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Congressman John Lewis to Promote Early Voting In New Jersey and Call On Governor Christie to Sign Legislation
May 1, 2013 - On Tuesday, Congressman John Lewis will join for a tele-town hall meeting to discuss the current Early Voting legislation (A-3553) that passed through the legislature last month, and is currently awaiting action by Governor Christie. Read more.

Chris Christie Needs to Sign Early Voting Legislation
April 9, 2013 - Charles Hall speaks with the WWRL Morning Show about the importance of passing early voting registration in New Jersey. Read more.

Register to Vote Yourself a Raise
April 9, 2013 - Many new immigrants begin by their jobs by making minimum wage. This is why Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc., is fighting a raise in the minimum wage. Read more.

Local 108 President Charles Hall Makes Case for Early Voting in New Jersey
April 3, 2013 - On Tuesday, April 2, 2013 Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Chair Charles N. Hall, Jr. was a guest on the Mark Riley show (1600 AM WWRL New York) to discuss the impact of early voting in New Jersey. Read more.

Call for Early Voting Legislation
April 1, 2013 - Local 108 makes an appeal for early voting legislation Read more.

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Local 108 Attends Minimum Wage Event
April 1, 2013 - Local 108 joins labor and community groups in advocating to raise the minimum wage Read more.

Local 108 Member Awarded Scholarship
March 20, 2013 - Local 108 Member Awarded Scholarship Read more.

Citizen Groups to Protest Walmart Coming to Newark; Mega Retailer Says it Has No Plans for City Store
March 20, 2013 - Newark-Several citizen groups are slated to gather outside city hall today to protest what they believe is a Walmart proposed to open in Newark's Central Ward. Read more.

Protesters Say No to Walmart in Newark
March 20, 2013 - More than 100 people rallied on the steps of city hall Monday to protest the purported construction of a Walmart along Springfield Avenue, echoing charges heard elsewhere that the retail giant does not provide a decent living for its employees and has a Read more.

Documents Indicate Walmart Blocked Safety Push in Bangladesh
March 20, 2013 - Documents found at the Tazreen apparel factory in Bangladesh, where 112 workers died in a fire nearly two weeks ago, indicate that three American garment companies were using the factory during the past year to supply goods to Walmart and its Sam’s Club s Read more.

Working Families United for New Jersey Fundraiser
March 19, 2013 - Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. has accomplished a great deal over the past two years with regard to issue education, engaging families in the democratic process, expanding our diverse network of community allies, and continuing to empower th Read more.

Charles N. Hall, Jr. Elected to UFCW Executive Board
March 13, 2013 - Local 108’s President Charles N. Hall, Jr. Elected to UFCW Executive Board on February 11, 2013 Read more.

NJ State AFL-CIO's Women In Leadership Development (WILD) Conference
March 11, 2013 - On International Women’s Day, members of Local 108 RWDSU participated in the 10th Annual New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s Women In Leadership Development (WILD) Conference. Read more.

Cory Booker's Food Stamps Distract from Reality
March 8, 2013 - Rather than pretending to live on food stamps for a week, shouldn't Mayor Cory Booker be taking a hard-line stance against Wal-Mart, which is trying to open a store in the heart of Newark? Read more.

RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum Shows Leadership and Vision
March 8, 2013 - RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum shows leadership and vision Read more.

Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Testifies for School Repairs
March 6, 2013 - Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. testified with its community and statewide allies at the School Development Authority (SDA) board meeting Read more.

First Contract De Stefano Workers Secure Needed Benefits in Union Contract
February 27, 2013 - First Contract De Stefano Workers Secure Needed Benefits in Union Contract Read more.

Local 108 Stands Strong In Defense of Public Sector Workers
February 22, 2013 - Local 108 Stands Strong In Defense of Public Sector Workers Read more.

Local 108 joins forces with Camden Police
February 21, 2013 - Local 108 joins forces with Camden Police Read more.

Congratulation to new Local 108 members from the Guttenberg Parking Enforces & Crossing Guards!
February 19, 2013 - Congratulation to new Local 108 members from the Guttenberg Parking Enforces & Crossing Guards! Read more.

Local 108 partners on WFUNJ voter registration drive
February 17, 2013 - Local 108 partners on WFUNJ voter registration drive Read more.

Academy Middlesex Ratifies New Contract
February 15, 2013 - Academy Middlesex Ratifies New Contract Read more.

President Hall Visits Alma Mater for Voter Registration
January 22, 2013 - In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Charles Hall Jr. made a return visit to his alma mater Read more.

Happy 75th Anniversary RWDSU!
November 21, 2012 - Happy Anniversary RWDSU! Read more.

Coming Together For Thanksgiving
November 20, 2012 - Coming Together For Thanksgiving Read more.

Local 108 Welcomes New Members from Destefano Foods in New Brunswick
November 20, 2012 - Local 108 Welcomes New Members from Destefano Foods in New Brunswick Read more.

Local 108 Sandy Efforts & Resource for Affected Members
November 15, 2012 - Local 108 Sandy Efforts & Resource for Affected Members Read more.

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Local 108 Gets Out The Vote; Obama & Menendez Win Big!
November 8, 2012 - Local 108 Gets Out The Vote; Obama & Menendez Win Big! Read more.

Local 108 General Membership Meeting 2012
October 17, 2012 - Local 108 Holds 2012 General Membership Meeting Read more.

Senator Menendez Visits Local 108
October 11, 2012 - Senator Menendez Visits Local 108 Read more.

Local 108 Endorses Frank Salado for Mayor of Perth Amboy
October 4, 2012 - Local 108 Endorses Frank Salado for Mayor of Perth Amboy Read more.

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Election Season in Full Swing
September 24, 2012 - Local 108 joins Working Families United for New Jersey to bring our the vote Read more.

Local 108 @ the Newark Labor Day Parade
September 10, 2012 - Last Friday, Local 108 joined dozens of local unions for Newark’s Annual Labor Day Parade. Read more.

Local 108 Endorses Ira Stern for Piscataway School Board
September 10, 2012 - Local 108 Endorses Ira Stern for Piscataway School Board Read more.

Local 108 comes out to support community-based organization Partners in A.C.T.S
August 31, 2012 - Press Release from Recent Local 108 Sponsored Event Read more.

Local 108 Joins Tens of Thousands In Philadelphia to Rally For Working Families
August 13, 2012 - Local 108 Joins Tens of Thousands In Philadelphia to Rally For Working Families Read more.

August Member Health & Wellness News
August 7, 2012 - August Member Health & Wellness News Read more.

Local 108 Mourns the Passing of Jack Drakeford
August 2, 2012 - Local 108 Mourns the Passing of Jack Drakeford Read more.

Check Out Local 108 On Twitter
July 10, 2012 - Local 108 On Twitter! Read more.

Local 108 Member Presents at American Library Association Conference
June 28, 2012 - Local 108 Member Presents at American Library Association Conference Read more.

Local 108 Plays Key Role In New Jersey State AFL-CIO Convention
June 13, 2012 - Nearly 700 delegate representing unions from across New Jersey convened on June 12-13 at Bally’s Atlantic City for the state AFL-CIO’s 28th Constitutional Convention. Read more.

Eppes Deli Workers A Good Deal In Lean Times
June 12, 2012 - New Contract for Eppes Deli Workers Read more.

LOCAL 108 ENDORSES CONGRESSMAN BILL PASCRELL
June 2, 2012 - RWDSU Local 108 Endorses Congressman Bill Pascrell in 9th District Democratic Primary Read more.

Local 108 Rallies for Payne Jr.
June 2, 2012 - Local 108 hosts rally for Donald Payne Jr. for Congress Read more.

Congratulations to the West New York Crossing Guards!
June 1, 2012 - West New York Crossing Guards Get Well Deserved Wage Increase & Benefits Read more.

The Union Difference!
May 29, 2012 - Littman Jewelers in Ohio Sees Increased Sales Thanks to Union Plaque Read more.

Local 108 Endorses Donald M. Payne Jr. for NJ 10th Congress
May 15, 2012 - Local 108 Endorses Payne for Congress Read more.

Local 108 Joins Occupy Wall Street for May Day Celebration
May 1, 2012 - On May 1st, Local 108 came out with members and staff from the RWDSU international and the Retail Action Project (RAP) to celebrate International Worker’s Day in New York City. Read more.

Local 108 and Friends of Englewood Library Protest Budget
April 6, 2012 - NY1 covers Englewood Council Meeting and protests over library budget. Read more.

President Charles Hall Jr. Speaks at Englewood Library Rally
April 6, 2012 - President Charles Hall Jr. Speaks at Englewood Library Rally Read more.

Jorge Semidey Retires After 28 Years of Service
February 28, 2012 - Jorge Semidey Retires After 28 Years of Service Read more.

Local 108 & Englewood Public Library Fight Back
February 13, 2012 - Local 108 & Englewood Public Library Fight Back Read more.

Charles Hall Elected First Vice President of Labor Council
January 27, 2012 - Charles Hall Elected First Vice President of Labor Council Read more.

Local 108 Wins Election at Pickle King
January 9, 2012 - Local 108 recently won a NLRB election Read more.

Local 108 Holds General Membership Meeting
December 4, 2011 - On December 4th, 2011 Local 108 held its General Membership Meeting. Items on the agenda included: Read more.

Crossing Guard Negotiations are Overdue
November 14, 2011 - Crossing Guard Negotiations are Overdue Read more.

Labor in the Pulpit
October 28, 2011 - On Sunday Sept. 4, 2011 at 11:30 a.m., labor leader and president of Local 108 Charles N. Hall gave an address at St. Franklin John's Church for "Labor in the Pulpit." The speech is as follows: Read more.

Local 108 Cohosts Peoples Organization for Progress Rally
October 21, 2011 - On Thursday, October 20th, Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, UFCW, Local 108, co-hosted the People's Organization for Progress’ Daily Peoples Campaign for Jobs, Peace, Equality and Justice! Read more.

Charles Hall Receives 2011 NEPAC Man of the Year Award
September 20, 2011 - On September 19th 2011, Local 108 President Charles N. Hall Jr. received the NEPAC Man of the Year Award. Read more.

Verizon Workers Candlelight Vigil
August 19, 2011 - Local 108 participated in the Verizon Workers Candlelight Vigil outside of the home of Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam in Mendham, NJ. Read more.

On the Picket Line in Support of Verizon Workers
August 18, 2011 - On August 17, Local 108 agents went to the picket line on Clinton Avenue in Irvington, NJ to support local Vz workers in their fight to preserve their pensions and benefits. Read more.

AFL-CIO COPE Conference
August 5, 2011 - On August 4th, Kathy Campbell spoke on behalf of Local 108 to cast our union's delegate vote. Read more.

Local 108 Helping Kids in New Jersey
December 13, 2010 - Helping kids from families affected by AIDS is a year-round job for the members of Local 108, based in Newark, New Jersey. Read more.

Happy Thanksgiving From Local 108
December 1, 2010 - RWDSU Local 108 donated time and financial support to the Phillips Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church this Thanksgiving, to help provide holiday meals for needy families in the Newark, New Jersey area. Read more.

Second Contract Brings More Improvements at Urban Strategies
November 29, 2010 - When workers at Urban Strategies, a housing complex in New Jersey, joined RWDSU Local 108 in early 2007, they did so to win a voice at work, and the wage increases, benefits, and protections that come with union membership. Read more.

Union City for New Jersey Parking Enforcement Officers
August 23, 2010 - The parking enforcement officers in Union City, New Jersey, have joined RWDSU Local 108. The officers’ RWDSU membership became official on June 1, thanks to card check recognition, which is the law for public employees in New Jersey. Read more.

Andrew Mark Contract Brings Holidays, Wage Increases
June 4, 2010 - RWDSU Local 108 members employed at the Andrew Mark leather goods distribution center in Secaucus, New Jersey, ratified a new three-year contract with numerous improvements. Read more.

NJ Part-Timers Get a Full-Time Union Voice
May 5, 2010 - Almost 100 crossing guards and sanitation workers employed by Hoboken City in New Jersey joined RWDSU Local 108 on May 5, after the city agreed to recognize the union due to overwhelming support. Read more.

Fort Lee Library Workers Ratify Agreement
May 5, 2010 - On March 17, the workers at Fort Lee library ratified a new four-year contract with their employer, the borough of Fort Lee, New Jersey. Read more.

Academy Bus Drivers in NJ Win Improvements
April 23, 2010 - When bus drivers at Academy Express in New Jersey joined RWDSU Local 108 in 2004, the workers there suffered from low pay, virtually no benefits, and they had nobody to look out for them on the job. Read more.

Pay Increases for NJ Supremo Workers
April 15, 2010 - When 400 workers at 12 Supremo supermarket stores in New Jersey joined the RWDSU in 2005, it completely changed their lives at work. Read more.

Jon Corzine
October 18, 2009 - Jon Corzine with Our Members on October 18, 2009 Read more.

Local 108 General Membership Meeting
October 18, 2009 - October 18, 2009 Local 108 General Membership Meeting Read more.

Loretta Weinberg Rally
October 17, 2009 - October 17, 2009 Check out the Loretta Weinberg Rally... Read more.

Chris Christie Doesn't Support New Jersey Workers
August 13, 2009 - If one thing is apparent about Chris Christie and his campaign, it is that he does not respect workers and their unions. Read more.

Representative Pascrell Shows Support for Strauss Workers
July 10, 2009 - Congressman Bill Pascrell has sent a letter in support of Local 108 members at Strauss Auto. Read more.

New York NAACP Honors Local 108 President Hall
June 16, 2009 - At their 100th Anniversary Celebration, Local 108 President Charles N. Hall, Jr. receives the Centennial Freedom Award Read more.

Community Campaign
May 29, 2009 - Exposing the Strauss Company as an Anti-Union and Anti Worker Company Read more.

Local 108 RWDSU Wins One For Strauss Workers
May 11, 2009 - In case brought by Local 108, Bankruptcy judge disallows Strauss $672,000 severance plan for key executives. Read more.

Struggle for a Fair Contract at Strauss Continues
April 10, 2009 - L. 108 Wants a Fair Contract. Steps up Fight with Strauss Auto Management Read more.

Fair Contract Rally for Strauss Workers in Lodi
April 9, 2009 - Union members and Community Leaders Voice Strong Support For a Fair Contract for Local 108 Strauss Workers Read more.

A Letter to Our Members
April 8, 2009 - A Letter to Our Members Read more.

Strauss Discount Auto Workers Vote to Authorize Strike
March 30, 2009 - Workers from Strauss Auto Discount stores (members of RWDSU Local 108) late Sunday overwhelmingly approved a vote authorizing a strike against the retailer. Read more.

Health and Safety Meeting for Strauss Members
March 27, 2009 - The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss “Health and Safety” concerns and OSHA standards in the shops and warehouse, as it relates to the automotive industry. Read more.

STRAUSS DISCOUNT AUTO WORKERS TO RALLY FOR FAIR CONTRACT
March 25, 2009 - MEGA AUTO RETAILER EXCUTIVES FAIL TO SERIOUSLY OR RESPONSIBLY NEGOTIATE FAIR LABOR CONTRACT FOR DEDICATED WORKERS Read more.

First Pact For Englewood Health Department Workers
January 5, 2009 - New Contract For Englewood Healthe Department Employees Read more.

General Membership Meeting
October 6, 2008 - Sunday October 19, 2008 at 9:30 AM Crowne Plaza Hotel, Clark, New Jersey Read more.

New Jersey Citizen Action
September 10, 2008 - Local 108 and New Jersey Citizen Action: Helping You Save! Local 108 has developed a close relationship with NJ Citizen Action to help our members. Read more.

Local 108 Rallies for Health Care Reform
June 20, 2008 - Local 108 President Charles N. Hall Jr. spoke at a rally in Newark, NJ for National Health Care Reform. He called for affordable quality health care for all. The Rally was one of many across the country. Read more.

Local 108 Endorses Senator Lautenberg
May 30, 2008 - Local 108 Endorses Senator Lautenberg. President Hall urges NJ members to vote for Senator Lautenberg in NJ's Democratic Primary on Tuesday, June 3rd. Read more.

Local 108 Supports Paid Family Leave Insurance
March 20, 2008 - Local 108 Supports Paid Family Leave Insurance Read more.

Local 108 Volunteers Help Paterson Residents Celebrate Chris
December 16, 2007 - On Sunday December 16th representatives from Local 108 RWDSU joined with representatives from other unions of the New Jersey Passaic Central Labor Council to help make the holiday season a little brighter for poor families and their kids in Paterson, Read more.

Support New Brunswick’s Municipal Workers! (Postponed)
November 7, 2007 - Please join us on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 6:00 pm in front of New Brunswick City Hall as we rally with New Brunswick’s Municipal Workers for a fair contract. Read more.

Local 108 Members Win Wage Hikes, Better Benefits at NJ Supe
June 19, 2007 - In a new three-year contract with a chain of mid-sized supermarkets throughout New Jersey, RWDSU Local 108 members won wage hikes, benefit improvement and health insurance for part-time workers. Read more.

Academy Bus Drivers Win 16-23 Percent Wage Hikes in New Pact
June 14, 2007 - After a tough round of negotiations with Academy Bus Tours, a transportation company in New Jersey, RWDSU Local 108 members won separate three-year contracts for drivers at the Tri-State, Rutgers and Middlesex bus terminals. Read more.

Benefits Clear With new Pearl Vision Contract
June 11, 2007 - A new three-year agreement with Pearle Vision, Inc., protects health care benefits, raises wages, and creates other new benefits for over 200 Local 108 members who work at Pearle Vison stores throughout New Jersey. Read more.

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