Two labor legislators in New Jersey have shepherded a package of “Buy American” bills through the state legislature. The bills were approved by the state Assembly during the final voting session of 2014. The state Senate passed the jobs-creation package in June.
Dan O’Connell, New Jersey State AFL-CIO Executive Board member, has been declared the winner in his race for Delran Council. The race took eight days to decide. He won by 15 votes after mail-in and provisional ballots were counted. O’Connell is the 32nd New Jersey labor candidate to notch a victory in November’s elections.
The New Jersey labor movement made history tonight by electing our union brother Donald Norcross, a member of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 351, to the U.S. Congress. “This would not have been possible without thousands of union members who volunteered each week leading up to the election,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “We also congratulate Sen. Cory Booker on his election to a full term in the U.S. Senate, and applaud the election of 31 labor candidates, bringing the total to 814 election victories through our Labor Candidates Program.”
The AFL-CIO’s national campaign to build stronger communities by empowering eligible immigrants to become citizens and fully engage in the democratic process has become a reality in New Jersey, with the opening of the state’s first labor-led naturalization and community center.
Whether it is a job, equal pay for equal work or the means to achieve a stable retirement, we as workers share many of the same hopes and dreams. And to this day, the best way to achieve those dreams is through a unified labor movement.
A record-size class of 37 rank-and-file union members, representing 23 local unions from across all sectors of the labor movement, took part in the 18th annual New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School Aug. 9–10 at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick.
In New Jersey Monday, eight union members took part in the state’s first “Common Sense Economics” training, which at its core, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, has “a clear, simple message: Raising wages works.”
Last week, thanks to New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a package of five bills requiring manufactured products used in certain contracts to be made in America was passed in the state Senate. The primary bill requires that vendors receiving contracts, including public work contracts, with state and local governments, as well as public institutions of higher education, purchase goods manufactured in the United States.