Author Archive: Jim Keady

US & Vietnam Labor Advocates Say Senate Must Vote NO on Fast Track

Jim is running for Assembly in LD30, and runs Educating for Justice, a US-based labor rights organization that focuses on SE Asia. .

When President Obama spoke at Nike’s headquarters in May to promote the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, each of us was shocked given our first-hand knowledge of Nike’s consistently poor treatment of its workers overseas.

In Indonesia, Nike has 168,000 workers who are paid a paltry $212 a month. Here Nike has busted unions, refused to pay even the minimum wage, has verbally and physically threatened workers for exercising their fundament right to freely associate, and they have cheated workers of millions of dollars in overtime pay. Along with the labor rights violations, Nike has also been dumping and burning scrap shoe rubber in Indonesian villages for 25 years – pumping toxins and carcinogens into the air, water, and soil.

In Malaysia, Nike has been found guilty of employing thousands of illegally trafficked workers. These workers had their passports confiscated to prevent them running away to get help or to find a better job. For years, Nike turned a blind eye on this issue until we brought the matter to prime-time TV and forced them to address it.

Jim Keady talks TPP on WBAI

Promoted by Rosi. I’ve also added a bonus video on the jump page, ICYMI – Keady on The Ed Show last week discussing trade issues with Michael Eric Dyson, Rep. Mark Pocan, and Lori Wallach.

Hi friends,

My name is Jim Keady, and I’m running for NJ State Assembly in the 30th Legislative District. You might know me as the guy Chris Christie told to sit down and shut up last fall when I stood up to him and challenged him on the Jersey Shore Sandy recovery funding.

In case you missed this, I was on WBAI radio on June 12th talking about my recent trip to Vietnam and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  If you have 10 minutes, listen to what I learned meeting with labor leaders and organizers in Vietnam about the effects that the TPP would have on workers and the world economy.

If you agree with my position on this issue, I’d ask that you consider making a donation to my campaign for Assembly.  Thank you for your support.

Response to the NJ Supreme Court Ruling on Pensions

In response to NJ Supreme Court ruling on pensions:

For people who do not understand the negotiating challenge with regard to the state pension issue, here is the short of it.

In 2011 Governor Christie asked the public employee unions to come to the bargaining table with the goal of solving the pension issue once and for all. The public workers conceded on a number of negotiating points and moved forward in good faith on every item they were asked to compromise on. In return, the Governor promised to make the payments to get the pension system back on solid footing. He has not made those payments as per the contract he signed into law. He welched on the deal that he cut, then he went out on the campaign trail and demonized teachers for not being willing to come back to the bargaining table. Note that he does not have the courage to speak the same about the State Police, local police, firefighters etc. He only bashes the teachers. He wants all the public employees to come back to the table to renegotiate AGAIN and to give stuff up, AGAIN. The public employees are saying, “With all due respect Governor, no.” Our public employees bargained in good faith and did their part by making their payments. Governor Christie has not. Our public workers are rightfully demanding that the Governor make the payments he promised to make as per the contract he signed. Then and only then will our public workers talk about changing things for a second time

I am certain that reasonable citizens can understand and empathize with the position of our public employees. I do. I stand with them and support them in their fight and I hope their case is heard by the United States Supreme Court and that they win.

Peace, Jim Keady

(the “sit down and shut up” guy)

NJ Assembly Candidate, 30th District