Democratic state vice chair Peg Schaffer received the Hubert H. Humphrey Friend of Labor award from the Middlesex-Somerset AFL-CIO labor council.
Wayne Martiak, the business representative for IBEW 456, said that Schaffer “has for years stood alongside labor, fighting for working families in Somerset County.”
“Unions have served as the backbone of American society for generations, providing working families with livable wages, affordable healthcare, and protections in the workplace,” Schaffer, the Somerset County Democratic chair, stated. “In Somerset County, our two Freeholders have signed on to a pledge to support project labor agreements. Anyone elected in the county knows that we support labor unions and the labor movement and if they don’t sign on to that pledge, they don’t run in our county.”
Democratic state chairman John Currie named Schaffer as state party vice chair last week, replacing Lizette Delgado-Polanco. Schaffer endorsed Currie and will run with him a leadership election late this year.
“The labor movement runs deep in my blood as my father was a union member, working as a tool and die maker. He worked two jobs and was able to raise our family, putting ten children through college,” Schaffer said. “The labor union was truly a friend of ours. I’m proud of my dad and I dedicate this award to him.”
CWA state director Hetty Rosenstein was presented with the Middlesex-Somerset CLB Labor Person of the Year award.