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Brigid Callahan Harrison announced her candidacy for Congress. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.
Dr. Brigid Callahan Brigid Callahan Harrison announced her candidacy for Congress. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Teamster’s union president slaps Kennedy in his endorsement of Harrison

By David Wildstein, March 06 2020 11:51 am

Brigid Callahan Harrison has received the endorsements of the Teamsters Local 676 and Teamster Joint Council 53, and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 36 for her bid to become the Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district.

“Brigid Harrison is ready to serve New Jersey’s second district.  She is a nationally recognized public policy expert who can speak to literally any issue,” said Howard Wells, the president of Teamsters Local 676 and secretary-treasurer of Joint Council 53.  “There will be no on the job training for Brigid.”

UFCW Local 360 president Sam Ferraino pointed to Harrison’s 25-year membership in the American Federation of teachers Local 1904.

“Harrison’s values are very much in line with our members’. She is what we need – a regular citizen, who will advocate for collective bargaining and affordable health care,” said Ferraino, “She is not a politician who puts politics before the best interest of their constituents. She has been an active and well-respected leader in her community for 30 years and has always stood up for what is right, even when it was tough.”

Wells said part of his decision to back Harrison was in response to mischaracterizations of union leadership by another candidate, Amy Kennedy.

“For the last month New Jersey labor has been under attack by Ms. Kennedy,” Wells said. “In fundraising emails and in public speeches, she has mischaracterized union leadership, dismissed the anchor of democracy that is inherit in our unions, and attempted to minimize the importance of our agenda to protect working men and women of our state.”

Wells said that Harrison’s dominance in union endorsements was the root of Kennedy’s complaints.

“Time and time again, what Ms. Kennedy still does not seem to understand is that Brigid support comes from decades of her supporting each of us,” said Wells. “Brigid began showing up long before she ever chose to run for Congress and has been involved in the lives of working families for a very long time.”

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