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Democratic House candidate Amy Kennedy. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Transit workers union flips support from Van Drew to Kennedy

By David Wildstein, September 24 2020 11:09 am

The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) is backing Amy Kennedy in her bid to unseat Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in New Jersey’s 2nd district.

This represents a flipped endorsement: the ATU had backed Van Drew in the past, and contributed $1,000 to his re-election campaign in 2019, four months before the freshman congressman switched parties.

“COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on our workers, and we need a fighter in Congress who will always take the side of workers over special interests” said Ray Greaves, International Vice President of ATU. “We proudly endorse Amy Kennedy, because she has a proven record of advocacy for the issues we care about: fair wages, health care and retirement security for all workers.”

The ATU has nearly 200,000 members nationwide.

“Amy understands the importance of organized labor, and as a former union member herself, she is the right person to help us rebuild an economy that is more fair towards the working men and women of New Jersey, including our ATU Local 880 members in South Jersey,” said Greaves.”

Kennedy called public transportation “a vital resource for thousands of South Jersey’s working families.”

“We must ensure that we continue to invest in and expand upon our current systems,” said Kennedy. “In Congress, I will fight for the infrastructure investments that will create union jobs and I will fight to defend the hard-earned benefits of workers and advocate every day for the protections they need to perform their critical duties safely.”

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