for the 8-hour work-day. Today, we re-commit to mobilize, humbled by the worker-leaders everywhere who have sacrificed themselves to improve people's lives.
As Governor of New Jersey I will continue accompanying our righteous struggles to defend and expand working rights for working people, both documented and undocumented.
When you elect me I will fight for equal pay for equal work (on average women are paid 32 cents less in NJ than a man in the same job), prevailing wage legislation, paid sick leave, a minimum wage of at least $15/hour and protect public pensions. I will seek organized labor’s participation in a dialogue on state infrastructure investment & job creation. I will insist on licenses for all migrant residents - it's safer for all of us - and declare NJ a Sanctuary state, allowing undocumented workers to go to work without fear of deportation and labor abuses due to their legal status.
My administration will work with unions, worker centers & willing businesses to transform the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development into an agency promoting just industrial relations & punishing wage theft along with all violations of the Wagner Act (or NLRA). We’ll side with workers to exercise fundamental rights of organizing and collective bargaining without fear.
As Governor I won’t get your back; I will walk side by side with organized labor and working people promoting fair labor practices, respect for our planet and the phase-out of the fossil-fuel economy. We can no longer postpone promoting a sustainable future for our children.
If I don’t see you in the streets at any of today’s marches, please look for me at the Conversation about Social Justice with Gubernatorial Candidates at 6:30 PM, broadcast from the NJ Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) by NJTV.
In peace and international solidarity on this International Day of the Worker,