Thirty-four union members, representing 23 local unions, took part in the 19th annual New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School on Aug. 15-16, 2015.
The two-day immersion course teaches union members the nuts and bolts of building, coordinating and winning an election campaign. Topics included campaign planning, fundraising, media relations, voter contact and message development.
Volunteer instructors include some of the top political consultants and election strategists working today. Program instructors have a combined total of more than 335 years of campaign experience.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School has been recognized nationally for its effectiveness, achieving a total of 817 election victories for union members since 1997.
Alumni of the program have gone on to win municipal, county, state and federal elections. As officeholders, they champion policies that reflect the priorities of New Jersey’s working families such as paid family leave and raising the minimum wage.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates the graduates of this year’s class and looks forward to working with them to pave a road to victory this upcoming Election Day, Nov. 3, 2015, when at least 67 first-time and incumbent labor candidates will be on the ballot.
This year’s program was held at the union-staffed Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick, N.J.