Election Victories Mount for NJ AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program


The New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s Labor Candidates Program has reached a monumental 868 victories with the selection of union brother David Gonzalez to fill an open seat on the Fairfield Township Council in Cumberland County.

Gonzalez, of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3975, is the third union brother and Labor Candidate School participant to be offered a seat on an elected government body in the past few weeks.

Tony Ciasca of IBEW 94 was elected last month for a seat on the Burlington Township Board of Fire Commissioners, and last week, Barry Kushnir of International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 194 was selected to fill a seat on the Bayonne Board of Education.

“We’re extremely proud of our Labor Candidates Program,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “Each new victory reminds our allies that our program is top-notch and results-driven. No one can match our record of labor election success.”

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s Labor Candidates Program has achieved election victories to offices at all levels of government, starting with U.S. Congress. More than 140 union members currently hold elected office.

The Labor Candidates Program gives union brothers and sisters the tools, resources and support they need to run successful campaigns. These victories have a positive impact on all union households because labor elected officials understand our unique struggles and work hard to enact progressive policies and laws that benefit working families.

Thank you to everyone who helps make these victories possible!

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