The Communications Workers of America, one of the state’s largest and most politically influential labor unions, today endorsed Valerie Vainieri Huttle for State Senate in the 37th district.
“It didn’t take a pandemic for Valerie Huttle to understand it’s important to have the back of working men and women,” said Hetty Rosenstein, CWA NJ Area Director. “Huttle always fights for people and their families. And we need her in the State Senate to keep fighting for progressive issues, women’s issues, equality, and human services.”
Vainieri Huttle, an eight-term assemblywoman from Englewood, faces Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood) in a fight for the Senate vacancy triggered by Loretta Weinberg’s retirement announcement earlier this month.
“Huttle’s consistently shown a substantive engagement with both people and policy. Huttle stands in striking contrast with the superficiality and shallowness we’ve sadly seen from machine politicians for far too long,” Rosenstein said.
CWA represents over 70,000 working families in New Jersey, including 40,000 state employees and 15,000 who work for county and municipal governments.
Shawn Ludwig, the CWA Local 1038 president, praised Vainieri Huttle for stepping up when child welfare worker Leah Coleman was stabbed over 20 times and killed.
“It wasn’t just talk,” said Ludwig. “Vainieri Huttle led the charge on ‘Leah’s Law’ – to enhance safety and security for caseworkers both in the field and in the office. Vainieri Huttle knows how to take action to help people.”
Three other union leaders praised Vainieri Huttle’s record in the legislature.
“Valerie Huttle understands the value of the institutions our members work in each and every day,” said Carolyn Wade, CWA Local 1040 President. “Huttle is deeply versed in policy, and also deeply engaged. She cares about the work our members do and how it matters to clients, parents and the entire state.”
CWA Local 1036 President Carolyn Wade said that Vainieri Huttle is “Valerie Huttle understands the value of the institutions our members work in each and every day.”
“Through my work with the New Jersey Time To Care Coalition, I’ve seen up-close how much Valerie Huttle values working families,” said Michele Liebtag CWA Local 1036. “Huttle’s commitment to family leave and the needs of parents is long-standing. And every mom, dad and grandparent who needed leave to take care of kids during the COVID pandemic should know they have Valerie Huttle to thank.”
“As someone who grew up in Teaneck, lives in Hackensack and works for CWA, I’ve witnessed first-hand how Valerie Huttle puts families first, protects children and honors seniors.” said Estina Baker, CWA Senior Campaign Lead. “Our members know that Valerie Huttle is the one person we can always count on.”