PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By Jennifer Sciortino | December 17th, 2012 - 3:53pm
| More

Assembly Democrats News Release

Singleton, Giblin, Benson & Quijano ‘Helmets to Hardhats’ Bill Establishing Pilot Program Gets Final Legislative Approval

Would Help Connect Former Military Personnel with Construction Jobs; Pilot Program Limits Scope to Turnpike Authority Highway Projects

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Thomas Giblin, Daniel Benson and Annette Quijano that would help out-of-work former military personnel find jobs in the construction industry was granted final legislative approval 76-0 by the Assembly on Monday.

"Young men and women are going to war, serving their country, and coming home to a civilian life without a job," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "With post-9/11 veteran unemployment numbers still hovering near 10 percent, we owe these fine men and women more than just a handshake and a welcome home, we owe them an opportunity to gain employment."

According to the federal Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the total number of unemployed veterans continued to decline in September, post Gulf War II veterans - the men and women returning from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan - are facing an unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, well above the national average.

"Making a successful transition from military life back into the civilian workforce can be difficult in the best of economic times," said Giblin (D-Essex), a former Air National Guard member. "For the current crop of vets, coming home to 10 percent unemployment may seem daunting or overwhelming, especially if it seems like meaningful help is unavailable."

The measure (A-2014) would require the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to establish a "Helmets to Hardhats" pilot program, which would help New Jersey military personnel and veterans acquire highway construction jobs.

Under the bill, the Turnpike Authority would be required to guarantee that at least five percent and not more than 20 percent of the projected labor hours on any highway project are awarded to contractors who would be required to employ workers from an apprenticeable trade participating in the pilot program, as certified by the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council. It also would require that these workers be paid the prevailing wage during their employment.

"Returning vets - many of whom have acquired specialized, transferable skills during their military service - aren't looking for a handout or a free ride," said Benson (D-Mercer). "At the end of the day, they're just looking for honest work and a livable wage. And this bill presents an opportunity to give them both, as a way of saying thank you for their service."

"Our veterans have endured their share of challenges; trying to find a job should not be one of them," said Quijano (D-Union). "We owe it to them to make the employment process as simple and straightforward as possible, so that they can comfortably transition to the next chapter in their lives."

The pilot program would run for 18 months, during which the Turnpike Authority would evaluate: what impact, if any, the program has on providing former military personnel with jobs; and what impact the program would have on the cost of highway construction projects.

Six months after the end of the pilot program's run, the Turnpike Authority would be required to submit their findings in reports to both the governor and the Legislature.

The measure now heads to the Governor's desk.

On the Net:
The Assembly Democratic Office Web site
NJ Assembly Dems on YouTube
NJ Assembly Dems on Vimeo
NJ Assembly Dems on Facebook
NJ Assembly Dems on Twitter
NJ Assembly Dems e-mail alerts

Contact Info: 

Jennifer Sciortino
NJ Assembly Majority Office
(P) 609-847-3500

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 29th

Winners and Losers: Week of September 22nd WINNERS Tom MacArthur In arguably the most competitive contest of the season, the CD3 Republican candidate forced Comcast to take down an inaccurate Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) television advertisement – the second of three forced off the air. "Our attorney was...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

Contributors

In tribute to John Sheridan, a good and great man     I first learned late last night from television news that John P. Sheridan, Jr. and his wife, Joyce had... more »
(9-24-14) The Founding Fathers and the Militarization of the Police - No matter what the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decides, the debate over the militarization of... more »
(Trenton, NJ) --  On September 23, 2015 I shall dig this up and eat whatever crow I've got coming, but in the meantime only a listicle... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"After not responding to messages all week seeking an interview about the campaign, Garrett’s spokeswoman said on Friday afternoon that she would try to set one up, but did not respond further. Garrett has not released any announcements of where he would be campaigning, though he has posted pictures on social media on Sept. 8 from the Greenwood Lake Air Show in West Milford and on Sept. 14 from the Hackettstown Street Fair. Garrett has not agreed to any debates so far." - columnist Herb Jackson

- The Bergen Record

Poll

Who won that CD3 NJTV debate?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources