BOWIE, MD -- Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) announced that he has received the unanimous endorsement of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Maryland and D.C. State Council and the endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Teamers Local 639. He has already been endorsed by 32BJ SEIU as well as a number of other labor organizations representing tens of thousands of Maryland workers and many throughout Maryland's Fifth District. SEIU Maryland and D.C. State Council represents 35,000 health care workers, janitors, and child care workers in the region, and includes all local SEIU chapters in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Teamsters Local 639 represents thousands of workers in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C.
"I'm honored to receive these endorsements," Congressman Hoyer said. "Our country's economic success over the generations has been made possible by organized labor. I will continue to be an ally and advocate for the working men and women of Maryland and of America as we confront an unprecedented global crisis as well as an administration that is actively working against the rights of working people."
"Steny Hoyer has been a lifelong fighter for the rights of workers and their unions," said Daniel Fields Jr., SEIU MD-DC State Council President said. "He has led the fight in opposing a president who tramples workers’ rights. Especially now, as we face a public health and economic crisis as bad as any we have known in our lifetimes, we look to leaders who combine the skills to pass legislation while understanding the hopes and fears of all Americans. Steny Hoyer is such a leader."
"The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 639 is proud to support and endorse Congressman Hoyer, a true champion of workers rights," said John Gibson, President, Teamsters Local 639. "We've been proud to work with Congressman Hoyer throughout his career to secure better pay and safety standards for workers in Maryland and around the nation. Congressman Hoyer is always there for his labor brothers and sisters and we know he's fighting for us in Congress. He worked hard to ensure passage of the Butch Lewis Act in the House of Representatives, which would protect the pensions of millions of workers. We also appreciate the work he has done to expand access to affordable, quality health care to millions of working families. We'll continue to work closely with Congressman Hoyer to protect the right to bargain collectively."
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 ballot must be completed and returned with a postmark no later than 8:00pm on June 2 to be counted. No postage is necessary to return a completed ballot by mail.
In-person drop-off sites are also located in every Maryland county, and ballots may be dropped off at these sites until 8:00pm on June 2. For a list of drop-off sites from the Board of Elections, click here.
To learn more about Congressman Hoyer's record on workers' rights and other important issues, visit www.HoyerforCongress.com.