August 13, 2012
16th Annual Labor Candidates School Brings Together Diverse Class of Rank-and-File Union Members Running for Political Office
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO 16th Annual Labor Candidates School took place at the same time as the Workers Stand for America Rally, on August 11, 2012. So while there were tens of thousands of union and community supporters joined in Philadelphia to stand up for the voices of working men and women and economic opportunity for all, there were also 22 labor candidates doing their part by learning about how to win their election in November so they can stand up for workers in their local governments.
The Labor Candidates School was held from August 11-12, 2012, and continues our organization’s long tradition of preparing and educating rank-and-file union members to run for elected office. The 22 students, represented 18 different local unions and a complete range of our state’s labor movement.
The program ensures that candidates are committed to achieving progressive policy change and representing the social and economic interests of our middle class. The class provides labor candidates with invaluable information to run an effective campaign and optimize their campaign resources. Students received professional instruction in subjects such as volunteer recruitment, fundraising, campaign planning, message development, and media relations.
We were proud to once again host this program at the union staffed Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center. To date, this one-of-a-kind program has helped to achieve a total of 692 labor candidate election victories.
We look forward to working with the candidates who will be on the ballot this November and continuing the success of this nationally acclaimed program.
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