New Jersey State AFL-CIO Leads the Way into Labor 2016 with Smartphone Assisted Labor Walks


This election cycle will be unlike any other in recent memory for several reasons. First, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO is propelling state labor walks into the future, using a smartphone app called MiniVAN. This app does away with the paper walk packets of old, replacing them with a smartphone-based map that volunteers can use to conduct their labor walks. We thank the 112 union volunteers who took part in today’s labor walks and look forward to your ongoing support to implement this new system.

CLICK HERE for pictures.

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Register to Vote Before the Deadline: October 18, 2016


Election Day is closer than you think; we will soon head to the polls – that is of course if you are registered to vote. If you are not registered already, you must do so before the deadline of Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

Check your voter registration status HERE or complete your voter registration form HERE.

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Neptune Township Committee Appointment Marks 875th Labor Candidate Victory

Congratulations to Brother Robert Lane, IUPAT 711, who was recently selected to fill an unexpired term on the Neptune Township Committee. His appointment marks the 875th victory of the labor candidates program in its 19 year history.

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20th Annual Labor Candidates School Marks Milestone with Class of 22 Union Members Seeking Public Office


The New Jersey State AFL-CIO conducted an experiment in 1997 called the Labor Candidates School that sought to train union members on the ins and outs of campaigning for public office. The results that were achieved over the next 19 years were far beyond anyone’s expectations.

CLICK HERE to see photos from the 20th Annual Labor Candidates School.

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO Announces 2016 Endorsements


More than 600 delegates, representing 1,000 labor unions and one million members and their families, convened at Harrah’s Atlantic City on June 21-22, 2016, for the purpose of officer elections, candidate endorsements and outlining the priorities of the state labor movement. On Tuesday, delegates voted unanimously to reelect President Charles Wowkanech, Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan and all members of the Executive Board.

“The work of this convention is an integral part of our organization’s ongoing success and ensures that working families will continue to have a leading voice on the job and at all levels of government,” stated President Charles Wowkanech. “The bipartisan slate of candidates, unanimously approved by the delegates, all possess the leadership, expertise and values needed to uplift and empower our state’s working families during these challenging economic times.”

CLICK HERE for complete list of endorsement decisions.

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NJ AFL-CIO Conducts Paperless Labor Walk for Mercer Freeholder Candidate


More than 100 volunteers representing 16 local unions conducted a 100 percent paperless labor walk on Saturday morning, June 4.

The walk brought out all sectors of the labor movement, who showed their support for union brother Anthony Verrelli, a member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 254, who is running for Mercer County Freeholder. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) organized the walk in partnership with the Mercer County Central Labor Council.

Brother Verrelli’s Primary Election is tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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NJ AFL-CIO Announces First Completely Paperless Labor Walk

Not that long ago, it seemed unrealistic to think that labor walks could be completed 100 percent electronically. But, on Saturday, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) achieved that goal when the Mercer County Central Labor Council completed a walk without a single paper packet being distributed!

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At 874, Labor Candidate Victories Continue to Mount

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates program is one-of-a-kind, helping to achieve labor representation across every level of New Jersey government since 1997. With each additional victory, working families secure a stronger voice in our democratic process.

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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.

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NJ AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program Records 869th Election Victory


The New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s Labor Candidates Program has reached its 869th election victory with the selection of union sister Dahlia Vertreese of IUOE 68 to the Hillside Board of Education.

Vertreese is a graduate of the 2015 Labor Candidates School who attended the program to learn more about holding elected office.

She is the fourth New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidate to take the oath of office in the past few weeks and is one of more than 140 union members currently serving on governing bodies from U.S. Congress to local Fire Commission.

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