Non-profit

Working Families Alliance

Location:

NEWARK, NJ

Tax ID:

30-0427821

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $356,910
Expenses: $522,804
Assets: $176,569

Formation:

Circa 2008

Executive Director:

Analilia Majia

The Working Families Alliance is a 501(c)(4) political organization headquartered in Newark, New Jersey and affiliated with the Working Families Organization, a left-wing political organization and offshoot of New York’s labor union-backed Working Families Party. Working Families Alliance is aligned with labor unions like the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME),  the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), as well as left-wing advocacy groups like Sierra Club, Garden State Equality, and BlueWaveNJ.[1]

The Working Families Alliance endorses left-wing political candidates,[2] advocates for left-wing economic and social policies,[3] and has taken a proactive part in the “Resistance” movement opposed to the Trump administration.[4]

Overview of the Organization

The New Jersey Working Families Alliance is a political organization founded in association with New York’s Working Families Party in 2008[5] or 2007.[6] The Working Families Alliance fights for left-wing social, economic, and environmental policy in the Garden State.[7]

The Working Families Alliance calls the New Jersey economy “out of whack,” claiming that all income gains since the Great Recession went to the wealthy.[8] The Working Families Alliance has called for a $15 minimum wage throughout New Jersey, paid sick day laws, higher taxes on the wealthy, an end to certain business tax breaks, expansion of early voting, online and automatic voter registration, and the resignation of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R).[9]

In their most recent platform for the 2017 New Jersey state elections, the Working Families Alliance also called for:[10]

  • Forcing private employers to pay “living wages” and provide greater benefits for employees
  • Expanding the inheritance and property taxes
  • Legalizing marijuana
  • Instituting a carbon tax
  • Decriminalizing certain drug offenses
  • Increasing public funding for abortion providers
  • Allowing transgender people to alter their birth certificates to list a sex contrary to their biology
  • Expanding illegal immigrants’ access to driver’s licenses and financial aid for education
  • Reducing carbon emissions
  • Expanding publicly provided pre-school and full-day kindergarten

The Working Families Alliance successfully pushed to institute a paid sick leave mandate in Plainfield, New Jersey,[11] and gathered 2,200 signatures to do the same in Trenton.[12] The city council later passed the measure by a large margin.[13]

Funding

There is no centralized list of donors to the Working Families Alliance, and the organization does not provide a public account of its funding sources. Recent tax documents reveal that out of the Alliance’s over $968,000 in revenue,[14] $25,911 came from an annual gala,[15] $135,597 were received from membership dues, $37,476 was made from “program service revenue,”[16] and $769,500 was received through other contributions and grants.[17] Reports filed with the U.S. Department of Labor show that labor unions provided $65,705 in revenue to the Alliance in 2016.[18]

People

Analilia Mejia is the executive director of the Working Families Alliance, serving since January 2014.[19] She was previously a political director for SEIU 32BJ and worked for the New Jersey Immigration Policy Network.[20] In April of 2015, Mejia was named a “Champion of Change” by the Obama Administration for her work promoting paid sick leave legislation.[21]

Protests and Controversy

In 2017, The Working Families Alliance seemingly contradicted many of its progressive ideals, endorsing Wall Street billionaire[22] and former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy over the New Jersey state chair for the Bernie Sanders campaign, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) in the Democratic primary for Governor of New Jersey.[23] The Working Families Alliance had endorsed U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) in his run for the Democratic presidential primary against Hillary Clinton.[24]

The Working Families Alliance also joined the Resistance Coalition, a group run by New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) and Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver (D) designed to offer “legislative resistance” to proposals from the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress.[25] This includes “instating Obama-era environmental protections lifted by the Trump administration, minimizing ‘wage theft’ they say Trump’s budget cuts would aggravate, and divesting pension investments from companies that sign up to build Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall.”[26] Other members of the Resistance Coalition include the Communications Workers of America, the New Jersey Amalgamated Transit Union, Blue Wave New Jersey, and the Sierra Club.[27]

Working Families Alliance has led multiple protests of President Donald Trump at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club, including organizing several derisive motorcades featuring anti-Trump slogans.[28][29] One held in mid-August had a sparse attendance of only nine people, according to Facebook.[30]

See Also

Working Families Party

Working Families Organization

References

  1. “New Jersey Working Families Alliance.” Working Families. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://workingfamilies.org/states/new-jersey/. ^
  2. “Working Families Party Announces Endorsement for Bernie Sanders for President.” Working Families. December 8, 2015. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://workingfamilies.org/2015/12/working-families-party-announces-endorsement-for-bernie-sanders-for-president/. ^
  3. New Jersey Working Families Alliance.” Working Families. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://workingfamilies.org/states/new-jersey/. ^
  4. Alfaro, Alyana. “NJ Legislators and Activists Launch Anti-Trump Coalition.” Observer. April 28, 2017. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://observer.com/2017/04/resistance-coalition-nj-trump/. ^
  5. New Jersey Working Families Alliance.” Working Families. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://workingfamilies.org/states/new-jersey/. ^
  6. “New Jersey Working Families Alliance.” Facebook. Accessed August 12, 2017. https://www.facebook.com/pg/njworkingfamilies/about/?ref=page_internal. ^
  7. New Jersey Working Families Alliance.” Working Families. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://workingfamilies.org/states/new-jersey/. ^
  8. New Jersey Working Families Alliance.” Working Families. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://workingfamilies.org/states/new-jersey/. ^
  9. New Jersey Working Families Alliance.” Working Families. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://workingfamilies.org/states/new-jersey/. ^
  10. “NJ Working Families Alliance 2017 Platform.” Working Families. November 12, 2016. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://workingfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/WFAPolicyPlatformNov2016.pdf. ^
  11. “Paid sick days for Plainfield!” Working Families. March 14, 2016. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://workingfamilies.org/2016/03/paid-sick-days-for-plainfield/. ^
  12. Pizzi, Jenna. “Trenton voters will decide on mandatory paid sick leave in November ballot question.” NJ.com. August 26, 2014. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/08/trenton_voters_will_decide_on_mandatory_paid_sick_leave_in_november_ballot_question.html. ^
  13. Gripp, Andrew. “Working Families Party: The Most Influential Third Party in the U.S.” IVN. May 26, 2015. Accessed August 12, 2017. https://ivn.us/2015/05/26/working-families-party-influential-third-party-u-s/. ^
  14. Working Families Alliance, Form 990. 2015. Schedule D, Part XI. http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2015/300/427/2015-300427821-0d8a40a0-9O.pdf. ^
  15. Working Families Alliance, Form 990. 2015. Part VIII. http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2015/300/427/2015-300427821-0d8a40a0-9O.pdf. ^
  16. Working Families Alliance, Form 990. 2015. Part VIII. http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2015/300/427/2015-300427821-0d8a40a0-9O.pdf. ^
  17. Working Families Alliance, Form 990. 2015. Part VIII. http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2015/300/427/2015-300427821-0d8a40a0-9O.pdf. ^
  18. Author’s analysis of data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Labor-Management Standards, from Annual Report of Labor Organization forms filed by these unions in 2016. ^
  19. Giambusso, David. “Working Families Alliance gains momentum in New Jersey.” NJ.com. January 19, 2014. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/01/working_families_alliance_gains_momentum_in_new_jersey.html. ^
  20. Alfaro, Alyana. “Why Labor? Working Families Director Discusses Family and the Future of NJ.” Observer. October 8, 2015. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://observer.com/2015/10/why-labor-working-families-director-discusses-family-and-the-future-of-nj/. ^
  21. Alfaro, Alyana. “Why Labor? Working Families Director Discusses Family and the Future of NJ.” Observer. October 8, 2015. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://observer.com/2015/10/why-labor-working-families-director-discusses-family-and-the-future-of-nj/. ^
  22. “Working Families Alliance endorsed Wall Street Billionaire.” NJToday.net. March 15, 2017. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://njtoday.net/2017/03/15/working-families-alliance-endorsed-wall-street-billionaire/, ^
  23. Alfaro, Alyana. “NJ Working Families Endorses Murphy in Governor’s Race.” Observer. March 15, 2017. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://observer.com/2017/03/nj-working-families-alliance-phil-murphy-new-jersey-governor-endorsement/. ^
  24. Alfaro, Alyana. “NJ Working Families Endorses Murphy in Governor’s Race.” Observer. March 15, 2017. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://observer.com/2017/03/nj-working-families-alliance-phil-murphy-new-jersey-governor-endorsement/. ^
  25. Alfaro, Alyana. “NJ Legislators and Activists Launch Anti-Trump Coalition.” Observer. April 28, 2017. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://observer.com/2017/04/resistance-coalition-nj-trump/. ^
  26. Alfaro, Alyana. “NJ Legislators and Activists Launch Anti-Trump Coalition.” Observer. April 28, 2017. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://observer.com/2017/04/resistance-coalition-nj-trump/. ^
  27. Alfaro, Alyana. “NJ Legislators and Activists Launch Anti-Trump Coalition.” Observer. April 28, 2017. Accessed August 12, 2017. http://observer.com/2017/04/resistance-coalition-nj-trump/. ^
  28. Wagner, John. “’Spend Your Free Time In A Red State’: A Motorcade of protestors rolls by Trump’s N.J. property.” The Washington Post. May 6, 2017. Accessed August 12, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/06/spend-your-free-time-in-a-red-state-a-motorcade-of-protesters-rolls-by-trumps-n-j-property/?utm_term=.a07d801d889e. ^
  29. “The People’s Motorcade.” Facebook. August 12, 2017. Accessed August 12, 2017. https://www.facebook.com/events/1957003944558665/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22page%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22page_upcoming_events_card%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D. ^
  30. “The People’s Motorcade.” Facebook. August 12, 2017. Accessed August 12, 2017. https://www.facebook.com/events/1957003944558665/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22page%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22page_upcoming_events_card%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D. ^

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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: February 1, 2008

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2016 Dec Form 990 $356,910 $522,804 $176,569 $16,637 N $320,990 $34,494 $84 $100,600
    2015 Dec Form 990 $968,667 $880,774 $498,407 $172,581 N $905,097 $37,476 $183 $88,001 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $595,671 $776,612 $530,876 $292,943 N $540,383 $24,106 $412 $83,663 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $483,667 $282,700 $452,176 $33,302 N $482,835 $0 $832 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $504,423 $370,534 $475,848 $257,941 N $479,984 $1,420 $515 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $270,516 $295,565 $95,161 $11,143 N $253,154 $10,100 $152 $0 PDF

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    Working Families Alliance

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    NEWARK, NJ 07102-3730