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Brown and Gray pick up labor endorsements in D.C. races

Ann Marimow

Council Chairman Vincent Gray picked up the backing Wednesday of the American Federation of Government Employees, a federal and D.C. government employee union that represents 600,000 workers.

In announcing support for Gray in his mayoral bid, the group took aim in a statement at Mayor Adrian Fenty, who has had tense relations with city government workers throughout his tenure.

"We understand that this election is a fight for the soul of the District of Columbia. Will this be a city that supports working people or will it be a city that only supports the wealthy and well-connected? That is what we're fighting for and that is why we're supporting Vincent Gray."

Separately, the Service Employees International Maryland/DC State Council announced support Wednesday for Council member Kwame Brown (D-At Large) in his campaign to succeed Gray as chairman.

The union, which represents 45,000 workers, pledged to help Brown with mailings and door-to-door campaigning as he faces former council member Vincent Orange in the Democratic primary. The group praised Brown for his support of legislation guaranteeing paid sick time for workers and for a measure that boosted wages for private security officers.

"We are confident that as chairman he'll help fix a broken system that failed to protect workers and taxpayers from negligent contractors," Jaime Contreras, state council president and Local 32BJ Capital Area director said in a statement.

By Ann Marimow  |  May 19, 2010; 11:46 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Kwame Brown , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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Comments

How can Fenty manage the city when he is apparently at war with the very employees he depends on to deliver city services?

Truth is, he cant...

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 19, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Adrian Fenty is the enemy of every DC Government employee. The taxpayers pay your salary, Mr. Fenty.

Posted by: fivetogo | May 19, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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