Unions endorse Karen McMahon in bid for the 146th Assembly District seat

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State Assembly candidate Karen McMahon announced that she has received endorsements from seven labor unions in her bid to represent the 146th Assembly District. McMahon is a mother, a lawyer and an advocate for students with disabilities who understands the vital role unions play in advancing workers’ rights.

“We can only move forward when we work together,” McMahon said. “Unions are at the heart of that. We need to make sure they are protected now more than ever. When we support unions, we lift up the middle class and build a bright future for Western New York.”

McMahon is committed to standing up for unions in Albany, including protecting the right to collective bargaining. She’ll also fight to keep public employees’ personal information, including addresses and phone numbers, private to protect them from harassment by anti-union groups.

“We support Karen for Assembly because we need an advocate in Albany. She will be a powerful voice for working families in Albany and a proud defender of public education,” said Michelle Licht, President of the Williamsville Teachers Association. “She understands what is important to us and us willing to fight for it.”

McMahon will also advocate to bring good-paying jobs and strengthen job training programs, both of which will help attract the next generation of workers to Western New York. To keep their cost of living down, she’ll fight for affordable and reliable health care that covers families regardless of pre-existing conditions.

“Karen is strong on all the issues that are important to our members from the right to affordable, high quality healthcare, quality education for our children to protecting the environment,” said Debora Hayes, Communications Workers of America Area 1 District Director. “She believes in the principles of organized labor, including fair labor standards, a livable wage, the right to organize and collectively bargain, and economic security for working families.”

McMahon has been endorsed by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the New York State American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1342, Ironworkers Local 6, Western New York Council of Communications Workers of America (WNY CWA), United Auto Workers of America (UAW) New York State Region 9 and Elevator Constructors Local 15.