FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THREE MORE BUILDING TRADES BACK RONGIONE
ROOFERS, SPRINKLER FITTERS, ELEVATOR CONSTRUCTORS THROW WEIGHT BEHIND RONGIONE, WIDENING GAP IN LABOR SUPPORT
DREXEL HILL – Three more building trades joined the long list of unions backing Vince Rongione for State Representative in the 163rd on Tuesday. The Roofers Local 30, Sprinkler Fitters Local 692, and Elevator Constructors Local 5 enthusiastically endorsed Rongione, bringing Rongione’s union endorsements to a total of fifteen, far surpassing his opponent.
“Vince is a tireless workers with new ideas and energy that is needed in Harrisburg,” Business Manager Ed Loomis wrote in a letter endorsing Rongione. “Vince has strong ties to the Delaware County community. He grew up in a labor family. Vince knows the values of hardworking families that they deserve good paying jobs and the right to organize.”
“Vince has the experience and values to earn our support.” said Frank Olenick, Business Representative of Roofers Local 30. “On top of that, he has a tenacious work ethic. We are confident that Rongione is the best candidate for the working families of the 163rd, and that he’s the best choice to get Pennsylvania back on track.”
Elevator Constructors Local 5 has over 1,000 members in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South New Jersey. Sprinkler Fitters Local 692 represents over 500 highly skilled members in the fire protection industry. Local 692 works on projects of all sizes, from large commercial projects such as the stadiums for the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and 76ers to residential homes. Roofers Local Union 30 has approximately 1,300 members.
“It’s an honor to have these hard working men and women supporting my campaign,” Rongione said. “The unions in Delaware County are a critical part of our economy and to have them overwhelmingly behind me and our campaign is truly amazing. I look forward to working with them to bring quality jobs back to the district.”
Rongione has earned the support of several Delaware County Building Trades including Plumbers Local 690, Bricklayers Local 1, Painters District Council 21, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19. The addition of these three brings his total to seven Delaware County Building Trades. Santora has earned the public endorsement of only one Delaware County building trade union, despite claiming the support of the organization.
Rongione has also earned the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council, representing over 100 trades unions across the Commonwealth, as well as the endorsements of United Steelworkers Local 10-1, United Steelworkers Local 12698, Bricklayers Local 5, IBEW 614, UFCW 1776, United Transportation Union, and the UAW. 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 has outraised his opponent in both filing periods, bringing in over $100,000. His campaign is the first Democratic campaign to outraise the Republican candidate in the 163rd in recent memory.
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.