The week starts off with another endorsement in the Democratic race for governor -- this time it's Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 (the union for Pittsburgh-area transit workers) giving its nod to Katie McGinty.
Full statement below:
PITTSBURGH---Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 today announced their endorsement of Katie McGinty in the Democratic Primary for Governor
"We support Katie McGinty because she supports the hard-working families of Pennsylvania that rely on public transit. Katie is strongly committed to mass transit. She knows mass transit is an economic lifeline for hundreds of thousands of hardworking Pennsylvanians and must be part of any transportation plan for the state," said Local 85 Secretary-Treasurer Sabatino DiNardo.
Local 85 represents 2,200 active transit workers and 2,800 retired workers employed by the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Its members consist of operators, maintenance, first level supervisors, secretaries, and some support staff.
"Having grown up in a working class family, Katie is committed to improving the lives of every Pennsylvania family," said DiNardo. "Katie supports making sure every worker earns a fair wage, every child gets a quality education, every qualified child can afford college, and every family has access to quality health care. She will be a governor who will put families first."
McGinty said the union's support shows growing momentum for her campaign.
"I am honored to have the support of the hard working men and women of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85. We share the same commitment to creating jobs and improving the lives of working families. Rebuilding our state's infrastructure, including mass transit, is crucial to rebuilding our state's economy and putting people back to work. Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians rely on mass transit every day to get to work, visit their doctors, and do their shopping. Investing in mass transit improves the lives of Pennsylvanians and makes our state more competitive," McGinty said.