CD 5 race: Dem Cho endorsed by 23 labor unions in fight against GOP’s Garrett

RIDGEWOOD – Roy Cho, the Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, announced the endorsements of nearly two dozen local labor unions on Thursday, encompassing a broad array of the building and craft trades and representing thousands of workers and families.

“I am honored to have the support of so many of the working men and women who literally are building our region’s future,” said Cho, 33, of Hackensack, who is seeking to unseat six-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5), 55, of Wantage. “A vibrant middle class is essential to our economic success and security, but it’s been too often forgotten by a Congress that’s more concerned with putting the corporate special interests over the interests of working families. In Congress, I will always put the voices of our middle-class families first.”

Cho noted his support for increasing the federal minimum wage, extending emergency unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed, and ensuring American jobs are protected in all free trade agreements. Cho specifically noted that increasing the minimum wage and extending emergency unemployment benefits would provide critical assistance to both families and taxpayers by helping to reduce reliance on government assistance programs, such as Medicaid and food stamps.

The Fifth Congressional District includes most of Warren and Sussex counties, a few Passaic municipalities, and parts of Bergen County. 

The 23 unions endorsing Cho are:

Asbestos, Lead & Hazardous Waste Laborers’ Local 78

Boilermakers Local 28

Carpenters Local 253

Dockbuilders and Timbermen Local 1556

Heavy and General Construction Laborers Local 472

IBEW Local 102

IBEW Local 164

Insulators Local 32

International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Admin District Council of NJ Local 4

International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 1

Ironworkers Local 11

Laborers District Council Local 3

Millwright Local 715

OPCMIA – Cement Masons Local 29

Operating Engineers Local 825

Painters District Council 711

Pipefitters Local 274

Plumbers Local 24

Roofers Local 8

Sheet Metal Workers Local 25

Sprinkler Fitters Local 696

Teamsters Local 560

Tile, Marble & Terrazzo, Bricklayers Local 7

  CD 5 race: Dem Cho endorsed by 23 labor unions in fight against GOP’s Garrett