871 Victories for NJ AFL-CIO Labor Candidates


The New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program has extended its recent streak of victories with the re-election of union sister Elizabeth Gray to the Garfield Board of Education.

The AFTNJ vice president first won election to the board three years ago after successfully completing the NJ AFL-CIO’s Labor Candidates School.

A former president of AFT Local 3977, Garfield Federation of Teachers, Gray was the highest vote-getter in the April 19 school board election. She had been endorsed by the Bergen County Central Labor Council.


Gray’s re-election marks the 871st labor candidate victory for the state federation’s Labor Candidates Program. Earlier this month, union sister Lolita Slater, vice president of CWA 1080, was selected to fill a seat on the Linden Board of Education, marking the program’s 870th election victory.

More than 140 labor elected officials are currently serving in New Jersey, due to the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s incredibly successful program. These victories would not have been possible without the continuous and generous support of our affiliates, Central Labor Councils and Building Trades Councils.

We thank you all for supporting our Labor Candidates Program, and we are especially indebted to our labor candidates, whose dedication to public service help make our state better for all working families.

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