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Carpenters union endorses Gordon Johnson

Citing ‘national assaults on workers’ rights,’ Sproule says Johnson ‘is the leader we need in the State Senate right now’

By David Wildstein, March 09 2021 9:17 am

The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters has endorsed Gordon Johnson for State Senate in the 37th district, giving him the backing of a union with a history of providing major financial support and boots on the ground in advance of Election Day.

William Sproule, the executive secretary-treasurer, praised Johnson, a ten-term assemblyman, as a “stalwart friend to organized labor.”

“Amid national assaults on workers’ rights including, ‘right-to-work’ legislation, it’s more important than ever that working men and women know who is on their side – and Gordon Johnson is the leader we need in the State Senate right now,” Sproule said.

The Carpenters union is one of the most politically potent in the state, with their own internal political operation aimed at turning out votes.

Johnson faces Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle in the Democratic primary for the open Senate seat.  The six-term incumbent, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, is not seeking re-election.

“From relentlessly supporting prevailing wage legislation to fighting for safe working conditions, you understand our values,” Sproule said in a letter to Johnson.  “This includes your track record of supporting long-term infrastructure investments like the critically important Gateway Tunnel project and spearheading the movement to bring television and movie productions back to New Jersey, which has brought hundreds of good-paying union jobs for carpenters and other trades.”

The carpenters endorsement touts Johnson as a supporter of workers right and an opponent of right-to-work legislation, misclassifications of workers, and coerced labor.

“By working with leaders like you, we can protect fair standards, protect working families, and provide the opportunity for good-paying jobs in New Jersey,” Sproule told Johnson.

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