New Jersey Senate approves unemployment benefits for striking workers

Atlantic City Unite Here Local 54 union members walk the picket line as they strike the Trump Taj Mahal (Anthony Smedile for NewsWorks)

Atlantic City Unite Here Local 54 union members walk the picket line as they strike the Trump Taj Mahal (Anthony Smedile for NewsWorks)

A measure the New Jersey Senate passed earlier this week that would provide unemployment benefits to striking workers is now awaiting action in the Assembly.

Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto says he plans to post the bill for a vote in the near future. He says strikers should not have to go for weeks without getting any compensation.

“You should be able to voice your concerns to make a livable wage and good working environment and benefits and not be held hostage that you cannot put food on your table.”

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick says Republican lawmakers oppose the legislation

“It provides an avenue in my judgment that would almost encourage strikes because you’re going to be paid by the taxpayers. If they want to create a strike fund, that fine, and if they want to negotiate being paid after the strike is over with the employer, that’s fine, but not on the backs of the taxpayers.”

The measure would provide unemployment benefits to employees who’ve been out of work for more than 30 days during a labor dispute.

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