(CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.) – UNITE HERE, which represents more than 7,000 service and hospitality workers in Michigan, endorsed Andy Levin for the 9th Congressional District on Friday.
“Andy has dedicated many years of his life and career to improving conditions for workers – service workers in particular,” said Nia T. Winston, president of UNITE HERE Local 24. “Andy hasn’t just supported our positions, he’s actually stood shoulder-to-shoulder with workers and fought for our rights. We know Andy will keep fighting for us in Congress.”
Levin helped striking cap and gown workers as a sophomore in college by getting Williams College seniors to agree to graduate unrobed rather than wear robes made in a factory where workers were on strike. He has never stopped advocating for workers since.
From 1983 to 1988, Levin helped hundreds of workers in Michigan, Indiana, Massachusetts and Rhode Island join the Service Employees International Union, always against the fierce and often intimidating opposition of their bosses.
“Too many of our jobs have been off-shored, contracted out, privatized and made part-time or temporary. Lower pay, and fewer pensions and benefits mean many fewer among us are enjoying a solid middle-class life and retirement. It’s time to change that,” Levin said. “I’m humbled to have the support of UNITE HERE, and I will work hard to earn the vote of every member.”
Levin has also been endorsed by the Utility Workers Union of America, former Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, former U.S. Rep. David Bonior, State Rep. Bill Sowerby, State Rep. Henry Yanez and retired Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh.
For more information, visit www.andylevinforcongress.com.