The New Jersey State AFL-CIO runs the most successful Labor Candidates Program in the country. Since its inception, 968 union members have been elected to offices as diverse as U.S. Congress, state Senate and Assembly, on County Freeholder Boards, in our towns as Mayors, Aldermen, Committee and Council Members, Fire Commissioners and on School Boards across the state. These victories have made life better for all working people in New Jersey by advancing pro-worker causes at every level of government.
Our union Sister Dahlia Vertreese of IUOE 68 is running for Hillside Mayor and needs your support to win. There has been a strong showing from a couple of unions, but we need to engage the full strength of our labor movement and rally behind our sister as we did for our endorsed candidates in November.
Labor won big this year, and the news just got better. After a tight race for Florence Township Council, our brother from LIUNA 172, Frank Baldorossi, Jr., prevailed. The final vote tally was 645 to 624, a difference of only 21 votes. We also congratulate IBEW 351 Brother Steve Light, who was elected to serve as a member of Absecon Council and our brother from IBEW 3, Michael Soriano, who secured a major victory in his race for Parsippany mayor.
Labor Candidates Notch 962nd Win
In addition to securing a victory in the gubernatorial election, the labor movement was also successful in expanding pro-worker majorities in the New Jersey State Legislature, an achievement that separates New Jersey from the rest of the nation, and will ensure that organized labor shapes the future policies of our state.
The results of New Jersey’s critical gubernatorial election are in, and the election of Phil Murphy as Governor and Sheila Oliver as Lieutenant Governor, speaks to the unmatched mobilization efforts of organized labor and the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s political program that is unparalleled by any other in our state or nation.
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Plain and simple: your vote matters. With 60 rank-and-file union members on the ballot, the New Jersey governor’s race, and 120 state legislative races, our state labor movement has the power to chart the path forward for the rest of the nation.
Join with us and national AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler on Election Day Tuesday, November 7, 2017, for a massive GOTV operation at our CLCs all across the state. CLICK HERE for a list of staging locations nearest you. Additionally, our endorsed candidates are scheduled to be at the following CLCs (please note that Ambassador Murphy's visit to the Middlesex/Somerset CLC will now be at 3:00 p.m.):
In three short days, organized labor will finish the job it started and vote to put Phil Murphy, Sheila Oliver, and all of our endorsed candidates over the top. Make no mistake, we would not be at this point if not for the months of hard work put forth by thousands of union volunteers all across this state. Between our affiliates, CLCs, BTCs, and national brothers and sisters, the resources dedicated to this campaign demonstrate the labor movement’s commitment to pro-worker policies that move our state forward.
Murphy may be leading in the polls, but that simply doesn’t matter if we don’t knock on every door we can, call through our phone lists, and get out to vote on Election Day. With only 10 days left to go, we cannot let up now.
As we approach the election final stretch, we need to make sure our voices are heard loud and clear. A great time to do this is when the candidates themselves join for our labor walks. That will be the case this Saturday, October 28, 2017, in Edison, NJ where we will welcome labor’s endorsed slate of candidates from Legislative District 19, State Senator Joe Vitale, Assemblyman Craig Coughlin, and Yvonne Lopez.