Rep. Murphy gets endorsement of CT’s biggest union

It won’t be announced until tomorrow, but I’m told when the State Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) at noon announces which candidate the group has chosen for U.S. Senate, Chris Murphy’s their man.

Murphy, who currently represents the 5th Congressional District, is vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination with former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, state Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, and a trio of other, lesser-known candidates.

Here’s SEIU’s announcement of its planned announcement:


Connecticut’s Largest Union to make Announcement on US Senate Race Tomorrow

·         SEIU State Council represents 55,000 members in six affiliated local unions in Connecticut

·         Local unions known for political activism, member engagement in electoral races

Hartford, CT—The State Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will make an announcement regarding the U.S. Senate race tomorrow at the headquarters of its largest affiliated local union, the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199/SEIU.

Comprising six affiliated local unions representing more than 55,000 workers and retirees, SEIU is Connecticut’s largest union. The Council includes:

Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges/SEIU Local 1973

Connecticut District/SEIU Local 32BJ

CSEA SEIU Local 2001

Connecticut Employees Union Independent/SEIU Local 511

International Brotherhood of Police Officers/SEIU Local 731

New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199/SEIU

The SEIU locals in Connecticut are well-known for their political activism, including mobilizing thousands of members during important electoral campaigns. During Connecticut’s last gubernatorial contest, SEIU members endorsed and worked hard, making phone calls, hosting events and going door-to-door to ensure the election of the state’s first Democratic governor in 20 years, Dannel P. Malloy.

WHO: The Connecticut State Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

WHAT: Announcement of Endorsement in Connecticut U.S. Senate Race

WHERE: King-Davis Labor Center, 77 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford, CT

WHEN: Thursday, April 5 @ 12 Noon

Brian Lockhart