FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BRICKLAYERS ENDORSE RONGIONE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
FOURTH ENDORSEMENT FROM A FORMER MICOZZIE SUPPORTER,
SECOND BUILDING TRADE TO ENDORSE GOES TO RONGIONE
DREXEL HILL – Adding to the list of unions that backed Micozzie through the years and now support Vince Rongione, the Bricklayers announced their endorsement of Rongione on Tuesday.
“Vince has a tenacious work ethic and he shares our values on how to create good, career jobs in Delaware County,” said Dennis Pagliotti, President and Manager of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1. “We’re excited to work with him to improve our local economy and invest in public buildings for the 163rd.”
The Bricklayers have a storied history in Philadelphia. The original Bricklayers Company was founded in 1790 and went on strike in 1827 for a 10 hour work day. In 1900 they built their first union hall at 707 N Broad St in Philadelphia. Their new training center produces some of the best trained bricklayers in the country.
Historically, the Delaware County Building Trades have supported Republican candidates including Rep. Nick Micozzie, but so far this election Rongione has picked up two building trades endorsements while Santora has earned none.
“It’s an incredible honor to have earned the support of the Bricklayers Local 1. Building Trade unions are the backbone of our economy, and they all deserve equal treatment, fair pay, and safe working conditions on the job site,” Rongione said. “Pennsylvania Bricklayers are known the world over for their incredible skill and craftsmanship, and I’m excited to work with them to bring more jobs and projects to the 163rd.”
“The future is bright in Delaware County, but we need more good jobs and economic growth that benefits everyone. For too long, too many development projects have pitted different workers against one another. Hard-working people are getting short-changed, and we need a strong advocate in the State House who’s ready to take real, solid positions that help everyone.”
Rongione has earned the endorsement of United Steelworkers Local 10-1, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 614, United Transportation Union, Plumbers Local 690, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776, and Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, the last three of which supported Micozzie in the past.
Vince Rongione is a Drexel Hill resident who grew up on Darby Road. He is a graduate of Manoa Elementary, Haverford Middle and Haverford High School. Rongione has also earned degrees from Villanova and Villanova School of Law. Rongione is the youngest of three children, a proud uncle and godparent with five nieces and nephews. He is engaged to be married later this year. Rongione’s grandfather, who organized one of the first Insurance Worker’s strikes in Philadelphia, moved his family to Upper Darby after returning home from WWII. Rongione’s father, Nick, is a graduate of Monsignor Bonner and was elected to three terms on the Haverford Township School Board including two as President.