About the Vice President

Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager
Laborers’ International Union of North America

A member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America for 60 years (LIUNA), Raymond M. Pocino holds dual positions as LIUNA Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager. He directs and oversees activities that affect the working lives of some 40,000 laborers in the New Jersey, Delaware, New York City, Long Island and Puerto Rico. During his tenure, the Eastern Region has evolved into a vital, influential force within the 550,000-member Laborers’ International Union.

As a LIUNA Vice President, Mr. Pocino serves as a trustee of the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, and the Laborers Health and Safety Trust, two unique programs that bring labor and management together in joint efforts to stimulate economic development, upgrade the competitiveness of union construction, and improve the health and safety of laborers. One of his first initiatives as Eastern Regional Manager was to establish the Laborers Eastern Region Organizing Fund (LEROF), the International’s first-ever regional organizing arm. 

Mr. Pocino has carried his commitment to the Laborers Union beyond the union hall into an active public life.  Long recognized for his expertise on transportation and economic development issues, Mr. Pocino serves as commissioner to the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey and is serving his sixth term as a commissioner of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, including one as chairman. He also serves as vice chairman of Choose New Jersey, an independent, privately funded non-profit corporation created to promote New Jersey as a place to invest and do business. Mr. Pocino also serves as a trustee for NJ SEED and the New Jersey Alliance for Action.

Mr. Pocino has received numerous accolades for his commitment and service, including the A. Philip Randolph Institute’s Labor Award, the Alliance for Action’s coveted Eagle Award for Leadership, Construction Man of the Year by the Building Contractors Association of New Jersey, Labor Leader of the Year by American ORT, New York City Chapter, and Labor Leader Honoree by the Newark Catholic Archdiocese. 

Ray resides in Lawrenceville, NJ and has two grown daughters, Amy and Caren.  

About the Vice President News Room

Fall 2014 NJ Laborers Vision Screening Schedule

Published By: NJ Laborers on 2014-09-05


The New Jersey Laborers Health and Safety Fund announce the schedule for member vision screenings.  All screenings will start an hour before your Local Union's membership meeting.  The screeening are offered free of charge and bno...

Support the EPA's Passaic River Bank to Bank Cleanup Plan.

Published By: NJ Laborers on 2014-04-23

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a comprehensive bank-to-bank clean up of the Lower Passaic River, an area left for dead after decades of industrial pollution.  While their recommendations carry some weight, the fact is that offending...

Raymond M. Pocino on the need for living wages at Port Authority airports

Published By: NJ Laborers on 2014-03-07

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey should waste no time in adopting a living wage standard for all of its airports.  All workers deserve a family-sustaining wage and benefits for their labor. Certainly,...

LIUNA supports Mark Smith for Bayonne mayor

Published By: NJ Laborers on 2014-03-07


The New Jersey Laborers Union endorsed for re-election Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, citing his strong record of stabilizing finances, strengthening government services, and supporting middle class and working families. 


Watson Coleman Earns LIUNA Support in CD 12

Published By: NJ Laborers on 2014-02-21

MONROE TWP, NJ -- The 20,000 member New Jersey Laborers Union is throwing its considerable political support behind Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in the race to succeed Congressman Rush Holt in New Jersey’s 12th