ATLANTIC CITY – Delegates representing 1,000 labor unions and the one million union members of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, voted unanimously to re-elect President Charles Wowkanech and Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan to their fourth four-year term, and unanimously re-elected all members of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Executive Board.
Tom Giblin, Business Manager of IUOE Local 68 – President Wowkanech’s home local – said, “Despite these challenging times in our state, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO continues to make a positive difference in the lives of working families by advancing progressive legislation and standing up for economic and social justice. The Wowkanech/Brennan team continues to lead by example, working tirelessly on behalf of our state’s working men and women; I am proud to participate in the nomination of these two extraordinary leaders in our state labor movement.”
Joyce Alston, President of Bakery Workers Local 53 said, “Since first being elected to office in 1997, the Wowkanech/Brennan team promised to build a diverse labor movement and represent all union sectors equally. They have gone above and beyond in this regard. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO has grown to be one of the most diverse labor organizations in the nation – in its leadership and members – and continues to be a strong champion of unity across all sectors of the labor movement.”
Wowkanech said, “I am privileged and honored to continue serving as President of the one-million-member New Jersey State AFL-CIO. Working together, we have made great progress and we will continue to build a movement for the next generation of workers. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is more united and more determined than ever in its resolve to uplift New Jersey’s working families and advance a progressive agenda in our state.”
Brennan said, “I am proud to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, and as a strong and united labor movement we will continue to grow and rise to the occasion of solving our state’s greatest challenges. Today we also celebrate 50 years since the merger of the AFL and CIO in New Jersey. What was true 50 years ago is true today: our strength comes from our unity and our solidarity is what drives us forward.”