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When Union Members Run, Working Families Win!

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE) ensures that the voice of New Jersey’s working families is heard in the political arena. Our WORKER/VOTER program sponsors worksite voter registration for union members throughout the year. When elections approach we organize “LABOR WALKS” in which thousands of union member volunteers walk the state’s election precincts and join with local union affiliates at their workplaces, informing our union sisters and brothers about candidates’ positions on working family issues. And on Election Day we mobilize thousands of volunteers to Get-Out-The-Vote.
No one can represent working families and their unions better than working people themselves. That’s why the New Jersey State AFL-CIO sponsors an ongoing program to recruit, train, mentor, and support union sisters and brothers running for elected office. Through the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School, union members gain the skills they need to succeed in the political arena. New Jersey voters have elected union members to public office 778 times since 1997! These working men and women have a proven track record of placing the interests of working families first.
Now, for the first time in New Jersey history, union members serve in powerful leadership positions of both houses of the New Jersey State Legislature. Senator Steve Sweeney (Ironworkers 399) is the Senate President, Assemblyman Joe Egan (IBEW 456) is a Deputy Majority Leader and the Chairman of the Labor Committee, Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (IUOE 68) is a Deputy Majority Leader and the Vice Chairman of the Regulated Professions Committee, Assemblyman Nelson Albano (UFCW 152) is the Vice Chairman of both the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the Law and Public Safety Committee, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (AFTRA) is the Vice Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee, Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (IBEW 269) is the Vice Chairman of the Telecommunications and Utilities Committee, and Assemblyman John Amodeo (IUOE 825) serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee. As a result of labor’s successful program to recruit, train, mentor, and support union members' election campaign efforts, labor’s success in the legislative arena has grown substantially and many statewide pro-worker policies and laws have been implemented including:
Since 1997, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program enjoys a 76% win rate electing rank-and-file union members to public office for a total of 778 election victories so far! Union members are democrats and republicans, that's why we encourage and support union members to run through both major political parties. Currently union members serve New Jersey's working families as County Freeholders and Mayors, on town Councils and Committees, on School Boards, and as fire commissioners. As a direct result of this program:
To learn more about the Labor Candidates Program or to enroll in the Labor Candidates School please contact John Shea, COPE Director at cope@njaflcio.org or fax the completed Labor Candidates Survey to (609) 989-8734. Take advantage of the many resources available to support your election campaign! When union members run, working families win!!!