Cicilline Endorsed By Working Men and Women

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

PAWTUCKET, RI – The Rhode Island American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 New England, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) Local 328, and the National Education Association of Rhode Island (NEARI) announced their endorsement of Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who is seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.


“David Cicilline is a fighter – and that’s why the Rhode Island AFL-CIO proudly endorses his campaign for re-election,” said George Nee, President of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO. “In the spirit of late Congressman John Lewis, he knows the value of causing ‘good trouble’ on behalf of Rhode Island’s working families. We look forward to him serving another term in Congress.”


Cicilline is fighting to protect working families who have been facing stagnant wages, attacks on collective bargaining, and a tax code that benefits the richest people in America. These challenges have only been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic that has laid bare the economic divide in our country. 


"David has become one of the leading voices in Congress on many issues including his support of frontline caregivers. As we recover as a state and country from the COVID-19 pandemic, we need leaders like David who will fight for patients, frail residents and the people who care for them," said Patrick Quinn, Executive Vice President SEIU 1199 New England. 


“Congressman Cicilline has stood up for working men and women all his life,” said Tim Melia, UFCW Local 328 President. “He understands more than most the importance of a good union job that provides a liveable wage and benefits. We were so proud that he walked the picket last year when we had a strike and was the first one out of the gate when our workers needed hazard pay. We wholeheartedly support the Congressman’s re-election.”


“Congressman David Cicilline has provided steadfast leadership in Washington and the National Education Association Rhode Island proudly supports his re-election,” said Larry Purtill, President of NEARI. “He is a public education advocate who understands that all students deserve the same access and quality education, because where you live cannot determine the funding you receive. He knows a good public education needs adequate funding to support a clean, safe environment in which to learn. He has pushed for investments in our schools and knows educators and education support professionals need the tools and resources available to provide quality learning. He is a champion for higher education and fights for funding and broader access, so a college education can be within reach without a lifetime of debt. Congressman Cicilline stands up for working families and workers’ rights and is the leader for Rhode Island in Congress to swiftly put us on the path to recover and rebuild from this pandemic and economic crisis.”


In Congress, Cicilline has fought for the House-passed Heroes Act and Heroes 2.0 Act, which would provide urgently needed relief to states and working families, including hazard pay for our frontline heroes, money for our schools, protective equipment, funding for testing and contact tracing, and more. This federal relief is critical to ensure that the Americans who are showing up to work every day to teach our kids, care for our elderly, and make sure our grocery store shelves are stocked, are safe and fairly compensated.


“I’m humbled to be endorsed by the AFL-CIO, NEARI, SEIU 1199 New England, and UFCW Local 328. These unions are made up of hard-working men and women who have continued to show up to work throughout the public health crisis,” said Cicilline. “I will continue to fight in Congress to protect the right to collectively bargain and to advocate for a livable wage. And I will continue to fight to ensure the resources are available to combat COVID-19 and keep working families safe.”


The Rhode Island AFL-CIO represents a diverse group of nearly 80,000 working men and women, including painters, plumbers, ironworkers, firefighters, social workers, public employees, and more.


SEIU 1199 New England represents nearly 4,000 nurses, CNAs, maintenance workers, technicians, and more. The union is committed to serving as a strong voice for working men and women to ensure all workers are valued and respected.


NEARI was founded in 1845 and works to support teachers, professors, and other school workers, assisting them to be able to provide a quality public education for every child.   


UFCW Local 328’s over 11,000 members work in grocery and retail stores, manufacturing facilities, transportation, recycling, and a myriad of other industries. In the decades since its inception, the union has been a voice for improved worker conditions, benefits, and fair wages.


Cicilline is seeking re-election to represent Rhode Island’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. This year’s general election falls on Tuesday, November 3rd.


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