Two Teamsters locals endorse Rhodes for Congress

Two Teamsters units representing about 7,400 union members in the Hudson Valley have endorsed Gareth Rhodes as their preferred candidate among the seven Democrats running in a June 26 primary in New York’s 19th Congressional District.

Rhodes also was endorsed last month by Communications Workers of America Local 1120, which has about 2,000 members in the region. His campaign touted the new endorsements by Teamsters Local 445 and Local 456 as a sign that labor leaders are coalescing around him, noting that he’s the only Democratic contender who has won endorsements from local unions (Brian Flynn, another candidate in the race, has been endorsed by the Transport Workers Union). It expects union members to call voters and knock on doors to rally support for Rhodes in the primary.

“Gareth’s working-class upbringing here in NY-19, his hard work farming and drilling wells, putting himself through college, record of public service, and lifelong commitment to labor unions make him the candidate that organized labor can rally behind to beat John Faso,” Barry Russell, principal officer of Local 445, said in a campaign press release. His approach going to all 163 towns in NY-19 shows a commitment to representing all the working people of this community that no candidate can come close to.”

Roughly 6,000 of the 7,400 members of the two Teamsters locals live in the 19th District, according to Rhodes’ campaign.


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