New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association
Heads the STFA, the recognized bargaining unit for all rank-and-file New Jersey state troopers below the rank of sergeant. The STFA is the largest New Jersey State Police association, with over 1,800 active members.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO
Longtime member of leadership at state AFL-CIO (she was elected secretary-treasurer in 1997) is first woman to serve in this office in state (one of only seven nationally). She is responsible for the organizational budget and other financial obligations.
Vice president & state director
32BJ Service Employees International Union
The 175,000 members of the chapter of the SEIU is impressive and important — the impact comes when you consider the wide variety of sectors and populations that it serves. Brown has been a key leader/driver in raising minimum wage for service workers throughout the state.
Worker Institute @ILR Cornell
She is a researcher and labor educator focusing on the intersection of race, immigration status and workers’ rights. At the Worker Institute, she leads research, policy innovation and training to advance worker justice, collective bargaining rights and the interest of workers in today’s economy and society.
American Federation of Teachers-N.J.
Chiera not only is president of the AFT-NJ, leading the 30,000-member education union federation, she serves as a vice president for the national organization.
President & business agent
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 819
A more than 25-year employee of New Jersey Transit, she has been the head of ATU Local 819, one of its most important unions, since 2020 — the first Black woman to serve in this role.
New Jersey Policemen’s Benevolent Association
Leader of one of the state’s most important police unions, Colligan has been at the forefront of the effort to fight back against “defund the police”-type measures.
USW – Health Care Workers Council Local 4-200
The leader of the nurses union at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick that is part of the United Steel Workers since 2015. She has been a part of a half-dozen negotiations — including one this summer that led to a strike.
Unite Here! Local 54
She became the first female leader of this powerful union of casino workers earlier this year, but her impact has been great for years. In previous role as financial secretary-treasurer, she dramatically improved union’s financial stability through COVID and help bring historic wage increases last summer.
New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association
In his fourth term as leader of union that represents more than 5,000 firefighters, EMTs and dispatchers.
N.J. state director
Communication Workers of America
In 2021, she took over as state director for the CWA, one of the state’s most powerful public sector unions, but she has a lifetime of union influence. She served as a national staff representative at CWA since 2013. Prior to that, she was president of the Turnpike Workers Union, IFPTE Local 194.
United Food & Commercial Workers Local 360
He leads the powerful UFCW Local 360 — a state leader in grocery store workers and the cannabis industry, among other areas. Ferraino also is president of the influential N.J. Central Labor Council. He was recently appointed to the Woodbury city council, too.
She’s based in Philadelphia, but her impact in New Jersey already is being felt, as she is helping to organize Starbucks employees across the state. Workers United represents more than 86,000 members in U.S. and Canada.
Director of organizing
United Food & Commercial Workers Local 360
He’s one of the first calls when cannabis workers are considering creating a union — or have an issue after they do. As the director of organizing for the UFCW Local 360, his impact on the sector cannot be overstated.
Becky Givan; Catherine Monteleone; Amy Higer
President; President; President
Rutgers AAUP-AFT; AAUP-BHSNJ; Rutgers Adjunct Faculty Union
Led weeklong strike of Rutgers teachers that drew statewide attention and brought across-the-board raises (at least 14%) to full-time faculty, 44% per-credit increases (and more job security) for part-time lecturers and 28% increases for post-docs.
Barbara Hildner; William Calathes
President; Chief negotiator
American Federation of Teachers Local 1839
The financial mess at New Jersey City University was not going to be fixed without substantial input and effort by the unions connected to the AFT. Hildner and Calathes worked with NJCU officials to come up with a plan that was fair to the unions (and the students), helping set the school on the road to recovery.
John O’Krinsky; Mike Stas
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 632; IATSE Local 21
Want to see a show? Their two IATSE locals guide the union workers at MetLife Stadium, Prudential Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center and a host of other prominent venues throughout the state. O’Krinsky succeeds longtime Local 632 leader Kevin O’Brien, who serves as president emeritus. Potential opportunities to grow at Fort Monmouth and Bayonne are immense.
N.Y./N.J. Hotel and Gaming Workers Union
He has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and has fought cases in state/federal courts and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Division of Human Rights. In addition, he has led a massive mobilization and activation of union workers in New Jersey in the past decade.
New Jersey Education Association
A high school science teacher in the Wayne public schools, Spiller is president of the NJEA, one of the most influential and impactful teachers unions in the country.
United Food & Commercial Workers Local 152
String has been an influential leader for three decades, becoming president of UFCW Local 1538 in 1997 — and then continuing in that role when that local merged with 152 in 2006. String, who joined the union at age 14, is the son of a prominent labor leader.
United – Air Line Pilots Association
To be clear, he’s based in Denver — but his impact on United Airlines flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport (and all the business travelers who use them) became clear in the most recent contract talks, as he kept the planes in the air while helping the pilots earn raises.
Rutgers’ Labor Education Action Research Network
An assistant professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers, he is one of the top thought leaders in the state on union issues. He oversees the school’s labor education programs held for workers, unions and other organizations.
United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1262
The UFCW Local 1262, which runs from Ocean County to Hudson Valley, represents more than 22,000 workers at ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Foodtown and other stores.
Health Professionals and Allied Employees
A registered nurse at Virtua Memorial Hospital for more than 25 years, she was involved in the initial organizing of HPAE Local 5105 in 1996, became a union rep and eventually president before joining the state executive chairman — eventually elevating to the top role.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO
Leader of an organization that unites the voices of more than 1 million union members across the state in pursuit of social and economic justice for all workers.