HAWTHORNE, NJ - According to a statement, Thomas Bushnauskas, Democratic candidate running for councilman in Hawthorne's Second Ward, received a letter of endorsement from the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 152. 

The letter read, in part, "Your dedication and actions to support good Union jobs that provide a living wage, healthcare, and benefits will provide economic relief to the working-class citizens of Hawthorne.  Your leadership on this issue and other issues involving the working-class citizens of Hawthorne make you the best choice on Election Day. You will have the UFCW Local 152’s support going forward in working together to bring economic well being to the citizens of Hawthorne."

"I am humbled and honored to receive this endorsement," Bushnauskas said.  "Many members of my family and I have been involved with different unions throughout our careers. It is through unions, we are able to maintain and enrich not only our lives, but the lives of others. With the Local 152’s support, I am able to continue to strive and to adhere to my campaign statement of enriching the positive legacy Hawthorne provides: creating honest and transparent government, improving economic growth, providing innovative solutions, embracing the changing demographics, and shaping the future of Hawthorne."

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According to the UFCW Local 152 website, the union "serves retail stores, manufacturing plants, healthcare facilities, and public sectors in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland."

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