Utility Workers Endorse Levin in New Eleventh District
January 7, 2021
BLOOMFIELD TWP., MI – Today, the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (UWUA) became the first labor union to announce its endorsement of Congressman Andy Levin, who is running for reelection in the newly-drawn Eleventh District of Michigan.
“It’s very meaningful to me to have the Utility Workers’ early support for my reelection campaign,” said Congressman Levin. “Not only is UWUA a great American union with a seat on the AFL-CIO Executive Council, but as a union representing tens of thousands of people who work with coal, natural gas, nuclear and all forms of power, it has been providing visionary leadership in creating a strong, union future as we make our energy transition. It’s such an honor to partner with them in this work and our shared efforts to pass the PRO Act and expand worker voice and power throughout the US economy.”
“There’s no other lawmaker who has been a bigger ally of labor or to our members on the issues we care about most,” said UWUA President James Slevin. “For decades Andy Levin has fought for workers’ rights and racial and economic justice. We are confident he will continue to be a forceful advocate of pro-labor policies including the PRO Act and programs for workers affected by changes in the energy industry.”
The union cited Congressman Levin’s leadership on the House Education and Labor Committee as well as his support for strengthening the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as resonating specifically for the approximately 50,000 UWUA members working across the utility sector.
A lifelong union organizer and a former green energy entrepreneur, Congressman Levin is a leading voice in Congress demanding that the most affected workers have a seat at the center of the table as we craft policy for a renewable energy future. Last year, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Congressman Levin introduced the American Energy Worker Opportunity Act to protect and empower energy workers and their children through robust investments in workforce, educational and wage support.