UFCW Local 951, which represents more than 33,000 workers across Michigan, endorsed Andy Levin for the 9th Congressional District today.
“UFCW Local 951 is proud to endorse Andy Levin for Congress,” said President John Cakmakci. “Actions speak louder than words, and that’s how we know Andy is committed to protecting workers’ rights. He has fought for our members for decades, including fifteen years ago when he took over a Walmart with us. In the labor movement, we always say we need to put more of our own in office -- well, here’s our chance! No one will fight harder for the 9th District’s working families than Andy Levin.”
Levin has spent decades fighting and winning battles for the middle class, both inside and outside of government. As a sophomore in college, Levin helped striking cap and gown workers by persuading seniors to graduate unrobed rather than wear robes from a factory where workers were on strike. Levin never stopped advocating for workers’ rights, going on to organize hundreds of health care workers with SEIU and to work with all unions for 11 years as Assistant Director of Organizing for the national AFL-CIO.
“The dignity and value of work has been attacked and undermined in this country. Workers are not put at the center of policy decisions and because of this fewer among us enjoy a solid middle-class life and retirement,” Levin said. “It is a privilege to have UFCW Local 951, a union whose mission is to improve the lives of its members and all working families, support our movement to restore the middle class.”
Levin has been named a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate and has been endorsed by the Communications Workers of America, International Association of Machinists, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, National Weather Service Employees Organization, UNITE HERE, Utility Workers Union of America, Congressman Dan Kildee, former Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, former U.S. Rep. David Bonior, former Governor Jennifer Granholm, State Rep. Bill Sowerby and State Rep. Henry Yanez, Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner Jim Nash and retired Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh.