Gov. Phil Murphy voiced his support for organized labor during a speech Wednesday morning at the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey Convention.
“I remain committed to protecting the rights of working people to come together and form a union,” Murphy said. “And I remain equally opposed to the misguided and disingenuous efforts of those trying to break up unions.”
Murphy, who said the state was made strong by union labor, received a standing ovation from the crowd of delegates and members at Tropicana Atlantic City. He spoke for just less than 15 minutes, touching on protecting firefighters’ pensions and health care and his proposed millionaire’s tax.
Third District Vice President Ed Zebrowski said he thought Murphy’s message of public safety was well received, and he appreciated the governor’s “positive attitude” toward the organization.
Zebrowski, who represents firefighter unions in Brigantine, Pleasantville and Ocean City, among others in the southeastern portion of the state, said there has been an “attack on labor” for years, both at the state and national levels, but he’s seeing a change.