Robert C. Sweeney, Lifelong Trade Unionist and Champion of Labor

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Robert C. Sweeney, former President & Business Manager of Iron Workers 399 and the father of Senate President Stephen Sweeney and New Jersey State AFL-CIO Vice President Richard Sweeney.

Robert Sweeney served as the President & Business Manager of Local 399 for 25 years, retiring on December 1, 2012. Both Steve and Richard have carried on their father’s legacy and leadership within the local serving as Financial Secretary-Treasurer and President & Business Manager, respectively.

As a lifelong trade unionist, Robert Sweeney embodied the values that we work every day to uphold, and our entire labor family mourns his passing. His dedication as a trade unionist instilled in his children the values that continue to strengthen our entire labor movement, ensuring that his memory lives on.

For those wishing to pay their respects, visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 13th from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Christ Our Light Church, 402 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill. At the request of the family, all remaining services and final disposition will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations in Robert’s name to Samaritan Hospice: 5 Eves Drive #300, Marlton, NJ 08053. For additional information and online condolences please visit

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