Gov. Phil Murphy has won the endorsement of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which represents about 10,000 New Jerseyans who work in the retail, warehousing, healthcare, manufacturing and public sectors.
RWDSU President Stuart Applebaum praised Murphy’s leadership of the state during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the paid family leave and paid sick leave laws he signed “meant that our members had a means to continue providing for their families while caring for themselves or their family members while recovering from COVID-19.”
But Applebaum said that his union’s backing of Murphy for a second term “runs deeper than the pandemic.”
“He gets working people and he gets the needs of our members who work in retail, healthcare, manufacturing and warehousing throughout the state of New Jersey – he raised the state’s minimum wage as a first order of business,” Applebaum said. “He signed long-needed legislation to create safer staffing levels in nursing homes and he supports stronger labor standards that create good paying union jobs in industries like warehousing and distribution centers.”
In turn, Murphy praised RWDSU members for displaying “ unflinching resilience in the face of a challenge like no other.”
“As our economy continues to bounce back from the pandemic, New Jersey will remain a leader in lifting up organized labor and ensuring working families receive the wages, benefits, and dignity they deserve,” Murphy stated.
The RWDSU was an early supporter of Murphy for Governor, endorsing him in November 2016.