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September 24, 2019

UFCW LOCAL 791 ENDORSES KENNEDY

Follows yesterday's endorsements from IBEW, Teamsters & Machinists

Kennedy on picket line yesterday with UNITE HERE Local 26

Boston, MA -- Continuing his record of prioritizing Massachusetts workers and their families, Joe Kennedy III today announced the endorsement of the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 791, which represents food and public sector workers across Massachusetts and New England.

"Since being elected to the U.S. Congress, Joe Kennedy has been a champion for the American worker,” said Peter Derouen, spokesman for Local 791. “The U.S. Senate is in dire need of a fresh new voice who puts economic justice front and center and is not afraid to buck the status quo. We feel Joe Kennedy has the leadership, energy, and vision to help break the gridlock that has crippled the U.S. Senate over the last several years and take on a system that too often treats working families as afterthoughts. As a U.S. Senator, we are confident that Joe Kennedy will continue to be a partner on the issues that matter most to organized labor.”

"There are few fights more critical to this country today than for the working men and women our economy has left behind," said Kennedy. "For generations, American unions have served as a firewall between workers and abuse, exploitation, and injustice. I'm proud to carry this fight in my campaign and to center the voices of working people in the weeks and months ahead."

Yesterday Kennedy announced the endorsements of IBEW Local 103, Teamsters Local 25 and the Massachusetts State Council of Machinists.

He also joined the picket line Monday with UNITE HERE Local 26, who are striking at the Battery Wharf Hotel in their fight for fair wages and critical worker protections.

Kennedy has championed economic justice since being elected to Congress. From American manufacturing to vocational education, fair wages, corporate accountability and collective bargaining, he has fought tirelessly to ensure that working men and women have a voice in Congress. Across Massachusetts he has stood in solidarity with striking workers at National Grid and Stop & Shop, hotel staff in the Seaport and Martha’s Vineyard bus drivers.

Over the last year his calls for a 'moral capitalism' that puts economic power back in the hands of American workers have gained national attention.

Posted on September 24, 2019 in Press Releases.