WNY Labor Issues Major Support & Commitment For State Senator Tim Kennedy
Amazing Outpouring Of Support & Pledge Of ‘Tireless Work’ To Help Secure Kennedy’s Re-Election Underscored At Major Labor Showing Held At 1199 SEIU’s Buffalo Offices As Nearly 40 Unions Announce Endorsements For The Buffalo Democrat
(BUFFALO) – From the New York State AFL-CIO to Dozens of Individual Buffalo Area Labor Unions, Which Collectively Represent Tens of Thousands of Workers, Organized Labor Very Publicly Issued its Support to Re-Elect State Senator Tim Kennedy (Democrat-Buffalo) During a Major Event That Was Held at the Downtown Buffalo Headquarters of 1199 Service Employees International (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East Late Last Week.
From the Buffalo Building & Construction Trades Council to the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Labor Leader After Labor Leader Stepped Forward to Offer a Ringing Endorsement of Senator Kennedy, Who’s Widely Described as a True Friend of Labor Here in Western New York.
“The Western New York Area Labor Federation is Very Pleased to Endorse the Re-Election Campaign of Senator Tim Kennedy,” Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) President Richard Lipsitz said. “He Has Been a ‘True Friend’ to Our Organization and He ‘Never Forgets’ the Day-to-Day Struggles of Ordinary Working People. Tim Kennedy’s Proven Himself to be a ‘Champion’ of the Labor Movement and We Will ‘Work Tirelessly’ to See He’s Re-Elected.”
The WNYALF is the Umbrella Labor Organization That Oversees Five Individual Central Labor Councils Across Western New York: Buffalo; Niagara-Orleans; Dunkirk; Jamestown; and Cattaraugus-Allegany. Collectively, the WNYALF Represents More Than 100,000 Unions Workers Across the Region and Counts as its Affiliated Unions Those Labor Organizations Who’ve Also Endorsed Senator Kennedy for Re-Election.
Meanwhile, the New York State AFL-CIO, Which Represents More Than 2.5 Million Workers Across the State, Also Endorsed Kennedy, Citing His Relentless Fight for Western New York’s Working Families. Said New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento in a Distributed Statement: “Senator Tim Kennedy Has Been a ‘Fearless Advocate’ On Behalf of Hard-Working Western New Yorkers and Labor is ‘Proud’ to Stand With Him in His Campaign. We Share Tim’s Commitment to Strong Public Services and to Creating Good, Long-Term Jobs, and We Look Forward to Continuing to Work With Him After His Re-Election to Ensure We Achieve Those Goals.”
Kennedy’s Been a Strong, Unwavering Voice Who’s Fought for Western New York and He’s Over the Course of Time Made the Issues That Matter Most to Working Families His Top Priorities as a State Senator, Focusing On Vital Initiatives Such as Creating Family-Sustaining Jobs, Improving Public Education, Strengthening Neighborhoods, Boosting Infrastructure Investment, Ensuring Western New York Gets its Fair Share of State Resources and Protecting the State’s Most Vulnerable.
In Accepting Labor’s Endorsements, Kennedy said: “I’ve Long Fought to Ensure the ‘Voices’ of Western New York’s Working Men And Women are ‘Heard’ in the State Capitol and I’m Proud and Honored to Have Earned Their Support. The Fights I Take On are ‘Their’ Fights. It’s ‘Their Concerns’ That I Work Hard to Address Each Day. Western New York’s Working Families Know They Can ‘Count On Me’ to Fight for Them, and With This Outpouring of Support, I Know I Can Count On Them Too, as We Head Into (the Primary Election) On September Ninth. Western New York’s Hard-Working Families Have My Word: ‘As Long as I’m Their State Senator, I’ll Keep Fighting for Them Every Single Day.’”
However, in What Was More Than Just Announcing Their Support, the Unions Who Have Endorsed Kennedy, and Their Members. are Also Working for Kennedy. Several Labor Organizations Have Already Sent Volunteers to Kennedy’s Campaign to Make Phone Calls and Knock On Doors, and the WNYALF’s Planning a Massive Labor Walk That Will be Held On Thursday, August 28th When Workers Will Canvass Western New York’s Neighborhoods in Order to Encourage Voters to Support Kennedy in the Primary Election.
Those Unions That Have Endorsed Kennedy Include: 1199 SEIU; NYSUT; the Buffalo Building Trades Council; Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Locals 1342 and 1625; Boilermakers Local 7; BCTGM/Grain Millers Local 36G; Bricklayers &Allied Craftworkers Local 3; AFSCME District Council 35 and AFSCME Local 264; Carpenters Local 289; Cement Masons Local 11; CSEA; CWA District One and CWA Locals 1122, 1133, 1168 and 14148; International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 121; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 41; the International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators; Longshoreman Local 1949; Elevator Constructors Local 14; International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17; Ironworkers Locals 6 and 9; IUPAT/Painters District Council 4; Laborers Local 210; National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 3; Office & Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153; the American Postal Workers Union (APWU); Teamsters Locals 264 and 449; U.A./Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 22; and United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 774.
Here’s What Some of Those Labor Leaders in Attendance at Friday’s Event Had to say:
CWA Local 1122 President Jim Wagner: “Senator Kennedy - Time and Again - Has Proven to be a ‘Voice’ and ‘Staunch Advocate’ for the Ordinary Working Men and Women of Our Western New York Community. Local 1122 Members are Proud to Work and Eager to Stand With Senator Kennedy in Our Fight for Fairness and Equity for Ordinary Working Men and Women Here in Western New York.”
UAW Region 9 CAP Director Paul Schuh: “Over the Past Four Years, Senator Tim Kennedy’s Continually Demonstrated His Support for Labor and Working Families in Not Only Western New York, but for ‘All’ of New York State. He’s Earned Our Support and the UAW Will Not Abandon Him Now. We Wholeheartedly Support Tim Kennedy and Look Forward to Working With Him in the Next Legislative Session.”
NALC Branch 3 President Larry Kania: “Whether Walking Picket Lines, Promoting Initiatives for the Elderly or Introducing Legislation, Senator Kennedy’s Proven He Supports the Working Class.”
Teamsters Local 264 Brian Dickman: “Senator Kennedy Has An ‘Outstanding Record’ Fighting for Labor and Working Families. Teamsters Local 264 is Proud to Support Him for Re-Election. He’s Been There for Us and We’ll be There for Him Throughout This Campaign.”
CWA 1168 President and Registered Nurse Cori Gambini: “As the President of a Union Representing Health Care Workers, and a Nurse Myself, I Know Senator Kennedy Understands the Hard Work We Do and the Obstacles We Face. He’s a ‘Voice’ for Us and Our Patients in Albany.”
UUP/University at Buffalo Chapter President Tom Tucker: “Senator Kennedy’s Been a ‘Tireless Advocate’ for Higher Education in the State University at New York System. We in UUP Sincerely Appreciate All His Efforts in Supporting Us and We’ll Be There - One-Hundred-Percent - to Support Him in His Re-Election.”
West Seneca Teachers Association President Joe Cantafio: “Tim Kennedy is, and Has Been, a ‘Leader’ in Albany - Standing Up for Our Students. Senator Kennedy Did His ‘Homework’ Early On and Stood Up Against the Over-Testing of Our Students. He ‘Stood Up’ and Asked the Tough Questions ‘Before Anyone Else’ and Before it Became ‘Politically Popular.’ We Need to Keep Tim Kennedy Fighting for Our Kids, Our Future.”
Ann Converso of CWA 1168: “Senator Kennedy is a Health Care Worker and Understands the ‘Needs’ of Those at the Bedside. He Was ‘Front and Center’ On the Safe Patient Handling Bill, Which Finally Passed. He’s Also Out Front Fighting for Improved Quality of Care With the ‘Safe Staffing For Quality Care’ Bill. Nurses, Patients and ‘All’ Who Rely On Our Health Care System ‘Need Someone’ Like Senator Kennedy Fighting for Us.”