AFSCME endorses Gov. Dayton for re-election

By KBJR News 1

AFSCME endorses Gov. Dayton for re-election

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 1:11 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- AFSCME leaders have announced their endorsement to re-elect Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton in 2014.

Spokespeople for AFSCME sent out the following letter:

"One of the state’s largest and most politically active unions – AFSCME Minnesota Council 5 – today announced its endorsement of Gov. Mark Dayton for re-election in 2014.

Executive Director Eliot Seide explains, “Four years ago, AFSCME Council 5 was first to endorse Mark Dayton because we knew he could make Minnesota work again. With Gov. Dayton’s strong leadership, Minnesota has regained every job lost during the recession. We put fairness back in our tax system and ended a decade of deficits and state shutdowns. We invested in every learner from preschool through college. We made Minnesota a more inclusive state where rights are expanding and the middle class is growing. Thanks to Gov. Dayton, our blue state is a beacon of hope and progress.”

Gov. Dayton accepted the endorsement last weekend at AFSCME Council 5’s annual convention in Duluth. In his speech to an audience of nearly 800 union members, Gov. Dayton praised public workers. “You are the soul of state government services,” he said. “I know how hard you work. You’ve stood strong and you’ve stood proud and – thanks to you – I’ve been able to do the same.”

“Mark Dayton is devoted to public service, like AFSCME members are,” says Seide. “He’s been a public school teacher and a social worker. He truly cares about improving people’s lives. He’s one of us.”

AFSCME’s endorsement is a big prize. AFSCME Council 5 and its International union spent well over $1 million on the 2010 governor’s race, mobilized more than 1,000 volunteers, and 75 percent of its members voted for the union’s endorsed candidate.

AFSCME Council 5 is a union of 43,000 workers who advocate for excellence in public services, dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all working families. The union includes 18,000 Minnesota state employees."

Posted to the web by Krista Burns