IBEW Local 2222 Business Manager Myles Calvey slams Ed Markey for his Telecommunications Act of 1996
Watertown, MA –– On Saturday, the Kennedy for MA campaign released a new digital ad highlighting the effect Senator Markey’s Telecommunications Act of 1996 (TCA) had on good paying, local jobs in his hometown of Malden. The video, which features IBEW Local 2222 Business Manager Myles Calvey walking through the streets of Malden, is a response to Markey’s television ad “Streets,” which first aired in July.
“This is where it happened. Where Ed Markey put hundreds of union workers out on the streets, selling them out to giant telecom corporations and then taking hundreds of thousands of donations from those same companies. Is your phone and internet bill too high? He sold you out too,” said IBEW Local 2222 Business Manager Myles Calvey. “Ed Markey gave internet and phone companies the powers they have today to deliver poor services, hurt workers, and overcharge consumers. Ed Markey still pretends it didn’t happen, just like he pretends to still live here in Malden.”
“That power came at the expense of my union brothers and sisters. It makes us a little sick and a little sad because it still hurts families today who –– especially now –– can’t afford those high costs or who could have really used those good jobs,” Calvey continued.
In late July, Business Manager Myles Calvey and telecoms workers publicly decried Markey’s “Streets” ad at a press conference outside of the Verizon Building in Malden.
“I find it amazing that Ed just did a commercial on the streets of Malden, talking about what he has brought back to Malden,” Calvey told the press in July. “We are a living example of what he did NOT bring back to Malden. And it starts right here at 7 Elm Street, where back in 1996 we had over 600 jobs in this building. Today, as we stand here, we have a grand total of 11.”
At the July press conference, Calvey and other local workers also pointed to the fact that Senator Markey has taken more money in campaign contributions from telecoms companies than any other member of Congress, current or prior. According to OpenSecrets, Senator Markey has taken over $1 million from the industry.
IBEW Local 2222, the largest telecommunications union in New England, has endorsed Congressman Joe Kennedy III in his bid for US Senate.