Thursday, October 8, 2020




Today, Local 780 Cement Masons as well as Local 262 and Local 40 Plasterers Unions, endorsed John Cummings over Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the race for Congress in New York's 14th District. Cummings, a former NYPD officer and high school civics teacher has been a longtime member of the AFL-CIO

Gino Castignoli, Business Manager / Financial Secretary of the Northeast District Council (NEDC) of the Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association (OPCMIA) said, "This endorsement was a no-brainer for us. John knows firsthand that union membership is a ticket to the middle class and that everything AOC does and stands for is to eliminate the middle class altogether. We have fought long and hard for the health, safety and benefits for our union membership and we know that John will be right there with us in this fight in Congress. He fights for us because he is one of us."

Dale Alleyne, Local 262 Business manager and President of NEDC said, "Our members are with John Cummings, because they know he's with us. Our current Congresswoman has no idea what our members go through on a daily basis and therefore does not represent our interests. We trust John to be our voice in Congress."

Michael Holzknecht, Assistant Business Manager for 780 and NEDC said, "I know John personally and I know that he will stand up for our union values in Congress. Now more than ever, we need someone fighting for our way of life in our nation's capital. Without John in Congress, everything we've been fighting for is in jeopardy."

John Cummings said, "I am humbled by the support our campaign has received from the good working people of the Bronx and Queens. I've been a longtime union member and I know the struggle that working families are going through in New York City right now.I have lived and/or worked in this district my whole life. I sit in the same traffic on the Cross Bronx and eat in the same restaurants as the working people of this district and they know that I will fight for them in Congress because I am one of them. We've fought way too hard for way too long to let Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez's brand of socialism destroy our way of life."

Born and raised in Parkchester, John Cummings followed in his father's footsteps and was sworn in as a New York City Police Officer in 1983. Initially assigned to NSU (Neighborhood Stabilization Unit) 7, in the South Bronx, which covered the 40, 42, 44, and 48 precincts, he was then assigned to the 46th precinct, where he remained for 2 years. He was later assigned to the NYPD Harbor Unit, where he served first as an operations coordinator in the Bronx, and then as a member of the Harbor George unit in College Point, Queens. John suffered a serious knee injury in the line of duty, and was forced to retire in July 1991, and did so with multiple commendations for bravery and excellence in the line of duty.

Returning to his alma mater, Saint Raymond High School for Boys, John has been teaching History and Government for over 20 years. He has also been the Alumni Coordinator, Director of Development, the History Department Chairperson, and the Recruiting Coordinator, a role he now handles in addition to his teaching duties. John also serves as the cantor at school Masses, held on Catholic Holy Days of obligation.

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