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Joe Biden to visit union and steelworkers in Newport News Friday

Former Vice President Joe Biden will meet with the United Steelworkers Local 8888 and shipbuilding workers at the Newport News Shipyard Friday.

Biden is scheduled to meet with the union at 3 p.m., and then greet workers at the 46 Street gate during shift change, according to the union’s news release.

“He has always been a friend of the labor union,” said Charles Spivey, president of USW Local 8888.

Spivey said before Biden arrives, there will be a luncheon with a couple location politicians endorsed by the union, including Rep. Bobby Scott, (D-3rd district) and Elaine Eluria.

Biden’s wife, Jill, is scheduled to christen the Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791) Saturday morning. It is unclear if the former vice president will attend the christening.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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