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Rep. Tom Malinowski. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

SEIU 32BJ backs Malinowski for a second term

By Nikita Biryukov, September 25 2020 9:51 am

The Services Employees International Union 32BJ endorsed Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) Friday, putting their statewide network of roughly 13,000 workers behind the first-term congressman’s re-election bid.

“I’m extremely proud to have the support of the SEIU 32BJ,” Malinowski said. “Service workers have been risking their lives every day during this pandemic, and they deserve to have their healthcare protected by their government — not threatened. I will continue to fight for an economic recovery that leaves no one behind and makes sure essential workers, like those in SEIU 32BJ are protected throughout.”

The group endorsed Malinowski in his 2018 bid against Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton).

Malinowski co-sponsored the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which increased penalties for workers’ rights violations, among other things.

“This year’s historic general election is coming up fast in a few short weeks, and as essential workers who have risked their lives every day during the pandemic, our members support leaders who have fought to keep them safe, and candidates who will fight for them and for all of New Jersey’s working families,” SEIU 32BJ Vice President and New Jersey State Director Kevin Brown said.

The incumbent faces a challenge from State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield).

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