SEIU endorses Baker in Prince George's
Prince George's County executive candidate Rushern L. Baker III (D) got another clutch endorsement this week, this time from the regional chapter of the Service Employees International Union, a massive health care union whose members include employees of the troubled Prince George's County Hospital system.
"We need a champion like Rushern Baker to help rebuild our economy and move more families into the middle class," said Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Capital Area President, Jamie Contreras, in a statement released by the Baker campaign. "Men and women who work hard but struggle to get by can count on Rushern to ensure our tax dollars only support the creation of good-paying jobs."
According to the campaign's news release, SEIU is, "The Washington region's fastest growing union representing over 45,000 members in the areas of health care, public services, education, and the nonprofit sector."
Last fall, union employees who work for the county hospital protested outside the County Administration Building after County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) cut promised funding to the system by $3 million, in order, he said, to close a budget gap left by reductions in state aid.
Baker was also named among the candidates to receive an "early endorsement" from the group Progressive Maryland, the group announced Wednesday. According to the group's news release, it has "15,000 individual members and supporters as well as dozens of organizational affiliates," and "is the strongest pro-worker advocacy group in the state."
Baker has been on a roll with endorsements. Early this year, he dealt a blow to his rival, County Sheriff Michael A. Jackson (D), by snagging the endorsements of two out of three key local law enforcement unions.
May 19, 2010; 12:52 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County
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