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About Us


AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, is the nation’s largest union of public employees, with over 1.6 million members. AFSCME Council 73 New Jersey is one of the 65 district councils that are affiliated with AFSCME International. Council 73′s 10,000 affiliated members work for cities, counties, the State, the private sector and other local units of government.

In the AFSCME structure, local unions join together in Councils so that their Council can provide professional representation, administrative services, research, education, training, and International resources to their members. Council 73 was chartered by the International Union in 1971 to provide administrative and representational services to AFSCME Local Unions in Central New Jersey. Since then the Council has grown to represent more then 10,000 public and private sector workers in 66 Local Unions in New Jersey.

In addition to Council 73, there are three other AFSCME Councils in New Jersey. Council 52 represents members in North Jersey, and Council 71 represents members in South Jersey. Council 1 is responsible for negotiating the contract that covers State employees in the health care and rehabilitation services unit and handle grievances and disciplinary cases for these members once they go beyond the institutional level. Councils 73, 52 and 71 handle grievance and disciplinary cases for these members at the institutional level.

 

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About Us


AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, is the nation’s largest union of public employees, with over 1.6 million members. AFSCME Council 73 New Jersey is one of the 65 district councils that are affiliated with AFSCME International. Council 73′s 10,000 affiliated members work for cities, counties, the State, the private sector and other local units of government.

In the AFSCME structure, local unions join together in Councils so that their Council can provide professional representation, administrative services, research, education, training, and International resources to their members. Council 73 was chartered by the International Union in 1971 to provide administrative and representational services to AFSCME Local Unions in Central New Jersey. Since then the Council has grown to represent more then 10,000 public and private sector workers in 66 Local Unions in New Jersey.

In addition to Council 73, there are three other AFSCME Councils in New Jersey. Council 52 represents members in North Jersey, and Council 71 represents members in South Jersey. Council 1 is responsible for negotiating the contract that covers State employees in the health care and rehabilitation services unit and handle grievances and disciplinary cases for these members once they go beyond the institutional level. Councils 73, 52 and 71 handle grievance and disciplinary cases for these members at the institutional level.

 

members have a voice  at all 3 levels of the Union:


Local

Each AFSCME Local is a self-governing unit. Each has its own constitution, elects its own officers, and determines its own policies. Members of each Local select their own negotiating committee, and vote to accept or reject proposed contracts.


Council

All of Council 73′s Officers and Executive Board members are public or private sector employees who hold full-time jobs in addition to their duties at the Council. Delegates representing every local in the Council elect the Officers every four years at Council 73′s convention. The convention also sets the Council’s policies and priorities for the coming year.


National

Delegates to AFSCME’s International Union convention elect AFSCME’s International president, secretary-treasurer and regional vice-presidents every four years. International convention delegates, representing local unions, also determine the policies and programs for the International union.

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Services


Council 73 members can utilize a wide variety of services developed specifically to meet the needs of employees in both the public and private sectors. The local union, the international union, and Council 73 work together to provide AFSCME members with excellent representation.

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Services


Council 73 members can utilize a wide variety of services developed specifically to meet the needs of employees in both the public and private sectors. The local union, the international union, and Council 73 work together to provide AFSCME members with excellent representation.

Local union officers and stewards

These local leaders, elected by their co-workers, provide the day-to-day representation on the job and the direction for the local union that AFSCME members rely on.

Council Representatives

Council 73′s professional staff representatives work directly with local union leaders, assisting with grievances, disciplines and arbitrations, helping the local negotiating committee draft contract proposals, serving as chief negotiator, working with the local union on administrative questions and problems, representing the rights of the union and individual AFSCME members before the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission (which enforces the laws governing labor/management relations for New Jersey public employees), the National Labor Relations Board (which enforces the laws governing labor/management relations for New Jersey private sector employees), and helping in many other ways to provide quality representation.

Legal services

Council 73 utilizes Weissman & Mintz LLC, a firm that specializes in labor law. Steve and the attorneys in his firm are available to the Council to assist in enforcing AFSCME contracts as well as employee and union rights.

Research

AFSCME’s research capabilities are an important asset for AFSCME members in negotiations, arbitrations and many other areas. Council 73′s staff works in conjunction with our International’s research department to provide wage and benefit comparisons and sample contract language from the International’s computerized data bank of all its contracts nationwide and the International’s labor economists who can provide budget analysis and other useful information for AFSCME negotiators.

Educational programs

AFSCME’s Executive Director works with the Rutgers University Union Leadership Academy and the International Union to develop and run training programs for Council 73 officers and members on subjects such as local leadership development, the role of the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC), duty of fair representation, grievance handling, negotiating skills, and other issues requested by local unions.

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Legislative


AFSCME Council 73 works with our Legislative Consultant and the Public Employee Committee of the New Jersey AFL-CIO to develop an extensive legislative program to safeguard the interests of public and non-profit employees. AFSCME’s Council 73′s Legislative Program, in conjunction with the membership, has been instrumental in winning many key victories for our members over the years.

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Legislative


AFSCME Council 73 works with our Legislative Consultant and the Public Employee Committee of the New Jersey AFL-CIO to develop an extensive legislative program to safeguard the interests of public and non-profit employees. AFSCME’s Council 73′s Legislative Program, in conjunction with the membership, has been instrumental in winning many key victories for our members over the years.

Collective Bargaining

Thanks to AFSCME’s efforts, New Jersey has one of the strongest and most comprehensive public employee collective bargaining law in the country.

Health & Safety Protections

AFSCME’s efforts led to passage of a law giving New Jersey public employees the right to a safe and healthy workplace and the right to know about dangerous workplace substances. 

Political Action

AFSCME Council 73 and its members work hard to elect legislators and executives who recognize their responsibility to the working families of New Jersey, especially those that work in the public sector.