AFSCME Council 25 Endorses Gretchen Whitmer for Governor
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Southfield, MI- AFSCME Council 25, a labor union representing 50,000 active and retired public-sector employees, announced their endorsement of Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer in her bid to be Michigan’s next Governor.
“We need a Governor that respects public workers and their families, and we have that with Gretchen Whitmer,” said President Lawrence A. Roehrig. “She has proven time and time again that she will tirelessly fight every day for us in the face of all adversity. We need her voice and her work ethic as Governor to reverse the damage done to the middle class in Michigan.”
Lorna Davison, AFSCME’s statewide PEOPLE chair, echoed the sentiments of President Roehrig. “This year’s election is so important for our union and public-sector workers across the state. Gretchen has stood with us every step of the way as a legislator, and we are proud to stand with her in this election.”
Whitmer addressed AFSCME’s PEOPLE convention this morning where over 100 activists gathered to discuss important legislative and political issues facing working families in 2018. “I’m honored to partner with AFSCME Council 25 because for too long, Michigan’s public-sector workers haven’t had a governor who’s in their corner fighting for their wages, their retirement benefits, standing up to privatization, and protecting their right to collective bargaining,” said Whitmer. “When we show up for one another’s fights, we win, and I’m proud to have them in my corner. I’m ready to work with anyone who wants to solve problems, and I’ll take on anyone who stands in the way of treating workers with the respect they deserve so they can support their families and retire with dignity.”
“Gretchen’s message and track record have really resonated with our members,” said President Roehrig. “Her opposition to Right to Work and work in expanding access to healthcare for Michigan workers is exactly what we need. We’re thrilled to support her in the August 7th primary and the general election on November 6th”.
For more information contact:
Steven Rzeppa, AFSCME Council 25