Labor Is In the House! Unions in New Jersey Make History

Union Brother Donald Norcross Becomes First Labor Candidate Elected to Congress; Bonnie Watson Coleman Is NJ’s First African-American Woman Representative


Tonight the New Jersey labor movement made history by electing our union brother Donald Norcross, IBEW Local 351, to the U.S. Congress. This would not have been possible without thousands of union members who volunteered each week leading up to the election. We also congratulate Sen. Cory Booker on his election to a full term in the U.S. Senate, and applaud the election of 31 labor candidates, bringing the total to 814 election victories through our Labor Candidates Program. The win ratio was 82% with four races too close to call.

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New Jersey’s labor movement was strong and united throughout the campaign season, securing important victories at every level of government. The Central Labor Councils, Building Trades Councils, our affiliates and thousands of volunteers made our Labor 2014 program the most successful in the country. A total of 291,725 union members’ homes were visited this election cycle. Without your help assembling labor packets, staffing phone banks and participating in labor walks, such success would not have been possible. A strong labor movement gives us the power to elect the right people to represent us! Working together in solidarity, our members made the difference.

We commend Roy Cho, Aimee Belgard and Janice Kovach for championing New Jersey’s working families and upholding middle-class values, though they did not prevail. We congratulate the returning members of Congress on their victories, and look forward to seeing many newly elected union members take the oath of office and continue moving our state forward. Thanks for your tireless efforts in making these historic victories possible.

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