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Baltimore Area, Frederick, and Eastern Shore Electrical Workers Endorse Tom Perez for Governor

March 21, 2022

SILVER SPRING, MD – Maryland gubernatorial candidate and former Maryland and U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez today announced that he received the support from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 24, which represents more than 2,100 electrical workers from the Baltimore metropolitan area, Frederick, and the Eastern Shore.

IBEW Local 24 is the latest labor organization to endorse the Perez-Sneed ticket, following the recent endorsement of IBEW Local 26 and comes just days after 32BJ SEIU and SEIU Local 500, two of Maryland's largest and most influential unions, announced their support for the Perez-Sneed campaign.

Six IBEW locals in Maryland have now endorsed the Perez-Sneed campaign.

“For generations, the right to organize and collectively bargain has been the backbone of the American middle class. Our dedicated electrical workers throughout Baltimore and the Eastern Shore are so critical to our state’s success and I am honored to have their support in our campaign to fight for jobs, justice, and opportunity,” Tom Perez said. “As Secretary of Labor under President Obama, I proudly promoted policies to support our union apprenticeships as a pathway to the middle class and I’ll continue that work as Maryland’s governor to ensure workers always have a seat at the table.”

“We are so proud to endorse Tom Perez and Shannon Sneed for Governor and Lt Governor,” IBEW Local 24 Business Manager Mike McHale said. “Both Tom and Shannon have been steadfast champions for working people from the Baltimore City and Montgomery County Council to the US Department of Labor, from settling strikes to taking on workplace fraud. Our union stands with Team Perez Sneed and we’re so excited to win this election together.”

IBEW joins other major unions like American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Communications Workers of America (CWA), and more.

In total these unions represent over 120,000 households across Maryland.

Throughout his career in public service, Tom Perez has developed significant experience taking on big fights and winning for working families. As Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation, he implemented the nation’s first statewide living wage law, fought corporate wage theft, and rebuilt the agency to protect homeowners across the state facing foreclosure and fraud, making the state a national bellwether for accountability early in the housing crisis.

During his tenure as U.S. Labor Secretary in the Obama administration, Perez enforced laws protecting workers on the job, advocated for nationwide paid sick and family leave, and created more than 125,000 apprenticeship opportunities. Perez fought for fairer wages, spearheading efforts to protect workers’ retirement savings and to ensure overtime protections. He also helped resolve a massive six-week Verizon strike involving over 37,000 employees. They reached an agreement that included protections and benefits for Verizon’s retail workers.

For more information about the Perez-Sneed campaign, please visit tomperez.com.