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NJ Member Goes Back to School Thanks to the Free College Benefit

New Jersey’s Jamika Flowers credits AFSCME Free College with making her educational dream possible.

Sara Haas |

NJ Librarian Praises Fast Access to Disaster Relief Grant with the Union Plus Credit Card

Through a quick phone call, Shileen Shaw found out she was eligible for the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant2 – a $500 cash grant that does not have to be repaid.

Union Plus |

Gov. Murphy Discusses His Middle Class Plan at NJ Town Hall

Gov. Phil Murphy discussed his plan to strengthen the middle class with an audience of working people, including members of AFSCME New Jersey.

Kathleen Cancio |

NJ Minimum Wage Will Rise to $15/Hour By 2024

New Jersey becomes the fourth jurisdiction in the country to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Jocelyn Alcox, AFSCME New Jersey |

A Guiding Light for New Jersey’s Blind

“The first thing I do is just listen to them,” says Cynthia King. “I find out how their vision loss came about, what their needs are."

Pete Levine |

Camden County Library Workers Ratify Contract After a Year of Activism

“Being really public about our value and doing community outreach to educate folks on what the library really does was so important, but what really turned it around for us was unity."

Jocelyn Alcox, AFSCME New Jersey |

Trenton School Custodians Vote Unanimously to Affiliate with AFSCME NJ

About 65 school custodians in New Jersey’s capital, Trenton, have joined with AFSCME.

Jocelyn Alcox |

Fighting Homelessness One Dinner at a Time

This New Jersey member fights homelessness one dinner at a time.

Jocelyn Alcox, AFSCME New Jersey |

Atlantic City Water Services to Remain in Public Hands

Atlantic City, N.J., water services to remain public, thanks to AFSCME members.

Jocelyn Alcox, AFSCME New Jersey |

Furloughed NJ State Workers Will Get Paid, Thanks to AFSCME

New Jersey state workers who were needlessly furloughed will get back pay, thanks to the tireless advocacy by members of AFSCME New Jersey.

JOCELYN ALCOX and KEVIN HANES |

Activists Share Ideas, Develop Best Practices to Strengthen AFSCME

At the first of many planned AFSCME activist exchanges, 18 activists shared ideas and strategies to strengthen our union.

Ashley Jenkins and Raju Chebium |

Families Worry about Vital Services and Jobs; NJ Gov. Christie Headed to the Beach

AFSCME New Jersey members are fighting to make sure that state workers affected by a brief – and needless – government shutdown get paid in full.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

AFSCME Strong Helps Nominate Champion to Lead New Jersey

Powered by the strength of working families across the Garden State, AFSCME-endorsed candidate Phil Murphy has secured the Democratic nomination for governor in a landslide.

John Noonan |

New Jersey’s Local 3779-D Achieves a Milestone — 100% Membership

AFSCME members in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, achieve rare milestone – 100 percent membership.

John Noonan |

Camden County Librarians Get Active for a Contract

Some N.J. librarians are standing together with support staff and winning together in their fight for a new contract.

John Noonan |

NJ Member Joins Elite Group – Competes on Jeopardy! on National TV

A New Jersey librarian and AFSCME member got the chance to show off her general knowledge as a contestant on Jeopardy!

Raju Chebium |

AFSCME Members Wrestle with ‘Snowzilla’

AFSCME members throughout the East helped communities prepare for and recover from the historic blizzard nicknamed Snowzilla.

Clyde Weiss |

AFSCME Strong Training in New Jersey: Small in Size, Big on Energy

In January, AFSCME Council 52 welcomed the New Year by getting AFSCME Strong-er.

Pablo Ros |

Bus Driver and Attendant Save Girl from Wild Dog

A 5-year-old girl in the clutches of a wild pit bull was rescued Oct. 9 by a bus driver and bus attendant, both represented by AFSCME Local 2251.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |

Paying Their Dues: A Love Story

Here’s how a one-on-one conversation between a union organizer and a laid-back, nonunion social worker led to 45 years of marriage, four children and eight grandchildren, and a long career in the labor movement.

Kevin Zapf Hanes |