FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2021
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(NEW YORK, NY) – Today, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced its endorsement of New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy in his bid for a second term. The RWDSU represents approximately 10,000 workers in the retail, warehousing, healthcare, manufacturing and public sectors in New Jersey.
“The RWDSU is proud to endorse Governor Phil Murphy for re-election. His quick and responsive leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic provided critical guidance to keep our frontline members safe early in the health crisis. His robust legislative agenda during this first term, which included an expanded Paid Family Leave and Paid Sick Leave, also 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. Yet, our unqualified support for Governor Murphy 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; 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. For these reasons and more, we stand with Governor Phil Murphy,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.
“Over the past year, the working women and men of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union have kept New Jersey moving forward and displayed unflinching resilience in the face of a challenge like no other,” said Governor Murphy. “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. I'm incredibly grateful to have earned the RWDSU's endorsement for reelection.”
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The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) represents 100,000 members throughout the United States. The RWDSU is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information, please visit our website at www.rwdsu.org, Facebook:/RWDSU.UFCW Twitter:@RWDSU.