Local 108 Union Retail, Wholesale & Department Store (RWDSU) has approved MP Donald Payne Jr. for re-election in New Jersey’s 10th District.

“Congressman Payne understands how difficult it is for working class people, and he knows what solutions we need from Washington to support our members, so we are excited to offer our support,” said Charles Hall, president of RWDSU Local 108.

Payne won a snap election to Congress in 2012 after the death of his father, MP Donald Payne (D-Newark), who held office for nearly 24 years. Payne Jr. was a freeholder of Essex County and a member of the Newark City Council before campaigning in Congress.

“As a sponsor of the PRO Act, a leader with a 100% AFL-CIO rating and himself a former union member and blue collar, it’s clear to us that Congressman Payne is definitely the best choice to protect working families,” Hall said.

The New Jersey Education Association, the Communications Workers of America, the International Labor Union, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, and the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Charitable Association have already supported Payne.

RWDSU has more than 5,000 members nationwide.

Payne faces the challenge at the primaries from the Democratic Party of Aquila Halfani, a sociology professor at Essex County College, and vagrant from Mount Bank Imani Oakley. It has already received approval from Newark Mayor Rasa Baraka and most of the state’s most politically influential unions.

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