New Jersey State AFL-CIO Commemorates Five-Year Anniversary of Pope Francis with Faith, Labor Leaders

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – In recognition of the long-term partnership between labor and faith institutions, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to join in sponsoring a panel discussion featuring Archbishop of Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka that took place this evening at Seton Hall University to discuss and reflect on the five year anniversary of Pope Francis.

“Our labor movement depends on having faith in one another, and there is much that religion can teach us about coming together in common purpose and mutual respect,” stated New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “The history of our labor movement is closely intertwined with the values of faith, and thanks to the leadership of Pope Francis, Cardinal Tobin, and the New Jersey religious community that bond is as strong as ever.”

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its 1,000 affiliated local unions represent more than one million union members and their families, working collectively to promote middle class values at the workplace, in our communities, and through the democratic process.


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