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USW Endorses Ed Markey For U.S. Senator In Massachusetts

In the news release, USW Endorses Ed Markey for U.S. Senator in Massachusetts, issued 04-Apr-2013 by United Steelworkers (USW) over PR Newswire, we are advised by USW that the date for the Democratic primary election in the lead paragraph should read April 30, rather than April 25 as originally issued inadvertently. USW apologizes for the date error. The complete, corrected release follows:

USW Endorses Ed Markey for U.S. Senator in Massachusetts

He stands up for jobs; advocates green manufacturing, energy policy

MILFORD, Mass., April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) District 4 has announced endorsement of Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-5 th) for U.S. Senator in the Democratic primary election set for Apr. 30 in Massachusetts.

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USW Director John Shinn of the New England regional district confirmed the union's enthused support for Markey as the U.S. Senate candidate, declaring: "Markey has been a friend of the Steelworkers Union in the fifth congressional district for 37 years, bringing experienced leadership that stands up for the diversity of our membership in natural gas utilities, water authorities, municipal services, healthcare units, paper mills, and manufacturing."

Acknowledging it was a difficult choice between two good Democratic congressmen with progressive scorecards, both vying for the critical U.S. Senate seat, Shinn said, "Markey's leadership, his seniority and our work with him on green energy and sustaining good jobs became a deciding factor for our early endorsement over U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-8 th)."

The USW director adds: "Markey in the Senate will bring needed expertise on environmental and job issues that will join the skill U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren brings on financial and consumer protection. Markey has listened to Massachusetts workers. He has laid out a vision to create jobs and prosperity, green manufacturing, and a diversified energy policy."

Leo W. Gerard, USW International President, agrees, saying: "What makes Markey the best candidate is his record as one of the most experienced and capable legislators in Congress as the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, and also as a senior member on the Energy and Commerce Committee. He has used his authority on energy policy as a dependable leader for working families."

The USW president explains, "When both the White House and Congress were moving legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions – Rep. Markey stood with USW- represented workers not only in Massachusetts' energy intensive industries, but for workers in those industries across the country that would be adversely affected by jobs lost to imports that came from countries that did not bear the same cost for emissions.

"Markey's direct intervention got us a 'border measure' in the bill to address climate change," Gerard relates. "The border adjustment provision would put a tariff on goods from countries that did not regulate greenhouse gases. Markey was a key ally in USW efforts to level the playing field for our members against unfair foreign trade competition."

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