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February 21, 2020

IBEW ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE ENDORSEMENT OF KENNEDY FOR U.S. SENATE

Kennedy has secured 24 union endorsements in the U.S. Senate race so far

Watertown, MA — On Friday, local branches of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) gathered in Mansfield to issue a statewide endorsement for Congressman Joe Kennedy III in his bid for U.S. Senate. Kennedy had already earned endorsements from a number of IBEW locals across the state and has secured the majority of labor support in the U.S. Senate race so far. On Friday, IBEW Locals 326, 2325, 2321, 1499, and 2222 joined the list, bringing the total number of unions in Massachusetts to endorse Kennedy up to 24.

The IBEW represents approximately 70,000 active members and retirees in Massachusetts who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government.

“Joe Kennedy understands that unions are the backbone of our workforce, not only here in Massachusetts, but across the country,” said International Vice President Mike Monahan. “Unions face 21st century challenges all across the nation today. We need a Senator who understands the issues and is ready to fight for union workers, to make sure that we are part of the solution to new age problems, not shut out from them. We know Kennedy will fight for us, and we are proud to be here today to support Joe Kennedy in his bid for U.S. Senate.”

“Unions like IBEW are vital to ensuring that working men and women can provide for their families,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy. “Today, it is harder and harder to find middle class salaries that provide middle class lifestyles. Our unions across the state help ensure our workers get the salaries they deserve, that they have a seat at the bargaining table, and that as we face new challenges, unions remain at the core of our workforce. I am proud to stand with IBEW today, and I will be proud to fight for them every day in D.C.”

Local 103 - Lou Antonellis, Business Manager

“Local 103 was proud to endorse Joe Kennedy early in this race, and today, we are proud to join our IBEW union brothers and sisters from across the Commonwealth to support Kennedy,” said Lou Antonellis of Local 103. “We need a leader who will fight for union workers in Washington, D.C. Kennedy has been fighting for the worker his entire career, and we know he will continue to do so in the Senate.”

Local 1505 - Mike Zagami, Business Manager

“Now more than ever, we need to ensure that good paying, union jobs are available here in Massachusetts for working men and women,” said Mike Zagami of Local 1505. “Joe Kennedy knows this and has been a champion for us for his entire career. We know he will keep fighting for us as our next Senator and we are proud to be with him in this race.”

Local 223 - Doug Nelson, Business Manager

“Joe Kennedy knows that green energy is a win-win proposition for the environment and Massachusetts workers,” said Doug Nelson of Local 223. “Wind farms off the coast of New England will bring clean energy to our cities and towns. Training and support for IBEW 223 members to build the turbines that power clean energy will ensure that workers will benefit from the good jobs and benefits that come with it. I am confident in Joe Kennedy’s vision, and IBEW 223 is proud to endorse him in the race for US Senate.”

Local 104 - Brian Murphy, Business Manager

“Joe Kennedy shows up for workers every day,” said Brian Murphy of Local 104. “He honors the value of workers who power the Commonwealth and the country, and knows that it is those workers who are at the center of the desperately-needed modernization of the electrical grid. We are deeply grateful for Joe Kennedy’s leadership. The IBEW Local 104 is proud to endorse Joe Kennedy for US Senate.”

Local 326 - Red Simpson, Business Manager

“Most politicians talk about the importance of workers and working families, but not many actually show up,” said Red Simpson of Local 326. “Joe Kennedy is a different kind of politician. He’s a leader who shows up when the cameras are off and others don’t notice. But the working families he supports notice, and see him standing with us every day. We know he values the central role of workers in modernizing the electrical infrastructure of the Commonwealth and the country. We want Joe Kennedy’s brand of leadership in the US Senate, and IBEW 326 proudly endorses him in this race.”

Local 2325 - Dave Keating, Business Manager

“Fast reliable internet service in rural communities is crucial for the economy of Western Mass,” said Dave Keating of Local 2325. “Our young students, employers, and many small businesses who work out of their homes need to compete in today’s competitive markets. Joe Kennedy understands this, and that is why he was instrumental in helping us complete the “last mile”of high speed internet. We know he will continue to fight for union work in D.C. and we are proud to stand with him in this race.”

Local 2321 - Craig Fields, Business Manager

“We need to protect union jobs here in Massachusetts,” said Craig Fields of Local 2321. “And Joe Kennedy has never failed to fight for good paying, union jobs. Kennedy knows that in order to protect middle class families, unions must always be at the core of our workforce. We are proud to stand with him in his race for U.S. Senate.”

Local 1499 - Rui Pacheco, Business Manager

“Joe Kennedy knows the value of Massachusetts workers, and their contributions to our economy,” said Rui Pacheco of Local 1499. “He stands with working families every day to keep jobs local, keep wages strong, and keep benefits intact. When others went along with the USMCA, Joe Kennedy saw it as a missed opportunity, and fought to ensure labor law enforcement was included in it. Just as he stands with us, we are proud to stand with him. The IBEW 1499 proudly endorses Joe Kennedy for US Senate.”

Local 2222 - Brendon Keogh, Political Director

“Congressman Joe Kennedy understands how important the integrity of our elections are, especially today,” said Brendon Keogh of Local 2222. “He knows how money can influence campaigns. Because of that, Joe Kennedy has signed the People’s Pledge to keep dark money out of Massachusetts politics. It’s just one example of how Congressman Kennedy puts what is right above what is easy. We admire Joe Kennedy’s leadership, and IBEW 2222 is proud to endorse Congressman Kennedy for US Senate.”

Local 455 - Brian Kenney, Business Manager

"Congressman Joe Kennedy has a proven track record of fighting for working families in Massachusetts," said Brian Kenney of IBEW Local 445. "Today, as our workforce changes and the needs of communities like Springfield change with it, we must continue to prioritize union jobs so that working men and women can provide for their families. We know Joe Kennedy will continue to fight with us in the U.S. Senate and we are proud to endorse him in this race."

With his strong record on issues of workers rights and economic justice, Kennedy has secured the majority of labor endorsements in the U.S. Senate race so far, including Massachusetts Laborers, the Machinists Statewide Council, Machinists Local 264, Teamsters Local 25, IBEW 103, 104, 1505, 223, 455, 326, 2325, 2321, 1499, & 2222, UWA 369, Carmen Union 589, Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, IUOE Local 4 & UFCW local 791, the Boston Musicians Association Local 9-535, the Plymouth/Bristol County Regional Labor Council and the Norfolk County Regional Labor Council.


From the Trail:

Joe is running an energetic, diverse, inclusive, tireless and creative grassroots campaign across the entire state.

In just the first 90 days, Joe visited over 70 cities and has not slowed down. In January alone, he held 13 town hall meetings, with crowds of several hundred, in every corner of the state -- two completely in Spanish.

Joe continues to prioritize places and people that are all too often left out of the political process. He has spent his time visiting immigrant families working to make ends meet in Chelsea and Everett, veterans struggling to access proper mental health care in Somerville and Holyoke, working men and women on the picket line in Lawrence and Dedham, individuals with developmental disabilities in Brockton, and fishermen fighting for their future in Gloucester. He has visited community health centers, shelters, and clinics on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic in North Adams, Hyannis, Fitchburg and Boston. He has discussed environmental justice in Chelsea and Roxbury, racial disparities in maternal healthcare in Worcester, criminal justice in Springfield and clean energy in New Bedford.

On the trail, he continues to earn the support from a rising generation of diverse leaders across Massachusetts, including: State Senator Eric Lesser, State Senator Diana DiZoglio, State Representative Jon Santiago, Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Chelsea City Councilor Judith Garcia, Worcester City Councilor Sarai Rivera, Brockton City Councilor Rita Mendes, Springfield City Councilors Justin Hurst, Adam Gomez and Trayce Whitfield, Brookline Select Board Member Raul Fernandez and many others.

He continues to stand proudly with labor in the fight for jobs, fair wages and real economic justice. Joe is organized labor’s choice in this race, having been endorsed by 19 labor unions across the Commonwealth, including: the Massachusetts Laborers, the Machinists Statewide Council, Machinists Local 264, Teamsters Local 25, Pipefitters Local 537, IBEW 103, 104, 1505, 223, 455, 326, 2325, 2321, 1499, & 2222, UWA 369, Carmen Union 589, Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, IUOE Local 4 & UFCW local 791, the Boston Musicians Association Local 9-535, Ironworkers Local 7, the Plymouth/Bristol County Regional Labor Council and the Norfolk County Regional Labor Council.

Joe is grateful for the support of a diverse group of his colleagues in Congress, from civil rights hero John Lewis to Progressive Caucus Chair Mark Pocan, New England colleagues Annie Kuster and David Cicilline, LBGTQ Caucus Leader Sean Patrick Maloney and rising leaders Joaquin Castro and Stephanie Murphy.

Kennedy for Massachusetts has opened up four campaign offices across the state, with more to come. With offices in Roxbury, Watertown, Lowell and Worcester so far, Kennedy for Massachusetts has prioritized building a strong local presence in every corner of the state, which will serve as the foundation of a massive grassroots operation.

Joe shows up. Joe listens. Joes will do more than fight for you -- he’ll fight with you.

Posted on February 21, 2020 in Press Releases.