Source: Queens Gazette: I On Politics
By John Toscano
SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, and its New York City Local 137, endorsed Congress Member Carolyn Maloney for reelection in New York’s 12th Congressional District.
“There has been a lot of talk about income inequality, but only a few in Congress actually work to reverse working-class and middle-class wages from continuing to stagnate. Congresswoman Maloney is one of them. She has always fought for fairness and opportunity for working families. This diverse membership of sheet metal workers, conductors, engineers and welders to name just a few, enthusiastically support Carolyn Maloney for reelection,” said Joseph Sellers, Jr., General President of SMART.
“I would like to thank SMART and SMART Local 137 for their support of my candidacy,” said Congress Member Maloney. “The recently passed Republican tax bill was a massive tax giveaway to the fortunate few, at the expense of working families and the kind of infrastructure investments our country needs right now. I look forward to continuing to fight in Congress on behalf of the sheet metal and transportation workers.”
The Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and the United Transportation Union merged in 2008 to form SMART. Today, SMART has 216,000 members and is one of the most diverse unions in North America.
With the Democratic Primary on June 26, Maloney has been endorsed by every City Council member, NYS Assembly member and NYS senator whose districts overlap Maloney’s New York’s 12th Congressional District, along with three citywide elected leaders: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James and City Comptroller Scott Stringer, all four Democratic Borough Presidents and the entire New York House Democratic delegation. In addition, Carolyn Maloney is supported by the AFL-CIO, DC37, Teamsters Local 237, the United Steelworkers District 4, the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Emily’s List, New York State United Teachers, NARAL, End Citizens United, the Sierra Club, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), and more.