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Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association Endorses Chris Pappas for Congress

 

Manchester, NH – Today, Chris Pappas was endorsed by the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association (MPPA) for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

“We’ve worked with Chris for a number of years. He’s a strong, proven leader on issues of public safety and supporting policies that protect New Hampshire communities,” said MPPA President Ken Chamberlain.

“Because of Chris’s leadership, law enforcement has the resources it needs to tackle the complicated challenges in our communities. Whether it’s fighting for funds to combat the opioid crisis or ensuring we have the resources to keep our neighborhoods safe, Chris will always work to bring people together to strengthen public safety and support local law enforcement. We are proud to stand with Chris, because he always stands with us,” said Chamberlain.

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association,” said Chris Pappas. “Members of law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. They are a critical partner in our efforts to build a stronger future for New Hampshire families, and I’ll always stand with them,” said Pappas.

In addition to the MPPA, Chris Pappas has earned the support of Granite State Teamsters Local 633, IBEW Local 490, IBEW Local 2320, and IATSE Local 195.

IATSE local 195 Endorses Chris Pappas For Congress In NH’s 1st Congressional District

Manchester, NH – Today, IATSE Local Union 195 (New Hampshire/ Lowell, MA) endorsed Chris Pappas for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

“We are proud to endorse Chris Pappas for Congress,” said Joyce Cardoza, Business Agent of IATSE Local Union 195.

“We believe that we need leaders representing our members and Granite Staters that are willing to roll up their sleeves and fight for the causes that matter. Chris Pappas is that type of leader. Time and time again, Chris has demonstrated that he is a champion for working families and an advocate for New Hampshire workers. We are proud to stand with Chris.”

“I’m so honored to receive the support of IATSE Local 195,” said Chris Pappas.

“I’m proud to be standing alongside IATSE Local 195 as we continue the fight for expanded opportunities that empower the hardworking people of the Granite State. I’m grateful for the support of IATSE Local 195 in this campaign.”

IATSE Local Union 195 represents Skilled Stagehands and Craftspeople who serve the live performances, events, and entertainment industry of NH and Lowell, MA

This is the fourth labor organization to endorse Chris Pappas.  He has won the support of Granite State Teamsters Local 633, IBEW Local 490, and IBEW Local 2320.

The NH AFL-CIO Endorses Mark MacKenzie For Congress In NH’s 1st District

Today the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Executive Council is pleased to announce its endorsement of its former President, Mark Mackenzie in his race to succeed Representative Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire first Congressional District.

“Mark Mackenzie served as President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO for twenty-five years. During his tenure he fought to provide opportunities for working families across New England. Former President Mackenzie spent twenty years fighting fires and protecting the Greater-Manchester community. When Mark was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, organized labor gained an invaluable asset in the legislature. The New Hampshire AFL-CIO Executive Council knows that Mark Mackenzie will go to Washington and use his experience as a union member to fight for the betterment of all working families,” wrote the NH AFL-CIO in their endorsement announcement.

The Executive Council is proud to endorse Representative Mark Mackenzie in his campaign for Congress. His proven leadership is what the working people of New Hampshire deserve.

“I am proud to have this endorsement,” said MacKenzie. “the AFL-CIO has a long history of standing up for all working people and that is why I want to go to Washington. It is good to know that the labor movement understands how important it is to have a working person win this race. This really is a campaign about what all of us can do together to change the direction of our country.”

“I spent over 25 years fighting fires in Manchester”, continued MacKenzie “and I always went into a fire knowing that my sisters and brothers had my back. That’s what this endorsement means to me – the working people of NH have my back and together we are going to have a strong, sucessful campaign.”

“I promise to take on the powers that be – to fight for Medicare for all, for good jobs in a clean environment, and for an end to economic inequality.  I know that the working women and men in NH are just as concerned as I am about the continual rise in income inequality, the skyrocketing costs of health care and college debt. I know that my lifelong commitment to these issues is why the NH AFL-CIO has chosen to endorse me.  Together we are going to win this election.”

The NH AFL-CIO represents over 20,000 members and their families in New Hampshire.


Mark MacKenzie is a member of Local 856 of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) for over forty years and was the President of the NH AFL-CIO for 25 years.  He is currently a state representative from Manchester.

National Association of Letter Carriers (Branch 44) Endorses Mark MacKenzie

The MacKenzie for Congress campaign today announced the endorsement of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 44. The NALC, Branch 44 represents over 500 Letter Carriers working in New Hampshire.

National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 44 (New Hampshire Merged) has voted to endorse State Representative Mark MacKenzie for Congress in NH CD1. Branch 44 is the largest NALC Branch in the State of New Hampshire with over 500 members.

Branch 44 President Dan Yianakopolos stated that “Mark has stood with Letter Carriers and working people countless times in the past and I’m sure he will continue to do that in the future. Mark is someone I know we can depend on. Mark stood with Letter Carriers and all Postal Workers in rallies throughout the state when our jobs were threatened in the past and we will need his strong voice in the future as we see many threats on the horizon from the current administration.”

NALC Branch 44 represents Letter Carriers in 21 cities and towns throughout New Hampshire. President Dan Yianakopolos continued, “Mark knows firsthand what it’s like to stand up and fight for the greater good both as a 25 year Manchester Firefighter and his 25 years as the NH AFL CIO President. His track record of serving the public is unmatched. We enthusiastically endorse Mark MacKenzie for Congress and I’m sure many of our members will be knocking on doors and making phone calls on Marks behalf. Mark is more responsible for turning New Hampshire from a Red State to a Blue State than anyone. We look forward to see him also changing the tone in DC to one that prioritizes working people.”

“I am very pleased to have the unwavering support of the our local letter carriers that are so vital in the day to day lives of people all across New Hampshire,”1st congressional candidate MacKenzie said. ” I’m certain our campaign will benefit from the commitment and volunteer hours that these hard working women and men will bring to our campaign.”

The NALC joins the United Steel Workers, Service Employees International Union Local 560, Sheet Metal Workers Local 7 and United Food and Commercial Workers in endorsing Mark MacKenzie for Congress.

UFCW Locals 791, 1445 Endorse Mark MacKenzie For Congress

The MacKenzie for Congress campaign today announced the endorsement of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Locals 791 and 1445.

“On behalf of the New Hampshire members of United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 791 and 1445 we would like to congratulate you on your decision to run for US Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District, and proudly endorse you in your campaign,” wrote Peter Derouen  (UFCW Local 791 ) and Jim Carvalho (UFCW Local 1445).

“Thank you for your leadership in the past, and all the support you gave our members as President of the New Hampshire AFL CIO.  We are excited to have a union brother take on the challenge of ensuring working families in the state of New Hampshire are not left behind in our current economy.’

It is without a doubt that you are the only candidate in this race that understands the policies that truly affect New Hampshire’s men and women, and we know you would be a tremendous advocate for the middle class in Washington DC.  Your campaign is an exciting opportunity for New Hampshire, and we are proud to endorse you for the 1st Congressional District,” Derouen and Caralho concluded.

“I am very proud to accept the support of both local UFCW Locals representing working families in New Hampshire,”  MacKenzie said. Our campaign is gaining momentum, and the women and men of the UFCW will play an important part in helping us win this campaign for all of us, not just the wealthy few.”

UFCW Locals 1445 and 791 represent over 15,000 workers, over 200 of whom live in New Hampshire.  The UFCW joins the United Steel Workers, Service Employees International Union Local 560 and Sheet Metal Workers Local 7 in endorsing Mark MacKenzie for Congress.

IBEW Local 2320 Endorses Chris Pappas For Congress

Manchester, NH – Garnering his second union endorsement Chris Pappas announced that IBEW Local 2320 has endorsed  his run for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

“IBEW Local Union 2320 is proud to endorse Chris Pappas for Congress,” said Business Manager Steve Soule.

“Chris Pappas has been a friend and advocate for our members throughout his time in public service.  He’s someone we can trust to tirelessly fight for New Hampshire’s working families.  Washington needs more members of Congress with the values and community outlook that Chris possesses.  We enthusiastically support him in this race.”

“It’s an honor to have the support of Local 2320 in my race for Congress,” Chris Pappas said.

“Whether it’s investing in infrastructure or expanding middle class opportunity, I am committed to taking steps in Congress that will help build a brighter future for New Hampshire.  I am grounded in the people and places of this state, and I want to ensure that working families have a voice in Washington.  I am very thankful for the support of IBEW Local 2320 in this campaign.”

Local IBEW 2320 represents highly trained, professional women and men in all corners of New Hampshire.  The union is comprised of a talented group of individuals in many differing fields including Administrative Specialists, Automotive Mechanics, Building Equipment Mechanics, Circuit Design Specialists, CDL A & CDL B Truck Drivers, Community College Professors, Customer Service, Equipment Installation Technicians, Facility Design & Inventory Specialists, Fiber Splice Technicians, HVAC Technicians, Information Technology Specialists, Line Construction, Payroll Processing, Power Distribution Technicians, Security Officers, Stock Room Attendants, and Workers in the Nuclear Industry.

Pappas was recently endorsed by the Teamsters Union local 633.

Joyce Craig Garners Endorsement Of Manchester Firefighter Unions

Manchester, NH – Today in front of Manchester Fire’s Station 8, the Queen City’s two firefighter unions weighed into the contentious race for Mayor with their endorsement of former Alderman Joyce Craig.

“Manchester is in desperate need of a new vision for our city and its fire department. Over Mayor Gatsas’ tenure, staffing at the department has been reduced while the city has experienced a continuous increase in call volume and hazardous situations. As a 31 year veteran of the department, I am increasingly alarmed by the dangers and long term effects our firefighters face as they perform their mission to protect life and property. Simply stated we need a change and it must originate from the top,” said James Michael, President of the Manchester Association of Fire Supervisors, IAFF Local 3820. 

“Our members pride themselves on their effective and efficient answering of every call, to every home and every business in need. We see firsthand the lack of efficiency and effectiveness in running our city, most recently through Mayor Ted Gatsas’ tall tale of saving Station 9 in his underfunded budget. As a lifelong resident of our city, I can say that smoke and mirrors does not result in a clear vision for our community. It is time that a change come to City Hall, and today we announce that Joyce is our choice as the next Mayor of Manchester,” said Jeff Duval, President of the Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 856.

“I am proud to receive the support of the Manchester Association of Fire Supervisors and the Manchester Professional Firefighters Association. Our firefighters risk their lives to respond to an increasing amount of emergency calls and hazardous situations with outstanding professionalism and dedication. I also want to thank our firefighters for their leadership and service implementing the Safe Station program. They have opened their doors to more than 2,000 people seeking help for substance use disorder. I look forward to working with our public safety officials to address our challenges and move Manchester forward,” said Joyce Craig, Candidate for Mayor of Manchester.

Joyce Craig is running against the current Mayor of Manchester, Ted Gatsas.  This election rematch is shaping up to be a very tight race.

The firefighters have not held anything back when talking about the failed leadership of Mayor Gatsas.  In his campaign announcement, Gatsas proclaimed he “saved a fire station from closing,” The firefighters quickly tamped that out in their statement.

“The people of Manchester are tired of Teddy’s tall tales. Mayor Gatsas’ claim to having ‘saved a fire station from closing’ skirts the fact that the Mayor’s proposed budget underfunded the Manchester Fire Department from the start. Chief Goonan and his administration warned the Board of Mayor and Aldermen repeatedly that restricting his budget would result in station closures,” said the Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association and the Manchester Association of Fire Supervisors in a joint statement.

“Not until the final warning came and sufficient plans were presented did the Board act to keep Station 9 open in an emergency meeting. Mayor Gatsas’ careless delays and ignoring public safety professionals’ warnings put lives at risk, and now he wants the credit for fixing a problem he created. Enough is enough,” the firefighters added.


Be sure to follow the NH Labor News for more updates on the Manchester Mayoral Race.

NH Building and Construction Trades Council Endorses Kevin Cavanaugh

Concord, NH – Today, the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council endorsed Kevin Cavanaugh in the Democratic primary for the upcoming District 16 special election. District 16 includes Bow, Candia, Dunbarton, Hooksett, and Manchester Wards 1, 2, and 12.

“We’re excited to support Kevin Cavanaugh in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. He knows how to get things done and has always looked out for every day people who are working to earn a living and raise their family here in New Hampshire. He has a proven record of common sense solutions that would be an asset in the Senate,” said Steve Burke, President of the NH Building and Construction Trades Council.

“It’s an honor to have the support of the Building and Construction Trades Council. I’ve spent years advocating for families who are one injury or sickness away from financial devastation and I want to make sure we have protections in place that support hard working Granite Staters,” said Kevin Cavanaugh.

The New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council Represents more than 2,500 New Hampshire workers.

Kevin Cavanaugh has also been endorsed by six other organizations representing local educators, fire fighters, and law enforcement, as well 34 area leaders (full list). The primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 6th.

About Kevin Cavanaugh

Kevin was born and raised in Manchester and has spent the past 32 years as a blue collar worker. He has coached High School Football at Memorial and West as well as multiple youth hockey, soccer, baseball, and softball teams. Kevin was first elected to the Board of Alderman in 2015. He lives in Manchester Ward 1 with his wife and three children who are all in the New Hampshire public school system.

NEA-New Hampshire Recommends Kevin Cavanaugh for Senate District 16 Special Election

Members of the NEA-NH Executive Board with their recommended candidate for the District 16 Senate Special Election, Kevin Cavanaugh.

 

CONCORD – Today, after a unanimous Executive Board vote, NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest public sector union, announced their recommendation of working families advocate and community leader Kevin Cavanaugh for Senate District 16 in the upcoming special election.

“As a father who proudly sent all three of my kids to New Hampshire public schools and graduated from Manchester public school myself, I’m honored to earn the recommendation of NEA-NH. Its important to me that our kids get a top-notch education so they can reach their fullest potential,” said Kevin Cavanaugh. “Schools are the foundation of our community, which is why it’s critical that educators are supported and empowered to keep inspiring our children to think big.”

“We are excited to support Kevin Cavanaugh, because he knows that growing New Hampshire’s economy starts with having a public education that makes young families want to stay to ensure their kids can get a good education,” said NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle. “This race is particularly important to us because of our history with Scott McGilvray and we’re confident that Kevin will make kids a priority, just like Scott always did. Like Scott, Kevin will be a fresh face in the Senate, with new ideas, willing to work with everyone to move New Hampshire forward. ”

NEA-New Hampshire represents 17,000 Granite State educators, including over 550 members in Senate District 16, which includes the towns of Bow, Candia, Dunbarton, Hooksett and Wards 1, 2, and 12 in the city of Manchester.

A recommendation is the fullest and most complete level of support NEA-NH can give a candidate.


NEA-New Hampshire is the largest union of public employees in the state. Founded in 1854, the New Hampshire State Teachers Association became one of the “founding ten” state education associations that formed the National Education Association in 1857. Known today as NEA-NH, and comprised of more than 17,000 members, our mission to advocate for the children of New Hampshire and public school employees, and to promote lifelong learning, remains true after more than 150 years. Our members are public school employees in all stages of their careers, including classroom teachers and other certified professionals, staff and instructors at public higher education institutions, students preparing for a teaching career, education support personnel and those retired from the profession.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s Metal Trades Council Endorses Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate

hassan-psny-metal-trade2Metal Trades Council President: “Governor Hassan is a true champion of the shipyard and its workers, and we know she’ll be our voice in the Senate” 

Governor Hassan: “The Shipyard plays such a critical role in our national security and in the Senate, I’ll fight tirelessly to strengthen the Shipyard”

PORTSMOUTH – Today, Governor Maggie Hassan accepted the Metal Trades Council endorsement – the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s largest trade union. Governor Hassan received the endorsement this afternoon in Portsmouth. 

“I’m tremendously proud to have the endorsement of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s Metal Trades Council,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Thanks to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of its workers, the Shipyard continues to set the gold standard for productivity. The Shipyard plays such an important role in both national security and the Seacoast economy. In the Senate, I’ll work to strengthen the Shipyard and I will vigorously fight any attempt to close the facility – including opposing a new Base Closure and Realignment Commission round. I look forward to doing everything within my power to make sure Congress invests in the Shipyard’s workforce and infrastructure, including modernizing and enhancing the efficiency of the Shipyard’s facilities and preparing the workers of tomorrow through STEM education programs.

“Governor Hassan is a true champion of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and its workers, and we know she’ll be our voice in the Senate,” said Metal Trades Council President Mark Vigliotta. “From her time as a State Senator to the Governor’s office, Maggie Hassan has delivered results for New Hampshire’s workers and there’s nobody better prepared to stand up for us in Washington.”

hassan-psny-metal-trade1“I’ve seen firsthand Governor Maggie Hassan’s commitment to protecting the Shipyard and it’s workers,” said former Metal Trades Council President Paul O’Connor. “To build on the progress she’s been able to make by bringing people together here in New Hampshire, we need to send Governor Hassan to the Senate. I know that Governor Hassan will always fight to keep the Shipyard open and to protect our workforce, and Washington could use her commonsense and commitment to bipartisan problem solving.”  

As a State Senator, Maggie Hassan helped turn back a misguided effort to close the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. She sponsored– and secured unanimous bipartisan passage of – legislation providing state funding for the Seacoast Shipyard Association, which played a pivotal role in saving the Shipyard from the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC). 

As Governor, she has fought for critical Shipyard priorities including helping secure funding to replace the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which provides a crucial rail link to the Shipyard. In order to boost the economy and strengthen the economic security of thousands of Granite Staters, And she has worked to expand access to Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in our schools to ensure a 21st century workforce pipeline for all industries in New Hampshire. 

In the United States Senate, she will fight any attempt to close the facility – including opposing a new Base Closure and Realignment Commission round. And she will also work to fully reverse sequestration and end the threat of uncertain budgets and furloughs. She will support new barracks and dry dock refurbishment, ensure that the Shipyard’s personnel get full per diems when they travel, fully fund the submarine fleet that the Navy says it needs, and look for new ways to diversify and expand the Shipyard’s mission going forward.

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