Laborers’ International North America-Eastern Region endorses Payne for re-election


The Laborers’ International North America-Eastern Region (LiUNA) is backing U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) for re-election, citing his commitment to working families.

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10). Photo courtesy of Payne’s office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Donald Payne, Jr., has demonstrated a willingness to support working families and the ability to get things done,” said Eastern Regional Manager of LiUNA Vice President Ray Pocino.

“Politics has more than enough people who love to speak, love to tweet, but there are fewer and fewer leaders like Donald Payne, Jr., who first and foremost love to serve. LiUNA represents more than 25,000 members in New Jersey, and they want a public servant who has a record of reliability, of approachability, and of accomplishment. We want Donald Payne, Jr for Congress.”

Payne, a member of the House Labor Caucus and a former union member himself, has consistently fought for working families.

He was also an original co-sponsor of the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act in 2020, which expands various labor protections related to workers’ rights to organize and collectively bargain.

As chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazard Materials of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the congressman has a record of bringing quality jobs for union construction back to New Jersey.

“I want to thank Laborers’ International and its members for their endorsement and Ray Pocino for his outstanding leadership and decades of service to the labor movement and New Jersey,” noted Payne.

“As a former union member, I’m proud of my record of bringing union jobs to New Jersey. I’m thankful that this has led to more job opportunities for members of LiUNA, whose effort, sweat and hard work is essential to building the kind of progress we need in our communities.

In the past couple of weeks, Payne has secured the endorsements of the NJEA, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, as well as the Communications Workers of America, ahead of the June 7th primary.

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