New Jersey State AFL-CIO Holds Convention, Announces Endorsements

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ATLANTIC CITY – Nearly 700 delegates, representing 1,000 labor unions and the one-million union members of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, convened at Bally’s Atlantic City on June 12 and 13, for the purpose of officer elections and political endorsements. Convention delegates voted unanimously to re-elect President Charles Wowkanech, Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan, and all members of the Executive Board.

The keynote address was delivered by national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who shared a vision of creating good jobs, safeguarding collective bargaining rights, and fighting for policies that benefit the 99% of our country. UA Secretary Treasurer Mark McManus and New Jersey Democratic State Chairman John Wisniewski were among those who spoke at the Convention.

Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc., board members Ludi Hughes, Jerome Harris, and Dr. Nuran Nabi, outlined the importance of community partnerships to advancing a pro-working families agenda in our state and discussed the continued mission of this statewide grassroots coalition, which includes voter registration and education as well as mobilization around the issues concerning New Jersey’s middle class.

Convention delegates also commemorated the 50 year anniversary of the New Jersey AFL and CIO merger, which took place on September, 25, 1961. The event was punctuated by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to be placed in the Rutgers University Labor Education Center and a presentation on the history of the state labor movement delivered by Dr. Mike Merrill, Dean, Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. Center for Labor Studies, SUNY Empire State College.

A complete list of candidate endorsements is below:

President of the United States of America
Barack Obama

Vice President of the United States of America
Joseph Biden

United States Senate
Robert Menendez (D)*

United States House of Representatives
District 1
Robert Andrews (D)*

District 2
Frank LoBiondo (R)*

District 3

District 4
Christopher Smith (R)*

District 5

District 6
Frank Pallone, Jr. (D)*

District 7

District 8
Albio Sires (D)*

District 9
Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D)*

District 10
Donald Payne, Jr. (D)

District 11
John Arvanities (D)

District 12
Rush Holt (D)*

State Assembly Special Elections
Assembly District 4
Gabriela Mosquera (D)*

Assembly District 16
Marie Corfield (D)

Assembly District 26

2012 Labor Candidates
Pete Castelanno AFM 601-708, IAM / NFFE 1340 Egg Harbor Twp. Board of Ed.
Denise Contrino* AFSCME 1761 East Brunswick Council
Joe McSorley BAC 2 Upper Twp. Committee
Michele Liebtag* CWA 1036 Frenchtown Boro Council
Shawn Ludwig* CWA 1038 Barrington Council
Teresa Kelly* CWA 1039 Buena Vista Committee
David Mazur CWA 1040 Vineland Mayor
Harold Pye* CWA 1085 Woodbury Heights Council
Jay Brophy* IBB 28 Gloucester City Council
Joe Lukac IBEW 102 Manville Board of Ed.
Chris Barranco IBEW 102 Pompton Lakes Council
Alvin Barr* IBEW 164 Clark Council
Jason Jones IBEW 269 Mount Holly Council
Robert Riley IBEW 269 Hamilton Twp. School Board
Thomas Gregg* IBEW 351 Mantua Board of Ed.
Neil Anderson* IBEW 351 Egg Harbor Twp. Board of Ed.
David Wigglesworth IBEW 351 Hamilton Committee
Joe Chila* IBEW 351 Gloucester County Freeholder
Duane Pheasant* IBEW 351 Woodbury Heights Council
Anthony Zeno IBEW 456 Eastampton Council
Christopher Fleischer IBEW 827 Clifton Council
Shawn Judson IBEW 1289 Lacey Committee
Robert Gillman* IBT 11 Bergenfield Council
Frank Phillips IBT 331 Absecon Council
Lewis Brown IBT 676 Mount Holly Council
Charles Hamilton* IFPTE 200 Waterford Committee
Nelson Thompson IUPAT 711 Vineland Council
Al Becker* SMWIA 27 Somers Point Board of Ed.
Ronald Rios* TCU-IAM Middlesex Freeholder
Jeffrey Marolda UA 322 Buena Borough Council
John Carmen* UBC 255 Egg Harbor Twp. Committee
Claire Volpe* UFCW 1360 Maple Shade Council
Robert Damminger* USW 8-991 Gloucester County Freeholder
John Hall* USW 943 Woodstown Council


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