June 26, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Atlantic City, NJ – The New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s voted unanimously to re-elect President Charles Wowkanech and Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan for another four-year term, at its convention here June 21.
The two have been the state federation’s top executive officers since 1997. “I’ve always known them to be dedicated, progressive, and inclusive representatives to all sectors of the labor movement,” said Raymond Pocino, a vice president of the Laborers International Union of North America and a member of the state federation’s executive board.” During Wowkanech and Brennan’s tenure, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO said in a statement, the organization’s legislative efforts led to the enactment of the 2002 law requiring project-labor agreements on public-works projects, a paid family leave law, “card-check” union organizing in the public sector, and a minimum-wage increase indexed to inflation. Its Labor Candidates Program, which provides resources for union members running for public office, has helped them win 874 elections, with 141 union members currently in office. Read more