Labor endorses Delgado’s Council candidate

 Ana Mascenik Endorsed by Labor Council

PERTH AMBOY — A City Council candidate affiliated with Billy Delgado’s mayoral campaign have won the endorsement of the American Federation of Laborers-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) political action committee for Middlesex County.

Ana Mascenik, who recently returned from the Democratic National Convention in South Carolina where she was an Obama delegate, spoke to Middlesex-Somerset County Central Labor Council members at the Rutgers University center for labor studies.

The panel readily endorsed Mascenik, who is running for the Perth Amboy City Council with Jose Santos on Delgado’s slate. An earlier report incorrectly stated that the panel also endorsed Santos, but the union leaders only considered backing Mascenik so far and the panel will hear from more Perth Amboy candidates on Oct 11.

“Today’s harsh economic conditions were not created by the middle class,” said Mascenik. “They were created by the greed of Wall Street profiteers, yet working families are being blamed.”

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“Americans know that our roads, highways, and bridges need fixing and millions of jobs are at stake so this endorsement is meaningful,” said Delgado. “Unfortunately, that message has been lost on Republicans in Washington, who through inaction and obstruction are preventing millions of people from getting back to work on rebuilding America.”

While Woodbridge politicians are hoping to block a labor endorsement for Delgado, the candidate has been invited to speak at an upcoming session.

“The labor movement continues to fight not only for its members, but for all New Jersey’s working families, the men and women in the community,” said state AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “We are all in this together—we are all part of the community and share many of the same concerns such as educating our children, creating jobs, ensuring public safety, updating and improving our transportation system and providing much needed relief for middle-class families.“

Mayor Wilda Diaz strongly supported Gov. Chris Christie when he joined Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Ohio’s John Kasich and other Republicans who have attacked the collective bargaining rights of public service workers by taking away the rights of half a million public employees to bargain for health care.


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