Candidate Mark picks up labor union endorsements

Source: Greenfield Recorder July 5, 2010

Democratic candidate for state representative for the Second Berkshire
District Paul Mark has received three more endorsements from local
labor unions: Massachusetts Nurses Association, Teamsters and UAW.

The various unions represent diverse trades including human services
providers, truck drivers and graduate students.

Teamsters Local 404 is the western Massachusetts truckers’ union; it
also represents police officers, ambulance workers and nurses.

“It’s time for a young, energetic representative who’s come from a
working class family, and who can articulate what needs to be done to
help the working people of the commonwealth,” said Local 404 President
Frank A. Rossi. “Paul is up for the challenge, and we look forward to
working with him.”

Mass. Nurses, the largest health-care union in the state, represents
17,000 members in 80 health care facilities.

“I’m proud to stand alongside nurses and support legislation that will
help stem violence in their workplace, ensure safe staffing levels,
and attain universal health coverage through a single payer system,”
said Mark, a Hancock attorney, one of three Democratic candidates
vying to replace Rep. Denis Guyer in the Sept. 14 primary election.

Mark has also won the endorsement of MassAlliance, a coalition of 22
progressive groups and more than a dozen other labor unions including
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1459, the Pioneer Valley
Building Trades, Carpenters Local 108, Sheetmetal Workers Local 63,
the Heat & Frost Insulators Local 6, Ironworkers Local 7, and Plumbers
& Pipefitters Local 4.

As an active member in the electrical workers union, he has the
support of the I.B.E.W. telephone and electrician locals.