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Maryland State AFL-CIO Endorses Tom Perez for Governor

May 19, 2022

SILVER SPRING, MD – Maryland gubernatorial candidate and former Maryland and U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez today announced that he received the endorsement of the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO, the state’s largest federation of unions, which represents over 700 union locals.

Tom Perez and Shannon Sneed have garnered unprecedented labor support, with unions representing over 150,000 households across Maryland backing their campaign for jobs, justice, and opportunity.

“When unions succeed, workers succeed. And when workers succeed, Maryland succeeds,” Tom Perez said. “As Secretary of Labor under President Obama, I proudly stood alongside workers and defended the fundamental right to collectively bargain. As Maryland’s governor, I’ll do the same and ensure workers always have a seat at the table so we can build a stronger pipeline to deliver jobs, justice, and opportunity for us all.”

The endorsement by the Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO required a two-thirds vote of the organization's executive board members. Perez earned over 87 percent of votes cast.

The AFL-CIO did not endorse any candidate in the 2018 gubernatorial primary.

“Tom Perez stands on a solid lifetime of working to strengthen the rights of workers, build our communities, and fight against injustices and discrimination,” said Donna S. Edwards, President of the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO.

The Maryland-D.C. AFL-CIO Council joins the vast majority of unions in endorsing the Perez-Sneed campaign, including American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW),  32BJ SEIU, SEIU Local 500, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Communications Workers of America (CWA), and more.

Throughout his career in public service, Tom Perez has demonstrated a consistent record of taking on big fights and delivering results 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. He also fought for fairer wages, spearheading efforts to protect workers’ retirement savings and to ensure overtime protections.

As Labor Secretary, Perez helped resolve multiple major labor disputes, including a massive six-week Verizon strike involving nearly 40,000 employees by building consensus and forging solutions that benefited retail workers, shareholders, and communities.

The Perez-Sneed campaign has also garnered major endorsements from a rapidly growing number of national, state, and local officials, including Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi; Former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards; Maryland State Senator Joanne C. Benson, Prince George’s County; Maryland State Senator Cory McCray, Baltimore City; Maryland State Delegate Luke Clippinger, Baltimore City; Maryland State Delegate Bonnie Cullison, Montgomery County; Maryland State Delegate Carl Jackson, Baltimore County; Maryland State Delegate Robbyn Lewis, Baltimore City; Maryland State Delegate Lesley Lopez, Montgomery County; Maryland State Delegate Julie Palakovich Carr, Montgomery County; Maryland State Delegate Kirill Reznik, Montgomery County; Maryland State Delegate Dana Stein, Maryland State Delegate Vaughn Stewart, Montgomery County; Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, Charles County Commissioner President Reuben Collins; College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn; Mount Rainier Mayor Celina Benitez; Baltimore City Councilmember Kristerfer Burnett; Baltimore City Councilmember Ryan Dorsey; Baltimore City Councilmember Danielle McCray; Hyattsville Councilmember Rommel Sandino; Former State Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Matthews; Former Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggettt, and more.

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