FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNITED TRANSPORTATION UNION ON BOARD FOR A NEW DIRECTION IN THE 163RD
AMTRAK WORKERS, SEPTA TROLLEY & BUS DRIVERS, LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS, LIGHT RAIL WORKERS THROW SUPPORT TO RONGIONE
DREXEL HILL – The United Transportation Union endorsed Vince Rongione on Thursday, continuing Rongione’s momentum with labor and widening his lead in endorsements over his opponent Jamie Santora.
“Vince knows that infrastructure and public transportation create jobs and keep our economy moving. He is a young, tireless worker with the kind of new ideas and perspective we need in Harrisburg,” said Paul Pokrowka, Chairman of the Pennsylvania United Transportation Union. “Especially in Delaware County, we need a state representative who will focus on infrastructure improvements and quality public transportation–that’s what Vince will do and that’s what SEPA needs.”
The United Transportation Union is the largest railroad operating union in North America. Their membership includes conductors, brakemen, switchmen, ground service personnel, locomotive engineers, hostlers and workers in associated crafts. In Delaware County, the union represents the Amtrak workers, SEPTA trolley workers, SEPTA bus drivers, among others in related work. An average of more than 10,000 passengers every weekday rely on the Media-Elwyn train line yet over 23% of bridges in Delaware County have been deemed structurally deficient, more than twice the national average.
Prior to announcing his campaign, Rongione wrote a guest column for the Delaware County Daily Times advocating for passage of the much-needed transportation bill, which has since passed and will lead to serious improvements to SEPTA and public transportation in the 163rd.
“Creating jobs through public transportation and infrastructure improvements will be among my top priorities as State Representative for the 163rd district,” said Rongione. “To have the hard working men and women who make the trains, trolleys, and buses run supporting our campaign is a huge boost and lends credibility to the priorities we’ve set forth. I will be tireless advocate for infrastructure improvements because it creates jobs, strengthens our economy, and makes our community a nicer place to live and raise a family.”
Rongione has earned the endorsement of United Steelworkers Local 10-1, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 614, Plumbers Local 690, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776, and Sheet Metal Workers Local 19.
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.
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