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Labor Fights for What's Right

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While it’s difficult to put into words, all the emotions being felt by Americans at this moment, we are extremely proud of the efforts put forth by our union brothers and sisters across our state and nation to champion working family values. We are fortunate to work with each and every one of you, and we look forward to emerging from this election stronger and more united than ever before. No matter who is in the White House, labor’s mission remains the same: to uplift all working families and ensure that each successive generation is afforded opportunities greater than those of the previous generation.

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ELECTION DAY: Vote to Make History!

Polls Open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Election Day is finally here, and we are counting on you now, more than ever, to join for one final push to get voters to the polls in support of Hillary Clinton for president as well as all endorsed candidates, including 51 rank-and-file union members who will be on the ballot. All the work we have done up to this point – making phone calls and knocking on doors – depends on the effort we put forth today.

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CD 5 Upset Would be a Major Win for Workers

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Polling shows that New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District is one of the most fiercely contested races in the nation. This gives workers a golden opportunity to unseat entrenched seven-term incumbent Scott Garrett, whose lifetime record on workers’ issues is a whopping zero percent.

Scott Garrett is a Tea Party extremist who isn’t just anti worker; he has spent his time in Congress voting against women’s rights, veterans, first responders, civil rights, modernizing New Jersey’s infrastructure, and job creation. You read that right. Garrett, has cast votes in opposition to all of these issues and more. CLICK HERE to see his record for yourself.

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Upcoming Presidential and VP Debate Streams

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO Young Workers Program is prepared to live stream the remaining three presidential and vice presidential debates. Each debate will be aired from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

Vice Presidential Debate:

Tuesday, October 4th

Presidential Town Hall Debate:

Sunday, October 9th

Final Presidential Debate:

Wednesday, October 19t

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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