MONROE TWP, NJ -- The 20,000 member New Jersey Laborers Union is throwing its considerable political support behind Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in the race to succeed Congressman Rush Holt in New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District.
“Since she first took office in the New Jersey State Assembly back in 1998, and in her many leadership roles including as Assembly Majority Leader, State Campaign Chair, and Democratic State Committee Chair, Bonnie Watson Coleman has been a key advocate and friend of working families in general and our union specifically,” said LIUNA Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager Raymond M. Pocino.
Pocino further discussed the union’s reason for the endorsement. “There is no learning process for Assemblywoman Watson Colman. She understands the district, she understands the issues facing both residents and businesses, and she understands what it will take to change things in Congress. She has unparalleled experience and an unmatched dedication to the people of the 12th Congressional District. Like Rush Holt, Bonnie Watson Coleman approaches government with the right priorities by putting people ahead of politics and using policy to help people.”
The New Jersey Laborers Union has long been a force in electoral politics with an actively engaged membership and strong political education and get out the vote programs. Its support of Watson Coleman is based on her distinguished record on a whole host of issues including worker rights, economic development and job creation, civil rights, and environmental protection and responsible planning. Assembly woman Watson Coleman is known for her ability to build consensus and develop pragmatic solutions addressing issues important to New Jerseyans. As sponsor of the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, she helped create a law that encourages urban redevelopment, fosters innovation and high tech industry growth which is so important to the 12th Congressional District, and helps create good paying pay careers in the Garden State.
The New Jersey Laborers Union is the statewide affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America(LIUNA) and represents workers in various industries, including construction, clean energy, environmental remediation, sanitation and recycling, security, and education. The New Jersey Laborers are widely viewed as having been instrumental in helping to lift living standards and workplace safety for employees and for developing innovative cooperative relationships with employers.
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