PA-13: 16th Union Backs Boyle
State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Phila) won yet another endorsement Tuesday in his bid to replace outgoing Rep. Allyson Schwartz.
He got the backing of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers’ Local 13 Branch in Philadelphia.
In the statement Martin Williams, the Vice President of Local 13, said Boyle “has been fighting for Philadelphia working families since being elected to the state legislature. We are very excited about him continuing this fight in Congress.”
Boyle, who currently represents PA’s 170th House District which covers parts of Northeast Philly and Montco,.
“Growing up in a household of two union parents I know all too well the struggles of working families,” Boyle said. “While the Dow Jones continues to soar and the rich are getting richer, working families continue to be under attack. I am honored to be endorsed by the Boilermakers and look forward to being a strong advocate for them and all working families in Washington DC.”
Boyle’s campaign noted that this represents the sixteenth union endorsement for their campaign, having earlier won the support of the Pennsylvania Teamsters and the Fraternal Order of Police among several others.
Boyle’s strong union support is part and parcel with the backing of Rep. Bob Brady (D-Phila), a strong ally of organized labor. Brady endorsed Boyle back in April.
Boyle’s Boilermakers announcement comes just one day after one of his opponents, State Sen. Daylin Leach, scored the backing of the nurse’s union PASNAP. Other candidates in the race include former Congresswoman (and Clinton in-law) Marjorie Margolies and physician and activist Dr. Valerie Arkoosh.