Over 100 labor union affiliates across the state have officially backed the Reverend’s movement, as the campaign enters the final weeks with consolidated support among Georgia and national leaders
Atlanta, GA – Today, the Georgia American Federation of Labor (Georgia AFL-CIO), representing over 250,000 union members and retirees in the Peach State, announced its endorsement of Reverend Raphael Warnock’s campaign to represent all Georgians in the U.S. Senate. The announcement adds to Warnock’s support from state and national figures, including Stacey Abrams, every Democratic member of Georgia’s Congressional delegation, the majority of the U.S. Senate Democratic Caucus and the majority of the Democrats serving in the Georgia State House and Senate.
The national AFL-CIO is the country’s largest federation of unions, with 55 national and international labor unions that represent 12.5 million working Americans. In the Georgia AFL-CIO’s endorsement, State Federation President Charlie Flemming pointed to Warnock’s advocacy and history of fighting for working families. Warnock has pledged to fight in the U.S. Senate, for the dignity of working people by: pushing to end unfair labor practices, including ‘Right to Work’ status in states like Georgia; supporting pay equity; rolling back the power of corporations and putting it back in the hands of workers; and advocating for expanded affordable access to health care, as millions of workers who rely on employer-based coverage have lost it in the middle of a pandemic.
“During this unprecedented time, Georgians need a senator that will advocate for policies and reforms to strengthen the rights of Georgia’s workers,” said Georgia AFL-CIO State Federation President Charlie Flemming. “Reverend Raphael Warnock has made it clear that he is a strong supporter of organized labor, and we are excited to work to elect him as the next Senator from Georgia and push back against the anti-worker agenda that threatens our nation and families.”
“Georgia unions and all working people are hungry for pro-worker reforms to our existing labor laws. By electing Reverend Raphael Warnock to the U.S. Senate, Georgians have an opportunity to tilt the playing field back to the side of real people with a champion committed to giving Georgia’s hardworking families a fair shake. AFL-CIO is unified with Warnock in our shared commitment to working families, protecting the dignity of work and health care, and advancing progress for all,” added Georgia AFL-CIO State Federation Secretary-Treasurer Yvonne Robinson.
“Built on a foundation paved by organized labor, the middle class has long been the backbone of America’s economy,” said Reverend Warnock. “United behind a shared commitment to working families, I am pleased to have earned the endorsement of AFL-CIO and stand ready to fight for affordable access to health care and bring pro-worker values to Washington as the next U.S. Senator from Georgia.”
Reverend Warnock launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate in January 2020, and independent analysts at Cook Political immediately moved the race to one of the most competitive in the nation. Warnock outraised every candidate – Democrat and Republican – for the special election in the first two fundraising quarters this year. He’s also earned support from leaders across the state including Stacey Abrams, the late Congressman John Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young, Jon Ossoff, Teresa Tomlinson, Sarah Riggs Amico, Jason Carter and countless local officials. In addition to robust support from Georgians, he is backed by Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, Democracy for America, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC as well as Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and over 30 United States Senators, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Sherrod Brown and Cory Booker.
About Reverend Warnock
Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. Fourteen years ago, he was chosen to serve as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is only the fifth Senior Pastor in the history of the church and the youngest pastor ever selected to serve in that position. Reverend Warnock believes his service does not stop at the church door, and has been an advocate to expand health care coverage and to ensure hardworking Georgians can make a living wage. As Senator, Reverend Warnock will bring to Washington the concerns of struggling Georgia families who wonder why no one is looking out for them, and focus on fighting for quality, affordable health care, for the dignity of working people who are paid too little as our government works more for Wall Street, and to make sure every voice is heard.
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