Service + Solidarity Spotlight: New Jersey State AFL-CIO Hosts 26th Annual Labor Candidates School

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The New Jersey State AFL-CIO hosted its 26th annual Labor Candidates School over the weekend, featuring a graduating class of 24 union members running for office as first-time candidates. Many alumni also chose to attend for a refresher course, as the Labor Candidates School provides training in the most up-to-date campaign techniques, which continue to evolve at a rapid pace.

“The Labor Candidates Program is the cornerstone of our labor movement’s political power in New Jersey,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech (IUOE). “The Labor Candidates School is a critical element of the program because it gives our candidates the skills they need to win. By electing union members to office, we elevate leaders that share the values of solidarity and deliver results for all working families.”