November 5, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress NJ
Trenton, New Jersey – The New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s political education program has made history with the number of wins. They led union brothers and sisters to victories across the state, from school board and town council races to mayor, freeholder and state Assembly seats.
A record 47 union members won their elections, a phenomenal win ratio of 73% for labor candidates on the ballot. The results of their labor candidates program is clearly evident with the total of election victories raised to 864.In a remarkable upset, Eric Houghtaling of IBEW 400 and his running mate JoAnn Downey unseated GOP incumbents, taking control of District 11 for the first time in 20 years. Additionally, five incumbent labor officials all won re-election: Thomas Giblin, IUOE 68; Joseph Egan, IBEW 456; Wayne DeAngelo, IBEW 269; Troy Singleton, UBC 715; and Paul Moriarty, AFTRA/SAG. Democrats easily retained control of the state Assembly.
New Jersey’s labor was united throughout the campaign season and turned-out thousands of volunteers. The coordination through Central Labor Councils, Building Trades Councils, affiliates and volunteers was responsible for the Labor 2015 program’s unparalleled success. The New Jersey AFL-CIO successfully rolled out an app called MiniVAN, which lets volunteers record labor walk data on their cell phones, replacing traditional paper packets. A united labor movement provides the power to elect fellow union members and others who will truly represent the concerns of labor.