New Jersey State Council of the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO (CWA) endorses Amy Kennedy for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District.
By David Todd McCarty | Friday, March 6, 2020
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) New Jersey, a union that represents more than 70,000 working families in New Jersey, including more than 40,000 state workers, 15,000 county and local government workers, announced that they were endorsing Democratic candidate Amy Kennedy in her bid to oppose Republican Jeff Van Drew in the 2nd Congressional District.
“New Jersey is blessed with an amazing delegation of Members of Congress who stand up for working families every day, and we are excited to maintain our support for these candidates,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President for CWA District 1. “CWA also had a long a close history with Ted Kennedy, and we are excited to be supporting his daughter-in-law. When I heard Amy Kennedy discuss her approach to fighting back against Donald Trump’s dangerous bigotry, I knew that she would be the most electable candidate to face Jeff Van Drew in November. We have many members in this Congressional District, and our Locals are going to be out in force for Kennedy.”
“Amy Kennedy is a rock star,” said Hetty Rosenstein, CWA NJ Area Director. “Kennedy is un-bought and un-bossed, she’s unequivocally pro-union, and she’s the perfect candidate to defeat Jeff Van Drew this November to turn that seat back.”
CWA in New Jersey represents more than 60,000 working people in state, county and municipal government jobs and in the telecommunications and direct care industries.
“I will fight to ensure our government keeps the promises we have made to public and private employees. Unless we act, more than 200 multi-employer pension plans will fail in the next 10 years, threatening the retirements of 1.3 million Americans,” said Kennedy. “I support the Butch Lewis Act, which would create a loan program to help get pensions back on solid ground and I will fight to protect and expand Social Security.”
Communications Workers of America (CWA) New Jersey includes over 30 chartered local unions and is part of CWA District 1, which includes New York, New Jersey and New England. CWA is affiliated at the national, state and local level with the American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).