Providence – In a press release dated September 17, Gina Raimondo’s campaign announced an addition to her list of union supporters, now tallying a count of 14 labor unions backing the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
The International Painters and Allied Trades District Council 11 (IUPAT) joined the growing list of labor organizations throwing their support behind Raimondo, whose controversial pension reform package and legislation drew ire from public sector unions.
The release said that the Raimondo campaign received a letter from the union, that represents members of the Painters Local 195 and Glaziers Local 1333, stating that they chose Raimondo “based on her clear support for the working families of Rhode Island.”
The letter went on to say,
“Gina understands how important a good job is for Rhode Island families and she will be a governor who gets people back to work. We are supporting Gina as a leader who will stand up for the middle class and grow our economy in a way that benefits everyone. We look forward to helping her win this November.” – Scott Duhamel, Business Representative
“I appreciate the support of the IUPAT District Council 11,” said Raimondo in the release. “We have the third highest unemployment rate in the country and too many families are struggling. This upcoming election is critical. We have to invest in job creation in order rebuild Rhode Island. That’s why I’m running for governor and I’m honored that so many labor groups have put their confidence in me to turn around this economy.”
SEIU on board
On Tuesday, Raimondo added the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 New England to her list of union supporters.
According to Tuesday’s release, District 1199 SEIU NE represents over 4,000 health care and service workers throughout Rhode Island, along with almost 20,000 in Connecticut. It is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in the United States with more than 2 million members.
The AFL-CIO of Rhode Island voted last week to oppose Raimondo’s opponent, Allan Fung due to his anti-union, privatization platform and “right to work” support.
Raimondo is expected to meet with AFL-CIO members to ask for their endorsement.