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U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Longshoremen endorse Menendez

By David Wildstein, September 06 2018 1:07 pm

The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO (ILA) has endorsed Bob Menendez for reelection to the United States Senate.

“Senator Menendez has a decades-long record of supporting the ILA and the maritime industry and is a major reason why New Jersey’s Port Elizabeth and Port Newark are the number one port on the East Coast.  We need to keep him in Congress to continue to fight for America’s working class, said International ILA president Harold Daggett, whose union represents thousands of dockworkers and personnel at New Jersey’s major U.S. port areas in Newark, Elizabeth, Bayonne and Camden.

Daggett credited Menendez with delivering federal funds to strengthen the economy through port projects in North and South Jersey, including the raising of the Bayonne Bridge.

“Bob Menendez has made fighting for New Jersey’s middle class, expanding workers’ rights and creating good-paying jobs among his top legislative priorities.  The Senator is a vocal advocate for making it easier for workers to unionize and to do so without any fear of retaliation, and has championed policies that protect employees from discrimination in the workplace.  He works to ensure the fair treatment, basic rights, and workplace safety for all workers,” Daggett said. “New Jersey needs to return Sen. Menendez to Washington to keep fighting for the ILA and its members.”

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