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April 5, 2018 | Press Release


Rochester, NY – Today, Joe Morelle announced that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), Local 118, has endorsed his candidacy for the 25th Congressional District. Representing over 80 employers in the Rochester area, IBT is the second union endorsement Morelle has received.

“Joe Morelle has been a tireless advocate for the labor community from the very beginning of his career, fighting alongside our working men and women to boost job creation, enhance public safety, and secure vital worker protections,” said Paul Markwitz, President of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 118. “He is the advocate we need to fight back against special interests in Washington who continue to focus their efforts on lining the pockets of wealthy corporations at the expense of our members and hardworking Americans.”


“Labor unions are a cornerstone of our workforce – their dedication to fighting for and securing vital worker protections has been essential to the success of our middle class. My father was a lifetime member of his union, so I am especially honored to have the support of these incredible men and women,” said Morelle. “I have been proud to fight alongside our brothers and sisters in labor throughout my career to create more job opportunities, expand access to quality health care, and guarantee a fair wage for all. I will continue that fight in Washington so that all workers receive the essential protections they deserve.”


Morelle, who currently serves as a state Assemblymember representing the towns of Brighton, Irondequoit and parts of the city of Rochester, has spent a lifetime in public service working to advance the best interests of his community. In the Assembly, Morelle has successfully fought for the passage of legislation to raise the minimum wage in New York State, establish paid family leave to ease the burden on our working families, improve access to healthcare for all people, bring millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements to our area, and increase workforce development training to ensure individuals have the skills and training they need to be successful.

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