Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, and victory is within our reach for 67 union members running for office as well as dozens of other New Jersey State AFL-CIO-endorsed candidates. Thank you Central Labor Councils, Building Trades Councils, affiliates and volunteers for your hard work on behalf of New Jersey State AFL-CIO-endorsed candidates this election season. Our work is almost – but not quite – finished.
Control of the New Jersey Assembly will be decided on Tuesday, as well as seats on county freeholder boards, mayor’s offices, local councils and school boards. This is your chance to be a voter and make your voice heard.
A decision before next summer in a U.S. Supreme Court case you’ve probably never heard of has the power to significantly reduce employee earnings and compensation well into the future. The wealthy special-interest organizations financing the case have spent great sums to ensure that all workers earn lower pay, receive few if any retirement benefits and see their full-time jobs replaced with part-time work.
Right-wing billionaires like the Koch Brothers have partnered with Tea Party extremists and are reshaping the economy in their favor by making it even harder for working people like teachers, electricians, office workers and firefighters to get and stay ahead economically. This right-wing influence is making it harder every year for workers to join a union and negotiate wages and benefits that enable them to earn a decent living and build a better life.
Working Families Benefit When Labor Candidates Win
Everyone deserves the opportunity to earn a decent living and provide a good life for themselves and their families. But, we see more and more working people struggling to do just that. Wall Street is raking in record profits, but fewer of those dollars are winding up in the wallets of middle-class workers like us.
In just one year, We Are One New Jersey has cemented its place in the community as the provider of no-cost assistance for the tens of thousands of legal permanent residents who live, work and attend school in Hudson County but have not yet completed their journey to U.S. citizenship.
The unequaled success of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s labor candidates’ program shows that there is no limit to the results we can achieve when we all work together as a unified labor movement.
Solidarity among all sectors of labor is why we have attained 817 election victories by union candidates. Solidarity is the reason we have Rep. Donald Norcross, our IBEW 351 brother, representing our interests in Congress. It’s why we have union brothers and sisters looking out for us in the Statehouse, on freeholder and school boards, in mayor’s offices and on town councils throughout New Jersey. And, it’s why a record 67 rank-and-file union members are seeking elected offices this November 3rd.
Our labor-to-labor political program, which is already the most successful program of its kind in the country, is undergoing an exciting new renovation. We invite you to learn about this powerful new tool that promises to make our labor walks easier and more efficient for union volunteers and quicker and more effective for those analyzing the data.
Please take 90 seconds to see the new technology we’re so excited to introduce.
As you can see, we are using cutting-edge smart-phone technology to guide our labor walks into the future. It’s another way that we are harnessing the power of the labor movement by revolutionizing ways to get out the union vote
The United States Supreme Court recently reconvened to begin work on a host of controversial cases, including one that will have significant impact on the future of organized labor: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Although the suit was brought by teachers, the case applies to all public employees.
At a time when corporations and the wealthy are rewriting the rules of the economy in their favor, this case has the potential to knock American families and our entire economy off balance. This case, plain and simple, threatens the fundamental promise of America – that if you work hard and play by the rules, you should be able to provide a decent life for your family.
Our IBEW 351 brother, Rep. Donald Norcross, has achieved so much since New Jersey voters elected him to Congress last year. Today, we celebrate his being named to the House leadership team by House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer.
Rep. Hoyer has named Brother Norcross as assistant whip, a position rarely bestowed on a first-term Congressman.