Today, January 26, 32BJ SEIU members, officers, building service workers, elected officials, and allies will head to Trenton for a day of advocacy and action demanding the immediate passage of the Worker Retention Law.
The day of action will feature the delivery of 3,000 postcards to the New Jersey State Assembly and State Senate Majority offices at 9:00 AM and a rally at 11 AM at the State House Annex.
Introduced in March 2022, the legislation stipulates that incoming contractors would be required to retain the incumbent workforce for 90 days, unless there is a just cause for termination. Through this period, the workers will be able to demonstrate their capabilities and worth, while ensuring service continuity. It really is a win-win.
Currently, New Jersey workers employed by building-service contractors have no legal right to keep their jobs if the contractor changes and the incoming contractor decides not to retain the existing workforce. The bill would provide stability and job security for workers. Similar laws exist in 25 other localities including Los Angeles, Connecticut and New York City. Advocates in New Jersey have successfully passed worker retention laws in Hoboken and Newark and now seek to establish a statewide law.