FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INTERNATIONAL UAW ENDORSES RONGIONE
FORMER SESTAK AIDE EARNS BACKING OF INTERNATIONAL UNION OF UNITED AUTOMOBILE, AEROSPACE, AND AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT WORKERS OF AMERICA
DREXEL HILL – The International Union of United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America Region 9, endorsed Rongione in his quest for the 163rd district’s State House seat. The UAW Region 9 represents more than ten thousand workers in Pennsylvania.
“We’re excited to support Rongione,” said Terry Dittes, Director of UAW Region 9. “Rongione has shown he is the best man to look out for jobs in the region and that he cares about the pocketbook issues of our workers. The middle and working class people of this district are behind Rongione and we are too.“
“Jamie Santora hasn’t showed us that he is committed to helping working people in the 163rd, and Rongione has,” said Lauren Farrell, Political Director for UAW Region 9. “Vince has a long record of fighting for working people in Delaware County and across the Commonwealth, and as someone who grew up locally, we trust him to represent our members well.“
The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy. UAW-represented workplaces range from multinational corporations, small manufacturers and state and local governments to colleges and universities, hospitals and private non-profit organizations. The UAW has more than 390,000 active members and more than 600,000 retired members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
“It’s a tremendous endorsement,” Rongione said. “When I worked for Admiral Joe Sestak, it was one of the first endorsements we sought and they were big supporters of his. To have them joining my campaign is an honor. I look forward to fighting alongside these workers for good workplace conditions, good wages, and growing the number of workers at their plants.”
Rongione’s campaign has already announced more than a dozen endorsements from local unions and recently earned the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council, an organization comprising 115 local unions across the state. Santora’s campaign has announced only four union endorsements.
In addition to widening his lead in labor support, Rongione also recently out-fundraised Santora for the second filing period in a row. The dramatic shift in support comes in the wake of Micozzie’s retirement, as Rongione continues to earn support of Micozzie’s past supporters with his deep local roots and pledge to fight against Corbett’s failed agenda.
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. He worked as an aide to Admiral Joe Sestak and also served on Capitol Hill as the Communications Director to Congressman Chris Carney. 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.