The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters today endorsed Rep. Mark Critz today in his race against fellow Democratic incumbent Jason Altmire. The two Congressmen are in a heated primary race in the new 12th Congressional district.
“The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters proudly endorses Mark Critz for Congress because he does not waver when it comes to fighting for jobs and standing up for working men and women,” Teamsters Joint Council 40 President Joe Molinero said.
“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters and all of the unions that are backing me,” Critz said in a statement. “I said that creating jobs and opposing unfair trade deals would be my top priority in Congress when I first ran and I kept my word. I’ll keep fighting to create jobs for working men and women as long as I have the honor of representing western Pennsylvania in Congress.”
The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters represents 92,000 working members. Teamsters Joint Council 40 has nearly 35,000 members in western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia in various private and public sector jobs.
The Teamsters join a long list of unions backing Critz, including United Steelworkers, SEIU, the Allegheny Labor Council, and the United Transportation Union, as well as a unanimous endorsement from the Cambria County Democratic Committee.
Altmire has so far only pulled in one endorsement, from the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 based in Pittsburgh. However, he has won the endorsement of the Democratic Committees in Allegheny, Beaver, and Westmoreland Counties.
Both campaigns launched television ads this week in a primary race that has been full of headlines. Altmire recently survived a court challenge of his nominating petitions, but it still earned him some negative publicity. Internal polls from both campaigns show Altmire ahead by double digits.