Hudson County Central Labor Council endorses Symes for Ward E council

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The Hudson County Central Labor Council endorsed Rebecca Symes for the Jersey City Ward E council seat.

Photo courtesy of the Symes campaign.
Photo courtesy of the Symes campaign.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I would like to thank the Central Labor Council for their endorsement, and for offering their guidance on how to best partner with their members to improve the lives of working families, fight for economic justice in our workplaces, and social justice in our City,” Symes. said in a statement.

“I pledge to support the use of union labor and stand up for the right of workers to make a free choice to form a union and bargain collectively – in an environment free of interference, coercion, harassment, reprisals or delay.”

“Rebecca Symes shares our values. She will fight to protect union members’ rights on the Jersey City Council,” added Hudson County CLC President Peter Busacca.

“Rebecca has made a strong commitment to our members to fight for better wages, safer working conditions, and high-quality benefits. And, her vision for a more progressive Jersey City that includes housing working families can afford and good middle-class jobs that pay living wages makes her the best candidate for Ward E Council.”

Busacca has been the president of the HCCLC since 2002 and has been a union member since 1973.

Last week, the HCCLC also endorsed Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop for re-election and Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5) for Hoboken mayor.

Headquartered in Jersey City, the Hudson County CLC is one of 11 CLC offices in New Jersey. The CLC is an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The Hudson County CLC represents Amalgamated Transit Workers Union NJ State Council, Communication Workers of America Local 1037, Health Professionals and Allied Employees, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 59, International, Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 164 and 827, International Federation of Professional, Technical Engineers Local 194, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 68, International Association of Machinists NJ State Council, Marine Engineers Beneficial Association D-1, Seafarers International Union of North America, Laborers International Union of North America Local 3, AFSCME District Council 1199J, Plumbers UA Local 24, Pipefitters UA Local 274, and Hudson County Central Labor Council Retirees Chapter.