The Service Employees International Union Connecticut State Council, along with the SEIU affiliated locals the Connecticut State Employees Association, the New England Health Care Employees Union District 1199ne, SEIU Local 32BJ, the Connecticut Employees Union Independent, the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges, and the National Association of Government Employees, today announced their endorsement of Chris Donovan for the Fifth Congressional District seat. Comprised of the six affiliated local unions, the SEIU State Council represents more than 65,000 members and retirees in Connecticut.
“CSEA members endorsed Chris Donovan for Congress because he is the best candidate for the job. In fact, without Chris the reality of the lives of working men and women in Connecticut would be much different. And, thanks to his leadership in the State House, public employees in Connecticut are treated with a level of dignity and respect not seen in most other states,” said Patrice Peterson, President of CSEA/SEIU Local 2001. “Chris Donovan has been a loud, proud, and bold voice for working men and women. We need that voice in Washington.”
“Chris Donovan has always fought for working people and we will fight for him,” said Ron McLellan, President of CEUI.
“Our strong endorsement is based on Chris Donovan’s outstanding record and unwavering commitment to all workers, whether or not they are members of a union,” said David Pickus, President of the New England Health Care Employees Union District 1199ne, and President of the SEIU State Council. “No one has done more to raise families out of poverty, to ensure fairness for all, or to protect the rights of every individual than Chris – whether it’s fighting to raise the minimum wage or to ensure that everyone has health care. He’s the right leader to represent the working families of the 5th Congressional District.”
“It is an honor to have the endorsement of SEIU, a union that is unwavering in its fight on behalf of the working families of Connecticut,” said Donovan. “Together, we will fight for every Connecticut family to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect, to bring good-paying jobs with solid benefits back home to Connecticut, and to protect Medicare and Social Security from draconian Republican cuts.”
SEIU joins the Connecticut Democratic Party, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, former 5th CD Congressman Jim Maloney, Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman, Southbury First Selectman Ed Edelson, Congressman and Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Raul Grijalva and Congresswoman and Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Chellie Pingree, the Connecticut Working Families Party, the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, the New Britain DTC, the Meriden DTC, the Newtown DTC, the Bethlehem DTC, the Burlington DTC, the Torrington DTC, the Harwinton DTC, the Canaan DTC, the Middlebury DTC, the Morris DTC, the Watertown DTC, the New Milford DTC, the New Fairfield DTC, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Blue America, the Connecticut State Police Union, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 478, Sheet Metal Workers Local 40, AFT Connecticut, AFSCME Council 4, AFSCME Council 15 – the Connecticut Council of Police, the Connecticut Education Association, the Connecticut State Council of Machinists, the Connecticut Carpenters, the IAFF – Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut, United Auto Workers Region 9A, the Connecticut Laborers District Council, and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 777 in endorsing Chris Donovan as the best candidate to fight for the families of Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District.