MAJOR ENDORSEMENT FOR PRAMILA JAYAPAL
May 21, Seattle, WA - Pramila Jayapal today received the sole and unanimous endorsement of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO in her race for Washington's 7th Congressional District seat being vacated by long-time U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, represents more than 600 local unions and trade councils, and approximately 400,000 rank-and-file union members.
“I’m so honored to receive this endorsement. I will stand strong with my brothers and sisters in the labor movement, as I have done for the past 15 years, on the picket lines, at the negotiating tables, and in the halls of the legislature. America is strong when Labor is strong. In Congress, I will help make sure we raise the federal minimum wage, invest in job creation right here at home, expand social security and Medicare, pass immigration reform, and ensure workplace democracy and collective bargaining. Together, we will make our labor movement strong and protect the rights of all workers.”
Members supporting Pramila spoke of her long history of support for unions, including organizing airport workers, helping to win paid and sick leave days in Seattle, and joining unions at the bargaining table and striking workers on the picket lines.
I stand with Pramila because she stood with us through all of our campaigns. She fights against income inequality, she supports women and she stands for the issues that really matter to workers, like raising the minimum wage,” said Ariana Davis, E-Board member of UFCW 21. “I’ve followed Pramila since her work at OneAmerica and she’s always been eager to help the labor movement whenever we need it.”
Senator Jayapal has now received the endorsement of over 20 individual labor unions, and today's sole endorsement by the State Labor Council makes her the unified candidate of labor unions in the 7th Congressional District.
This support, combined with a strong field organization, plus solid fundraising numbers -- Jayapal has to date raised over $800,000 -- puts the campaign in an excellent position leading up to the August 2nd Primary.