The largest union in Massachusetts endorsed Ed Markey for senate today: The Massachusetts Teachers Association, with 110,000 members in virtually every community in the state, gave their full support to Congessman Markey. Here’s an excerpt:
“Congressman Markey has been a strong and effective advocate for public education and the rights of working men and women,” said MTA President Paul Toner. “He knows how to get things done. He is intelligent, hard-working and principled. If Ed Markey is elected, we are confident he will fight as hard for students and public education in the U.S. Senate as he has done in the House.”
At the same time, the National Education Association, the nation’s largest professional services organization, threw their support to Markey after interviewing both candidates. From the same MTA web page linked above:
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said, “Ed Markey has been a friend of educators, students and organized labor for over 30 years. NEA is proud to stand behind him for U.S. Senate. Representative Markey has fought hard for Massachusetts workers and families, protecting vital programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and education from cuts. He’s shown unwavering commitment to educators and students during his career in Congress, and that’s exactly the kind of education advocate we need in the Senate.”
After interviewing the candidates and reviewing their voting records and responses to a questionnaire, the MTA’s Candidate Recommendation Committee voted to recommend Markey to the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, the NEA’s political action committee. The NEA formally approved that recommendation today.
We’ll be gathering signatures for Ed this weekend and next in the Milford area – see you on the campaign trail!