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This announcement brings Perez’s total number of labor union endorsements to 108. Perez recently received the support of 13 private sector labor unions, including locals of the Communications Workers of America, the United Food and Commercial Workers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.
“When unions succeed, Maryland succeeds, and I’ve spent my career fighting to make sure that workers and families have a seat at the table,” said Tom Perez. “Our state, county, and municipal employees need a dance partner in the Governor’s Mansion who will help make sure they can go to work in a safe environment, get paid a living wage, and have access to great benefits and health insurance, and I promise to be that partner. I’m deeply grateful to AFSCME Council 3 and Council 67 for their support, and I look forward to working together and organizing together to get this done.”
“Tom Perez has always been on the side of Maryland’s workers. His experience administering large public departments and agencies will be critical to steering Maryland’s recovery from the pandemic and ensuring the success of all of Maryland’s working people,” said Patrick Moran, AFSCME Council 3 President. “AFSCME Council 3 is proud to endorse Tom Perez, and will work alongside him to make sure he is elected in 2022.”
“AFSCME Council 67 members know that we need a leader that will make protecting workers and families a top priority, and Tom Perez is that leader,” said Glenard S. Middleton Sr., Executive Director of AFSCME Council 67 and President of Maryland Public Employees Local 44. “We are proud to endorse Tom Perez to be the next Governor of Maryland.”
Perez has spent his career working alongside the labor movement and winning for workers and families. As Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation under Governor Martin O’Malley, 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.
While serving 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 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.