New Jersey State AFL-CIO Statement on the Passing of Working Families Champion and Senator Frank Lautenberg

On behalf of the more than one-million-member New Jersey State AFL-CIO, we express our deep sadness at the passing of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg.

New Jersey has lost a giant today.  For twenty-nine years, Frank Lautenberg was a true friend, steadfast supporter, and tireless advocate for the working men and women of our state. Senator Lautenberg understood the struggles facing working families and fought tirelessly to uplift the middle class. To hear Senator Lautenberg speak, one would immediately appreciate his unique spirit, energy, and unwavering commitment to working men and women.

New Jersey, and this nation, is better for the legacy Senator Lautenberg leaves.  Whether it was supporting workers’ rights to organize, implementing family and medical leave, increasing the federal minimum wage, protecting workers from discrimination, or fighting for equal pay for equal work, Frank Lautenberg was a consistent champion for all working families.

Senator Lautenberg was a gentleman, the last remaining World War II veteran in the U.S. Senate, and brought integrity to our political process.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, his friends, and all those who mourn his loss.


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