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Labor Coalition Endorses Kathleen Rice for Reelection

1199SEIU, Teamsters Local 282, IUOE Local 15, and PEF back Rice in NY-04

GARDEN CITY, NY – Congresswoman Kathleen Rice was endorsed today by four major labor unions representing thousands of workers on Long Island as she seeks reelection in New York’s fourth congressional district. The labor coalition endorsing Rice includes 1199SEIU, a powerful union of healthcare workers with more than 220,000 members in the greater New York City area and 9,500 members in Rice’s district; the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 282, which represents more than 1,200 members on Long Island; the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 15, which represents 1,000 members and their families in the district; and the New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF), which represents nearly 5,000 members on Long Island.

"Kathleen Rice has proven throughout her career that she's a leader we can trust to fight for working families," said 1199SEIU Long Island Political Director Michele Lynch. "As District Attorney, Kathleen was a champion for fairness and economic justice. In Congress, Kathleen has been a true ally in the fight for good jobs and wages that can support a family, affordable, high-quality health care, and the right to organize and make our voices heard. Kathleen shares our values and our priorities, and she's an effective advocate we can count on to keep making progress. The members of 1199SEIU are proud to endorse Kathleen Rice for reelection, and we're excited to get to work with her team and make sure Kathleen wins in November."

“The members of Teamsters Local 282 are proud to endorse Kathleen Rice as she seeks reelection to Congress,” said Thomas Gesualdi, President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 282. “We applaud Kathleen’s commitment to restoring the strength of the middle class, boosting wages for working families and laying the foundation for long-term economic growth and enhanced competitiveness in the 21st century economy. We know she will continue to fight for our union members’ interests, and we’re excited to see Kathleen continue to do great things for working men and women on Long Island.”

“Kathleen Rice has been a forceful advocate for working men and women throughout her career and we’re proud to endorse her for reelection,” said Thomas Callahan, President and Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 15. “As our representative in Congress, no one is working harder than Kathleen to create economic opportunity and ensure that working families on Long Island have a secure future. Kathleen is a long-time ally of organized labor and we’re excited to join her grassroots team on the campaign trail.”

“PEF is proud to endorse Congresswoman Kathleen Rice in hopes that she may continue to represent our members,” said PEF Local Leader Nora Higgins. “Her voting record has been well aligned with our priorities, illuminating her concern for the nearly 5,000 members currently working on Long Island. We consist of professional scientific and technical state workers that number approximately 54,000 state-wide. We appreciate the opportunity to support New York and respect Kathleen Rice's commitment to help improve our work and conditions of employment. Be sure to vote for Kathleen Rice on Election Day.”

“I’m proud to receive these endorsements and excited to have these unions joining our team on the ground for the most important stretch of the campaign,” said Congresswoman Kathleen Rice. “The organized labor movement is and has always been a force for real progress for American workers, and I’m grateful to have such committed local partners as we keep working together to make our economy stronger and more inclusive, defend the right to organize and rebuild a vibrant middle class on Long Island.”

Posted on September 28, 2016.
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Kathleen Rice represents New York's Fourth Congressional District on Long Island. A career prosecutor, Kathleen is a progressive Democrat known for her independent style and ability to work with people from both parties to take on big problems.

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