The New Jersey State Council for the Amalgamated Transit Union has endorsed Team Fulop for the November 2nd municipal elections, exclaiming that they “have demonstrated that they stand by the core values of ATU.”
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
This group is the largest transportation workers union in the country, representing roughly 10,000 New Jersey residents and nearly 800 total active and retired members in Jersey City
ATU said this morning they are supporting Team Fulop, as they did in 2017, because of action to raise the city’s minimum wage, a commitment to creating good paying jobs, for all and ensuring that all workplaces exceed safety standards.
“Mayor Fulop has been a strong advocate for working families and the issues that are most important to the dedicated men and women of the Amalgamated Transit Union,” said ATU New Jersey State Council Chairman Orlando Riley.
“From being among the first in the state to begin paying city employees a minimum $15 an hour to expanding paid family sick leave, Mayor Fulop and his team have demonstrated that they stand by the core values of ATU.”
Team Fulop has also secured the backing of the Hotel Trades Council, U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), and the Hudson County Democratic Black Caucus.
“We couldn’t be more proud to support not just Mayor Fulop, but his outstanding City Council team that is working hand in hand with him to deliver for working families and move this community forward,” added ATU Local 821 President Eric Pettiford.
“Jersey City needs to continue having a City Council that will work cooperatively with Mayor Fulop on the many important issues that we face, and that’s why our members will be doing whatever we can to support Team Fulop.”
Fulop is running for his third term alongside Council members Joyce Watterman, Daniel Rivera, Denise Ridley, Mira Prinz-Arey, Rich Boggiano, Yousef Saleh and Jermaine Robinson, as well as Council at-Large candidate Amy DeGise – the chair of the Hudson County Democratic Organization.
The mayor has not yet named the candidate who will challenge Ward E Councilman James Solomon.
“In urban communities like Jersey City our residents rely on public transit every day, whether that means commuting by light rail to work or taking the bus to pick up groceries, and much more,” said Fulop.
“The men and women of the ATU help keep our city running and I’m honored to have their support in this year’s election.”