Second telecommunications local endorses Clark in run for Markey’s 5th District seat
From the Katherine Clark campaign, Sept. 13: State Sen. Katherine Clark, a Melrose Democrat, has won the backing of IBEW Local 2321 in her run for Congress.
“Katherine Clark stands out among the candidates in this race,” said Ed Starr, business manager for IBEW Local 2321. “Sen. Clark’s recent support of call center workers in Massachusetts is a strong indication to our members of her commitment to keeping middle-class jobs in the state. When our members, many of them women, were told that they would have to relocate to a job almost 100 miles away, Sen. Clark stood up and added her voice in opposition to the employer’s plan. We are proud to support Katherine Clark for Congress and will mobilize our members to ensure she is elected this fall.”
As the country gradually climbs out of the Great Recession, Republicans in Congress are trying to steer the country off the path to recovery by attacking women’s rights, repealing Obamacare and shutting down the federal government, Clark said. In Washington, she vowed to change the conversation to the agenda outlined in her Pledge to Women and Families: securing pay equity for women, increasing the minimum wage, investing in early education and stopping the epidemic of gun violence facing the country.
Clark also has the backing of IBEW Local 2222. The two locals are the largest telecommunication locals in the state, representing thousands of workers in Massachusetts.
“It’s an honor to have the support of IBEW Local 2321 along with IBEW Local 2222,” Clark said. “In Congress, I’ll fight for every family across the 5th Congressional District, because progress can’t wait any longer on pay equity, on a livable wage for all of our workers and on investing in our future by ensuring a first class education for every student.”
“Sen. Clark has been a tireless advocate for working families in the state Legislature and we know she will continue to act on their behalf in Congress,” said Myles Calvey, business manager and financial secretary for IBEW Local 2222. “As a labor union, it is imperative that we do not simply back those who make promises to union leaders, but that we support candidates who will fight for our middle class and the communities in which our members and their families live and work.”
Katherine has also been endorsed by the United Steelworkers Union Local 12012, Ironworkers Local 7, NAGE/IBPO/SEIU Local 5000, Teamsters Local 25, IBEW Local 123 and the Women’s Campaign Fund. She has been placed “On The List” by Emily’s List and has the backing of Attorney General Martha Coakley, Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan, city councillor and state Rep. Marjorie Decker and State Rep. Paul Brodeur, a Melrose Democrat.