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Hoyer Endorsed by Seafarers International Union

BOWIE, MD -- The Seafarers International Union (SIU) endorsed Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) for re-election to represent Maryland's Fifth District in Congress.  Its endorsement was based on Congressman Hoyer's years-long record of fighting for workers' rights and for opportunities for working Marylanders and their families to get ahead.  
"I'm proud to receive the endorsement of the SIU," Congressman Hoyer said.  "It represents some of the hardest working people in our state, whose work is essential for Fifth District exporters, for our economic development, and for the economy of the Chesapeake Bay region and Atlantic seaboard. I look forward to continuing to partner with Maryland seafarers to fight for every worker's right to organize and bargain collectively as well as for safer working conditions, the creation of new jobs that pay well, and support in Congress for the Maritime Security Program. In these tough times, it is critical that we stand together to protect workers and their families."

“There are few members of Congress who have consistently and effectively advocated on behalf of the men and women of the United States Merchant Marine more than you have,” wrote SIU President Michael Sacco in a letter to Congressman Hoyer.  “Your efforts have helped to keep America safe, keep our maritime industry sailing in peace and in war, and have helped to provide good-paying, middle-class jobs for tens, if not hundreds of thousands of Americans throughout your career.”  

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Congressman Hoyer has been a staunch supporter of labor unions and collective bargaining rights for workers. He has fought tirelessly for access to opportunities like affordable health care, higher education and skills training, homeownership and affordable housing, and retirement security. He has successfully brought key pieces of workers' rights legislation before the House for consideration, including the PRO Act, which protects workers and unions against the Trump Administration's efforts to undo the hard-won victories of the workers' rights movement.  
The primary election for Maryland's Fifth Congressional District will take place on Tuesday, June 2, and ballots will be cast primarily by mail. Every registered voter will receive a ballot by mail from the state's Board of Elections, and they must be completed and returned with a postmark no later than June 2 to be counted. No postage is necessary to return a completed ballot by mail. 
To learn more about Congressman Hoyer's record on education and other important issues, visit