(STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich.) - The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 25 both endorsed Andy Levin for Congress this week.
These latest endorsements solidify labor’s support for Levin, who has been fighting and winning battles for working people for decades. Levin has a long list of endorsements from the biggest unions in America, including SEIU, UAW, Teamsters, UFCW, Steelworkers, IBEW, AFGE, Machinists, Iron Workers, Carpenters, Operating Engineers, and more. No other candidate in the race has any labor endorsements.
Levin also has a “highly qualified” rating from the MEA, which recognizes his deep commitment to reinvesting in public schools.
“Andy Levin has demonstrated his commitment to working people time and time again,” said Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber. “Andy won’t just vote for us. He’ll fight for us, because he’s one of us.”
Levin is a lifelong progressive Democrat, a nationally-known union organizer, government leader and now clean energy entrepreneur. He served as Assistant Director of Organizing for the national AFL-CIO for 11 years, helping workers across the country organize for a better life with a wide variety of unions. In that role, Levin created the Union Summer program, which put more than 1,000 young people on the front lines of union campaigns in the summer of 1996. Union Summer has lived on and been copied and emulated for over 20 years by unions, universities, and law firms.
At the AFL-CIO Levin also created and directed the Voice@Work campaign that won nearly universal Democratic support in Congress for the Employee Free Choice Act, which would have overhauled America’s labor laws to allow employees to bargain for better wages and working conditions. Throughout his life, Levin has been involved in many acts of civil disobedience to demand workers’ freedom to form unions.
“Andy Levin has a proven track record in government of creating policies and programs that help working people, from No Worker Left Behind to the Green Jobs Initiative,” said AFSCME Council 25 President Lawrence A. Roehrig. “And, importantly, he respects and fights for the hardworking women and men who keep our state and local governments running efficiently.”
Levin said he’s proud to be endorsed by the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, and all of the other labor unions who’ve previously added their names.
“I’m so humbled by the overwhelming support. I can’t imagine running for Congress without having my union brothers and sisters standing with me, ” Levin said. “Together we will work to rebuild the middle class in this country, by restoring the freedom to form unions, creating good-paying jobs, training workers for the industries of tomorrow, and passing Medicare for All.”