Massachusetts Coalition of Police Endorses Barbara L’Italien
Feb 16, 2018 07:49AM
● By Theresa Gilman
(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the office of State Senator Barbara L’Italien.)
ANDOVER, MA — The Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.), the commonwealth’s local police union, announced today its endorsement of State Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) in her run for Congress in the 3rd District. The AFL-CIO affiliate is the largest law enforcement union in Massachusetts, representing over 4,300 municipal police officers in over 216 locals.
Among the 3rd Congressional District’s 37 municipalities, Mass C.O.P. represents local police in Acton, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Clinton, Concord, Gardner, Harvard, Hudson, Lancaster, Littleton, Marlborough, Methuen, Pepperell, Shirley, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Westford, and Westminster.
Mass C.O.P. unanimously endorsed L’Italien out of 15 candidates running in the 3rd Congressional District because of her leadership standing up for municipal employees and retirees, people on fixed incomes, and public organized labor.
“Time and time again, Barbara has proven herself as a champion for first responders, public safety officials, retirees and their families,” said First Vice-President John E. Nelson. “She has put herself out on a limb to protect our wages, pensions, health insurance, and livelihoods. We are proud to endorse Barbara, and look forward to her continued support for local law enforcement in Congress.”
Examples of L’Italien’s career-long support for public employees include her recent leadership against the Group Insurance Commission decision to strip away half of public employees’ health plans (a decision that was successfully reversed), and her support in 2016 for a state budget amendment to protect the pensions of policemen, teachers, and other public employees.
“Our local police officers put a lot of hard work and energy into keeping our cities and towns running safely. It’s our responsibility to do all we can to take care of local law enforcement, public employees, retirees and others who dedicate their life’s work for our communities,” said L’Italien. “You can count on me to stick up for these public servants when I’m elected to Congress. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve for our local police officers, and to receive their endorsement.”
Mass C.O.P.’s support for L’Italien comes on the heels of endorsements by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, OPEIU Local 453 (the MBTA management union), Mass-Care, State Senator Mike Barrett, State Representative Cory Atkins, as well as numerous local elected officials in the district.
L’Italien currently serves as a state senator representing Andover, Dracut, Lawrence, and Tewksbury.
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