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Slattery Endorsed By Peabody Teachers' Union

Former state representative and city councilor in Peabody John Slattery picks up yet another union endorsement in his bid for state Senate.

The latest endorsement for state Senate candidate John Slattery comes from the Peabody Federation of Teachers.

A representative from the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts announced the news Thursday afternoon.

“It is an honor and esteemed privilege to continue to be a strong advocate and supporter for quality public education,” said Slattery in a statement. “To have the support of the Peabody teachers, paraprofessionals and other school support staff is tremendous. My past record has always been one of a champion for working families and this endorsement is a testament to that cause.”

And teachers' union president Bruce Nelson evidently agrees.

“We are confident that John’s experience will prove invaluable to the district. As a Peabody resident, he is involved in the educational community and is a 'stakeholder' in our schools' continued success,” Nelson said.

“John’s ability to go to the Statehouse and immediately begin work on Day One, on behalf of his constituents is invaluable,” Nelson said, adding that the union believes Slattery will carry on with the same leadership and success Fred Berry has had in the Senate.

Slattery, a former state representative and city councilor for Peabody, is one of five candidates seeking to fill Berry's shoes in November. Berry is retiring this year after 30 years in office.

The 2nd Essex Senate district covers Beverly, Peabody, Salem, Danvers and Topsfield, and  by police and firefighters unions in Peabody, Salem, Danvers and Beverly, along with their respective state organizations.

Within the past few weeks, he received support from both police unions in his hometown of Peabody.

Slattery also picked up support from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Local Union 26 and Laborers’ Local 22, which both represent workers in the 2nd Essex District area, shortly after announcing his candidacy in March.

To date, only his opponent Salem City Council President Joan Lovely has announced any endorsements -- hers coming from the .

Slattery faces off with Mary-Ellen Manning, Lovely and Edward Carroll in a primary election Sept. 6. Republican Richard Jolitz of Beverly is the lone representative on the GOP ticket.

Peter P. June 25, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I didn't say that unions were a good thing. I said that if we expect to attract the highest tier of teacher we need to offer competitive compensation. You can't really argue with that. It is the same reason the Yankees win more championships than the Padres. The only thing unions are good for is job security. Why any young person would want to be a teacher today is beyond me. They get no respect from the public (you), they are getting their benfits and job security taken away and get paid WAY less than any other profession that requires a Master's degree. Wonder why there is a shortage of math and science teachers? Don't let your obvious hatred of unions blind you from what the problem really is. We show no respect to the profession and wonder why we get subpar educators...wake up.
Phil Mertzic June 26, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Good teachers are always respected and appreciated. The Teacher union?? NOT so much. FDR had it right about public unions.
Peter P. June 26, 2012 at 03:58 PM
So don't let your union hatred blur your vision...teachers and the union are two very seperate entities. Why was this the only point you chose to address? How about the part about competitive pay, benefits and facilities? How about the decrease benefits and job security? We take advantage of our educators.
Don Pike July 04, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Where would we be without unions. We would have nothing. Thank god for John Slattery. Teacher need unions to protect them from their employer and favoritism.
Mary H August 18, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Check your facts Whitney Harris. Massachusetts has the top schools in the country and is also the most densely unionized state for educators. What charter schools do is to pick and choose students they believe will bring them the highest test scores. If those children do not meet expectations, they are often shipped back to public schools. If this takes place in October, the charter school keeps the money for the child while the public school is responsible for educating them. Public schools must take EVERY student who walks in the door. Charter schools are big business and are not in the interest of children.

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