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 26, representing thousands of electricians in Maryland.
IBEW Local 26 is the latest labor organization to endorse the Perez-Sneed ticket, joining other major unions like American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFCSME), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Communications Workers of America (CWA), and more. In total these unions represent over 100,000 households.
“The dedicated workers of IBEW Local 26 are so critical to the heart and soul of Maryland’s economy. As Secretary of Labor, 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,” Tom Perez said. “As we continue to expand our state’s investments in renewable energy, including electrical vehicle infrastructure and other green initiatives, we must continue to take steps to protect our workers and ensure they always have a seat at the table. I’m honored to have the support of IBEW Local 26 and as governor, I’ll continue to be a strong partner for workers throughout our state.”
“Tom Perez fought for Union electricians on the Montgomery County Council, as Maryland Secretary of Labor, and as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Now we’re ready to fight for him,” IBEW Local 26 Political Director Tom Clark said. “Tom is a staunch supporter of creating middle class careers and stands out as a ‘Champion of Labor.’ The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26 enthusiastically endorses Tom Perez to be Maryland’s next governor.”
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.