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.
The GOP-Trump budget would be a nightmare for the country, ballooning the deficit, and giving tax cuts to businesses with billions of dollars stashed offshore, but for New Jersey the plan to eliminate the property tax deduction is catastrophic.
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.
We talk about the issues that are important to us all the time – prevailing wages, collective bargaining rights, public education, fair trade, quality health care, and investment in our state’s infrastructure, just to name a few. And when we join together for labor walks every Saturday, we aren’t just talking, we are walking towards achieving these goals.