NEWARK – Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka received another labor union endorsement on Friday, his fourth labor endorsement this week. The Essex-West Hudson Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, officially backed Baraka, pointing to their belief in the candidate’s commitment to expanding opportunities for working families.
“For more than twenty years, Ras Baraka has been a champion for working families by fighting for a real living wage and family leave, promoting job training and expanding employment opportunities for our residents,” said State Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin (D-34), the Central Labor Council president, in a prepared statement. “We know that there is no stronger champion of organized labor than Ras Baraka. We are enthusiastic to be part of the powerful and growing movement that he is building to transform Newark.”
“As mayor, I will unite all those who love Newark in a movement to work collectively to build a better future for our city,” Baraka, the South Ward Councilman, said. “The Central Labor Council is a critically important part of what we are trying to achieve.”
The Essex-West Hudson Central Labor Council represents 75 AFL-CIO labor unions throughout Essex and parts of Hudson counties.
Baraka, Newark’s South Ward Councilman, was endorsed by the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE), the state’s largest health care workers union, on Wednesday. SEIU Local 617 and The New Jersey Working Families Alliance (NJWFA) endorsed Baraka on Thursday. Baraka was endorsed by the New Jersey Laborers Union, the 20,000-member affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), last week.
Baraka’s main rival in the Newark mayoral race, former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries, has yet to receive any major labor union endorsements.