Communications Workers of America Local 1298 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 35 Endorse Chris Mattei for Attorney General

Apr 26, 2018 | News | 0 comments

Hartford, CT – Today, the Communications Workers of America Local 1298 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 35 announced their endorsements of Chris Mattei for Attorney General. CWA Local 1298, represents more than 2,500 communication workers across Connecticut. IBEW Local 35, which represents 500 highly skilled workers in central Connecticut. The two locals join eight other labor unions in Connecticut who have endorsed Mattei’s campaign.

“I’m honored to have the support of CWA Local 1298 and IBEW Local 35. As a former union organizer, I know how hard organized labor fights on behalf of working men and women in Connecticut, and these two unions have long led the fight for justice on the job and in our communities. Organized labor has come under an unprecedented attack in recent years by Republicans pushing a radical anti-worker agenda, and as Attorney General I will make sure that agenda finds no foothold in Connecticut,” said former Assistant United States Attorney Chris Mattei.

“We’re proud to support Chris Mattei for Attorney General. Chris has spent his career fighting against the powerful special interests and big corporations who have worked to tilt laws and regulations against the interests of workers and the middle class,” said Dave Weidlich, President of CWA Local 1298. “As a union organizer himself, Chris has walked in our shoes and knows the challenges that workers and families in Connecticut face. As Attorney General, we know he’ll continue to lead the charge in fighting for the progressive policies we need to ensure a living wage, access to quality health care, and restore the public’s trust in government.”

“The members of IBEW Local 35 are proud to support Chris Mattei for Attorney General. He has spent his career bringing those who abuse their power to justice, whether they’re corrupt politicians or scammers who prey on the elderly. I know that Chris is the right person to stand up to contractors who misclassify employees as independent contractors or fraudulently undercut wages,” said Bruce Silva, Business Manager of IBEW Local 35. “Working men and women need elected representatives who recognize the challenges that our families face each and every day to make ends meet. As a former union organizer and corruption prosecutor, Chris shares our values, and we are proud to stand with him in this campaign and beyond.”

CWA Local 1298 and IBEW Local 35 join the Connecticut State Council of Machinists, Sheet Metal Workers Local 40,International Union of Operating Engineers Local 478United Association Local 777 of Plumbers and PipefittersInternational Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 11International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 90International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 488, and the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

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