UFCW 21 Endorsements

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MAIL YOUR BALLOT BY TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018!

Workers’ rights are under attack at the national level. But we can protect the big wins we’ve had here in Washington State, expand our rights on the job, and elect powerful allies in Olympia and in DC who will have our back when it really matters. Want to see secure scheduling statewide? Want to fight for a fairer tax system in our state? Don’t miss the chance to pick the right candidates in the primary so we have real choices this fall. It’s time to make our voices heard at the ballot box.


Candidate Endorsements

Federal

Pramila Jayapal
United States Congress, District 7

Jason Rittereiser
United States Congress, District 8

Kim Schrier
United States Congress, District 8

 

State Legislature

Candidate: Derek Stanford
Office Running for: State Representative 1st Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Marcus Riccelli
Office Running for: State Representative 3rd Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Timm Ormsby
Office Running for: State Representative 3rd Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Bill Ramos
Office Running for: State Representative 5th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Lisa Callan
Office Running for: State Representative 5th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Zack Hudgins
Office Running for: State Representative 11th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Steve Bergquist
Office Running for: State Representative 11th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Tanisha Harris
Office Running for: State Representative 17th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Kathy Gillespie
Office Running for: State Representative 18th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Erin Frasier
Office Running for: State Representative 19th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Strom Peterson
Office Running for: State Representative 21st Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Lillian Ortiz-Self
Office Running for: State Representative 21stLegislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Laurie Dolan
Office Running for: State Representative 22nd Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate:  Beth Doglio
Office Running for: State Representative 22nd Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Sherry Appleton
Office Running for: State Representative 23rd Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Mike Chapman
Office Running for: State Representative 24th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Steve Tharinger
Office Running for: State Representative 24th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Julie Door
Office Running for: State Representative 25th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Brian Duthie
Office Running for: State Representative 25th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Connie Fitzpatrick
Office Running for: State Representative 26th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Joy Stanford
Office Running for: State Representative 26th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Emily Randall
Office Running for: State Senator 26th Legislative District

Candidate: Laurie Jinkins
Office Running for: State Representative 27th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Jake Fey
Office Running for: State Representative 27th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Mari Leavitt
Office Running for: State Representative 28th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Christine Kilduff
Office Running for: State Representative 28th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Melanie Morgan
Office Running for: State Representative 29th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Claire Wilson
Office Running for: State Senate 30th Legislative District

Candidate: Mike Pellicciotti
Office Running for: State Representative 30th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Kristine Reeves
Office Running for: State Representative 30th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Lauren David
Office Running for: State Representative 32nd Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Karen Keiser
Office Running for: State Senator 33rd Legislative District

Candidate: Eileen Cody
Office Running for: State Representative 34th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Joe Fitzgibbon
Office Running for: State Representative 34th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Shannon Braddock
Office Running for: State Senator 34th Legislative District

Candidate: Noel Frame
Office Running for: State Representative 36th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Rebecca Saldaña
Office Running for: State Senator 37th Legislative District

Candidate: June Robinson
Office Running for: State Representative 38th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Mike Sells
Office Running for: State Representative 38th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Debra Lekanoff
Office Running for: State Representative 40th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Tana Senn
Office Running for: State Representative 41st Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: My-Linh Thai
Office Running for: State Representative 41st Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Nicole Macri
Office Running for: State Representative 43rd Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Frank Chopp
Office Running for: State Representative 43rd Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: John Lovick
Office Running for: State Representative 44th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Jared Mead
Office Running for: State Representative 44th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Manka Dhingra
Office Running for: State Senator 45th District

Candidate: Gerry Pollet,
Office Running for: State Representative 46th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Javier Valdez
Office Running for: State Representative 46th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Pat Sullivan
Office Running for: State Representative 47th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Patty Kuderer
Office Running for: State Senator 48th Legislative District

Candidate: Monica Stonier
Office Running for: State Representative 49th Legislative District, Position 2

 

A post-election message from your union.

This election year, UFCW Local Unions 21, 367, 555 and 1439 fought hard for our members and for all working families in Washington and Oregon. And we won some great victories across the Pacific Northwest.

  • Washington voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 1433, which gives every worker in the state the right to earn paid sick and safe leave and raises the minimum wage. I-1433 provides raises to hundreds of thousands of workers, including tens of thousands of UFCW members, and it sets the stage for further advances in coming contract negotiations.
     
  • Voters elected great UFCW-backed candidates like Pramila Jayapal, who will be Washington's newest representative in Congress. Pramila has walked picket lines with UFCW members, supported our contract campaigns and helped to build broad community support for our issues.

This year's victories build on longer-term work we have been doing to advance UFCW members' interests in the political arena.

  • In recent years, Oregon passed UFCW-backed measures for higher minimum wages and sick and safe leave similar to what the voters in Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane recently passed. Our issues have popular support across the Northwest. There is no doubt the communities we serve are with us.
     
  • In Oregon, UFCW 555 continues to build the Working Families Party to advance our issues without having to depend on the Democrats and Republicans. In Washington a movement is also growing toward an independent party for working families.

All UFCW members should take pride in our accomplishments. When we lead with our issues, our values and our hard work WE WIN -- at the bargaining table and at the ballot box.
Unfortunately, our values and issues did not prevail everywhere this year.

As a result of the election, the White House and Congress will soon be controlled by politicians who have consistently supported big corporations against working people. We are talking about:

  • Politicians who have pledged to restrict workers' rights to have a voice on the job.
  • Politicians who want to hand Social Security to Wall Street.
  • Politicians who want to give even more power to health insurance companies, and take away rights from health care consumers and workers.

We are deeply concerned that our employers will take the election outcome as a signal that it's okay to refuse our just demands for living wages, fair schedules, affordable health care and secure pensions.

And we are concerned that politicians are attempting to divide working people with rhetoric and policies that unjustly target immigrants, people of color, women and other groups.
Our UFCW family includes people of all faiths, ethnicities, genders, languages, sexual orientations and ages.

When we take action together -- we are stronger.

When we defend each other against discrimination -- we are stronger.

When we stand together at work, at the bargaining table and in the political arena -- we win better contracts and pro-worker policies.

We cannot afford to let any politician divide us and sacrifice our rights to the power of giant corporations. When Donald Trump appeals to hate and division, he is expressing the very opposite of union values.

All of us at UFCW will stand together. We will protect one another. We will have each other’s backs. That is the very reason we exist -- to protect the rights of our fellow workers. And that has not changed.

We anticipate big challenges ahead. But we will continue to fight for our issues and our values, including living wages, sick and safe leave, better hours and equitable work schedules, affordable health care, secure pensions and the freedom to organize in our workplaces and communities. And we know that we can win if we stay united, because the public supports us on every one of these issues.

In order to face these challenges and emerge victorious we need to step up, stay united and get organized. We need more UFCW members to become active and informed. We need more members to become UFCW stewards.

It is our activists and stewards who lead the fight to enforce and bargain even better contracts.

It is our activists and stewards who lead the fight for legislation that reflects our values and boosts our contracts.

And it is our activists and stewards who help us build stronger bonds with the communities we serve.

We look forward to hearing from you and we stand ready to take on the challenges ahead, all of us together, as a union family.

 

Todd Crosby
UFCW 21 President

Faye Guenther
UFCW 21 Secretary-Treasurer

Dan Clay
UFCW 555 President

Jeff Anderson
UFCW 555 Secretary-Treasurer

Denise Jagielo
UFCW 367 President

Lindsay Garner
UFCW 367 Secretary-Treasurer

Ron Banka
UFCW 1439 President

Eric Renner
UFCW 1439 Secretary-Treasurer

 

Link to Full Letter

UFCW 21 Endorses Early for O'Brien and Sawant in Seattle Council Races

UFCW 21, the state's largest private sector union, announced this morning that it has endorsed both Mike O'Brien (District 6) and  Kshama Sawant (District 3) for the 2015 Seattle City Council races. These are early endorsements. More decisions are yet to be made about other candidates for Council seats.

"Mike O’Brien and Kshama Sawant have given our members many reasons to vote for them and have earned the support of UFCW 21. Both have been leaders on the Council for working families.  They fought for a strong minimum wage law and they understand good jobs have to be part of smart development for all," said Todd Crosby, Secretary-Treasurer for UFCW 21.

O’Brien was a champion for the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Days law and both he and Sawant have supported the strong enforcement of the law.

These two elected officials consistently consider the interests of workers and good jobs over the interests of big developers and big corporations. O'Brien and Sawant are proven leaders on the council and have led on issues important to us. We look forward to them returning to the Council.

UFCW 21 has over 10,000 members who live or work in Seattle. These members are part of our large union of 45,000 members across the state. UFCW 21 members work in grocery stores, retail, health care and other industries. Our union considers endorsements for candidates who are champions for working people.  

Kshama Sawant (District 3) 

Kshama Sawant (District 3) 

Mike O'Brien (District 6) 

Mike O'Brien (District 6)