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AFL-CIO Throws Support Behind "Union Brother" Bob Russo

Election literature from union and others is filling mailboxes today

 

The postal workers are certainly busy today. Not only have flyers gone out in the mail from all three slates, but now an endorsement of former Mayor Bob Russo, who is running for a councilor-at-large spot on the Montclair 2012 slate, also has been mailed out to union members by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO.

The letter endorses Russo and calls on union members to come out and vote for him on May 8.

The letter says: "Bob Russo, our union brother, is a candidate for Montclair Council. He understands the day-to-day struggle of Montclair's working families. He shares our values and will always place the interests of working families first. Bob Russo is the union choice recommended by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO."

The letter also says that Russo shares the values of working middle classes families and that he understands that working families are struggling right now to make ends meet.

Russo said he's very proud to have the suport of the AFL-CIO and working families throughout Montclair, noting that he believes his "experience in labor-management relations—which I have taught for many years at Rutgers and Montclair State universities—has given me the know-how to deal with unions, contracts and negotiations with public employees. I remain absolutely committed to fairness and will continue to balance the rights of taxpayers with those of employees."

According to the Montclair 2012 slate's website, Russo "was first elected to the Montclair Town Council in 1992. Four years later, his 1st Ward constituents returned him to office with an 80 percent majority. Featured in a 1994 New York Times story on his effective constituent service response record, Bob served as Council liaison to the Senior Citizens; Youth; Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, and Cable TV Advisory committees. As mayor, he chaired the Board of School Estimate and was a member of the Montclair Planning Board and Montclair Public Library board."

As the election draws closer, the rhetoric from all three slates has heated up.

David Grill, mayoral candidate Harvey Susswein's campaign manager, has emailed voters to say the following:

Robert Jackson, the mayoral candidate leading Russo's slate, "with the backing of the Essex County Democratic Party, with a Wayne Teacher’s Union president on the slate, and three present and former incumbents, promises that we can develop our way to solvency by increasing revenues without needing to reduce spending or reduce the public payroll. It’s fairy dust."

tryintosurvive May 02, 2012 at 08:14 PM
"promises that we can develop our way to solvency by increasing revenues without needing to reduce spending or reduce the public payroll. It’s fairy dust." The problem is that a number of voters may believe in these fairies and the illusion that revenues will prevent any cuts. The candidates with financial sense realize this is impossible and are saying so, but other candidates are saying what they think people want to hear. If these candidates get elected it will be 4 more years of the same as the last 12 and Montclair will be deeper in debt with services reduced further than they already are.
althea May 02, 2012 at 08:26 PM
And Bob Russo thinks this is a good thing? Poor Montclair 2012, these guys are really on a down ward spiral. I don't know which slate I feel worse for Montclair 2012 or For Montclair.
chris May 02, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Of course the unions back Bob Russo, it was under him as Mayor that our debt doubled from 2000-2004 -- do not vote for him! I love this quote: "He understands the day-to-day struggle of Montclair's working families. He shares our values and will always place the interests of working families first." Most of these union members DON'T live in Montclair, they can't afford the taxes! Russo does not put Montclair working families first, he is for increasing our debt, continuing the insane financial path we have been on. He's part of the problem, not the solution.
A. Gideon May 02, 2012 at 10:28 PM
"Russo does not put Montclair working families first" Very well put. ...Andrew
Stuart Weissman May 03, 2012 at 02:00 PM
In other news, the sun is hot.
Normal May 04, 2012 at 02:54 AM
makes sense the postal service will support Russo i love our postal workers (nothing gives me more pleasure than waiting in line to mail something), but given that the majority of them live outside of Montclair (BECAUSE OF THE HIGH TAXES) i respectfully reject their candidate of choice let's remember - this is the same dude that got us into this mess next please.......

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