FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 11th, 2016
SEIU ANNOUNCES ITS ENDORSEMENT OF PRAMILA JAYAPAL FOR CONGRESS
Union Leadership Praises the Senator's Leadership and Overall Experience
SEATTLE, WA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Washington State Council today announced their endorsement of Pramila Jayapal in the race for the US House in Washington State’s 7th Congressional District. The seat is being vacated by long-time Rep. Jim McDermott, who is retiring. The SEIU represents nearly 2 million public service workers across North America.
Three local SEIU Presidents issued statements on the endorsement of State Senator Pramila Jayapal:
“There are three progressive elected officials in this race, but only one progressive movement leader. From immigrant rights to criminal justice reform to gender justice to the minimum wage and workers' rights, Pramila has been on the forefront of every local struggle for the past 15 years. I'm proud to call her a friend and comrade." -David Rolf, President SEIU 775
“We are excited to endorse Pramila Jayapal for Congress. Pramila has been an ally in our communities, in the Legislature, and in the streets. The depth of knowledge that she brings on immigration, income inequality, and corporate accountability is sorely needed in Congress, and we look forward to working together on mutual issues on both the regional and national stage.” -Karen Hart, President SEIU Local 925
“Pramila’s leadership on the environment, immigration, voting rights and bettering our workplaces has made positive changes for thousands of families. Pramila is the best choice for carrying our voice to Washington D.C. and continuing the path of progress. We are proud to endorse Pramila Jayapal for Congress.” -Sergio Salinas, President SEIU Local 6
Senator Jayapal issued the following statement in response:
I’m truly honored to receive the endorsement of the SEIU State Council. The unions that comprise the state council are some of the most forward thinking and most diverse unions in our state. I am proud to have worked with the SEIU on issues from immigration to raising the minimum wage, and I look forward to continuing that partnership while in Congress.
Senator Jayapal has a long history of standing up for the labor movement and the rights of workers across the state. She co-chaired the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in 2003 with the King County Labor Council, has played critical roles in union contract negotiations, stood alongside union members in the picket lines, and was one of the leaders in the fight for a $15 minimum wage.
This endorsement solidifies the Jayapal campaign as the overwhelming choice of labor in the race, The campaign has now been endorsed by over 30 labor unions, including the sole endorsement of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. A full list of endorsements can be found at http://www.pramilaforcongress.com/endorsements.