FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PENNSYLVANIA STATE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES
COUNCIL ENDORSES RONGIONE
WIDENING LEAD IN LABOR SUPPORT, RONGIONE CONSOLIDATES TRADES
DREXEL HILL – Vince Rongione earned the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council at their council meeting on Sunday evening.
Made up of 16 Regional Council and more than 115 local unions from 15 International Building Trades Unions, the State Council is the largest and highest level organization of building trades in the state. With over ten unions behind his campaign, Rongione has a demonstrative lead in labor support over his opponent who’s announced one trade endorsement.
“The State Building Trades and Construction Council is enthusiastically backing Vince Rongione’s campaign for the 163rd. Forget about which party he belongs to, Vince is the right guy for this district and this community,” said Frank Sirianni, President of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council. “He has the right ideas to bring economic growth to Delaware County and will bring good jobs for those who need it most, middle and working class families.”
“It’s truly humbling earn the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council. This is a huge victory for the campaign,” Rongione said. “I look forward to working with the State Council to fix our economy, bring jobs to the 163rd and get people in the 163rd working again. We need economic growth that works everyone, not Corbett’s corporate friends and big money interests.”
Rongione has earned the endorsements of United Steelworkers Local 10-1, United Steelworkers Local 12698, Plumbers Local 690, Painters District Council 21, Bricklayers Local 1, Bricklayers Local 5, IBEW 614, UFCW 1776, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, Elevator Constructors Local 5, United Transportation Union. Many of these unions previously backed Rep. Nick Micozzie but have chosen Rongione as the best option to replace the long time incumbent.
Rongione’s campaign outraised his opponent during the primary, with over $75,000 raised including an additional $1,000 contribution from 24 hour reporting, and retained an even larger edge in cash remaining on hand. The Rongione campaign also collected 40% more petition signatures than his opponent’s campaign did.
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.