More than 700 delegates, representing 1,000 labor unions and one million members and their families, convened at Harrah's Atlantic City on June 12-13, 2018, for the purpose of candidate endorsements and reaffirming the priorities of the state labor movement. ¬†
A complete list of candidate endorsements is HERE.
"After last year's banner victory for working families, the labor movement will once again mobilize to secure across-the-board victories for pro-worker candidates at all levels of our state's government," said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. "Labor's voice ensures that New Jersey remains a leader in terms of workplace justice, and together, we will continue to build our economy through job creation, fair wages, and our middle class values of equal opportunity and socioeconomic mobility."
"This year's endorsed candidates from U.S. Senate to the municipal level have the experience and dedication necessary to grow our communities prioritizing education, health care, jobs, infrastructure and investment in our future," added Wowkanech. "The labor movement looks forward to the progress that we will continue to achieve together in these areas after a victory in November."
Conference speakers included Governor Phil Murphy; Congressman Donald Norcross (D-1); Congressman Chris Smith (R-4); State Senator Jeff Van Drew (LD-1); Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin; Congressional candidates Andy Kim (CD-3), Tom Malinowski (CD-7), and Mikie Sherrill (CD-11); and rank-and-file union members who hold public office and discussed the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO 25th Annual Labor Awards Reception held on Tuesday evening, June 12th, honored outstanding leaders in government, business and labor, reinforcing the need for all New Jersey stakeholders to come together based on our shared values. This year's honorees were Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Trenton Printing President David Nugent, and IBEW International Representative and Monmouth/Ocean County CLC President Wyatt Earp.