RANSPORT WORKERS LOCAL 234 AND BROTHERHOOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS AND TRAINMEN JOIN UNITED TRANSPORTATION UNION IN SUPPORT OF RONGIONE
DREXEL HILL – Two more transportation unions endorsed Vince Rongione for State Representative this week. The Transport Workers Local 234 and the Pennsylvania Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen endorsed Rongione’s campaign, joining the United Transportation Union who endorsed Rongione in the Spring.
“Vince is the best choice for infrastructure jobs, public transportation and clearly the best choice for middle class families,” said Willie Brown, President of TWU Local 234. “We are confident he will fight for good jobs, fair pay, and will always look to grow and improve the infrastructure and public transportation serving Delaware County and the 163rd.”
TWU Local 234 has 5,589 active members including, SEPTA transportation workers as well as sanitation workers in Upper Darby Township.
“Vince is an extremely hard worker, a strong advocate and someone we trust to look out for middle class families,” said Ken Kertesz, Chairman Pennsylvania State Legislative Board. “We’ve seen his good work on behalf of Pennsylvania families before and we know he will do a great job as State Representative.”
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen is North America’s oldest rail labor union. It represents Locomotive Engineers, Conductors, Brakemen, Firemen, Switchmen, Hostlers and other Train Service Employees on numerous railroads in the United States. The BLET’s total membership is more than 55,000 and growing.
“I will always work hard and put the middle class ahead of corporate interests,” Rongione said. “That is why I am so honored to have the transportation unions united behind my campaign because, high-quality infrastructure and public transportation are essential for our local economy and for our middle class to thrive.”
Thus far in the campaign, Rongione’s campaign has received the support of over fifteen different local unions that represent workers in the district including many unions that supported long time Rep. Nick Micozzie. Rongione’s widening lead in labor support is unprecedented in the 163rd given Micozzie’s long tenure and good relations with labor. He also carries the endorsement of the statewide AFL-CIO and the statewide AFL-CIO Building Trades Council. Rongione has established himself as the clear choice for middle-class families in the race for the 163rd.
Vince Rongione is a Drexel Hill resident who grew up on Darby Road in Havertown. 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.