National labor leaders are calling on Trenton Democrats to stand up for collective bargaining rights or face the consequences.
The letter is signed by 10 national labor leaders, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka who appeared in Trenton for a spring rally in support of Wisconsin public employees’ collective bargaining rights, National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel, CWA President Larry Cohen and AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee.
“We have learned that you are considering legislation that would strip health care from the bargaining table for tens of thousands of public workers in New Jersey,” The letter reads. ” Nothing is more central to the future than the ability of working people to have a voice in decisions about their living standards, and that is why the entire labor movement has been fighting similar attacks in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states. The preservation of collective bargaining is critical to the very existence of unions in this country.”
The letter goes on to warn lawmakers that labor will be watching the situation closely.
“We expect you, as a Democrat, to stand with working families and to defend collective bargaining rights,” the letter said. “This is a vote we take very seriously. “
Other signatories to the letter are UFCW President Joseph C. Hansen, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, IFPTE President Greg Junemann, United Auto Workers President Bob King and USW President Leo Gerard.