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Labor School Readies Candidates to Win November Elections, Fight for Workers

This is sent to us by Charles Wowkanech, New Jersey State AFL-CIO president. 

While tens of thousands of union and community supporters joined the Workers Stand for America rally in New Jersey to stand up for the voices of working men and women and economic opportunity for all, 22 labor candidates were learning about how to win their election in November so they can support workers in their local governments. 

The 16th Annual Labor Candidates School, held last weekend, continues the New Jersey State AFL-CIO's long tradition of preparing and educating rank-and-file union members to run for elected office. The 22 students are representing 18 different local unions and a complete range of our state’s labor movement.  

The program ensures candidates are committed to achieving progressive policy change and representing the social and economic interests of our middle class. The class provides labor candidates with invaluable information to run an effective campaign and optimize their campaign resources. Students received professional instruction in subjects such as volunteer recruitment, fundraising, campaign planning, message development and media relations. 

We were proud to once again host this program at the union-staffed Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center. To date, this one-of-a-kind program has helped to achieve a total of 692 labor candidate election victories. 

We look forward to working with the candidates who will be on the ballot this November and continuing the success of this nationally acclaimed program.

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