The pandemic has led many of us to take stock of our lives and our goals. For AFSCME New Jersey member LaTrenda Ross, the pandemic ignited a long-held dream—starting her own life coaching business.

“I was thinking about revamping my whole entire life,” recalls Ross, a member of Local 2306. “I was looking out for things I want to do, things I haven’t been going after.”

More Americans approve of labor unions today than at any time since 1965, according to annual Gallup poll results released around each Labor Day.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents – 68% – approved of labor unions. That means a clear majority of voters views labor unions favorably. Among adults 18-34 years of age, 77% approve of unions. Support is also high among those with annual household incomes under $40,000.

Are you renting & in need of assistance due to COVID-19? Depending on where you live, you may qualify for rental & utility payment assistance. Learn about the requirements depending on your location and how to apply at

For families who need some help purchasing school supplies, American Income Life Insurance is here to help. AIL/OPEIU 277 will collect and donate school supplies to families in need. For more information, call Christa Davis at (281) 386-9552 or [email protected]

When former President Barack Obama established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, he gave more than 800,000 people, brought to the United States as children, a way to avoid deportation and apply for driver’s licenses, work permits, and social security numbers.

This may not seem like much to most American Citizens, but for DREAMers, such as AFSCME Local 127 member Joaquin Corella, this means finally getting a fair chance at obtaining a good job with the possibility of advancement.

Congratulations to Timothy Douglas for being elected Vice President and Rocky Rios for being elected Executive Board Member of Local 127! They were recently sworn in at the Local 127 office.

Congrats again and we look forward to the amazing work you will do.