Labor 2021 Volunteer Opportunities

November 2, 2021, is Election Day, but voting actually began on September 18, when 750,000 voters and 100,000 union members started receiving their ballots in the mail.

Labor Walks

Volunteers are needed to conduct member-to-member contactless labor walks across New Jersey. This year, voters will elect our Governor, Lieutenant Governor, all 120 members of the New Jersey Legislature, and 62 labor candidates.

Every affiliated union is encouraged to provide volunteers between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturdays through the Central Labor Councils on the dates listed below. Please contact the CLC President or Labor 2021 Coordinator with any questions.

And CLICK HERE to learn about MiniVAN, the smartphone app that makes labor walks fun and easy.

Virtual Phone Banks

Virtual phone banking is one way labor can harness the power of individualized member-to-member volunteer phone calls while staying safe and comfortable at home. Volunteers join together in solidarity on Zoom to make the phone calls. Scripts, training and technical support are provided throughout each event. CLC phone banks are scheduled between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Election Day on the dates listed below. Please contact the CLC Presidents listed to volunteer.

Working together, we will win together!


As of September 18, Vote-by-Mail ballots are being sent to voters who requested them

Vote in person at your county’s early-voting sites

Vote in person or drop off your mail-in ballot

About COPE

Every year, the affiliated unions of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO vote on which election candidates to endorse based on their voting records and stances on working family issues. Our state federation has a proud history of endorsing both Democratic and Republican candidates who support working families and the core values of the Labor Movement.

Working in partnership with the AFL-CIO Political Department, New Jersey’s Central Labor Councils, Building Trades Councils and affiliated local unions, our COPE program coordinates a statewide effort to educate union members about our endorsements and the benefits of voting for candidates who will put working families first.

COPE also manages the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates Program. Launched in 1997, the Labor Candidates Program recruits, trains and mentors union members running for public office. To date, the program has guided 1,138 election victories for union members. Our Labor Candidates hold offices at nearly every level of federal, state, county and local government — from the House of Representatives to the state Senate and Assembly to County Commissioner, Town Council and School Board.