55,000 Workers & Retirees Endorse Chris Murphy for SenateApril 05 2012
Connecticut’s largest union, the State Council of SEIU, joins Team Murphy
HARTFORD –The State Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today announced their endorsement of Chris Murphy to be Connecticut’s next United States Senator. Comprising six affiliated local unions representing more than 55,000 workers and retirees, SEIU is Connecticut’s largest union.
“Chris Murphy has been a champion for working families since his days as a state representative,” said Paul Filson, executive director of the state council. “While he has been in Congress, he has been a leader in supporting the 99 percent. SEIU is confident that Murphy will continue to lead as a member of the Senate and SEIU is enthusiastic and committed to helping Murphy win both the primary and general elections to get him there.”
“From the beginning of my public service, I’ve stood with Connecticut’s workers and fought to create jobs and make our economy work for everybody” said Murphy. “To have SEIU and the 55,000 workers and retirees they represent across Connecticut join our team is an extraordinary boost for our growing grassroots campaign, and I’m honored to have them in our corner."
The State Council of SEIU includes:
- Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges/SEIU Local 1973
- Connecticut District/SEIU Local 32BJ
- CSEA SEIU Local 2001
- Connecticut Employees Union Independent/SEIU Local 511
- International Brotherhood of Police Officers/SEIU Local 731
- New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199/SEIU
Since announcing his candidacy last year, Murphy has continued to build a grassroots campaign that has grown stronger by the day. He has received the endorsement of the Working Families Party, the Connecticut Education Association, Connecticut Fire Fighters, United Auto Workers, Connecticut Laborers, the Connecticut State Building and Construction Trades Council, the Communications Workers of America, the League of Conservation Voters, Connecticut’s entire Congressional House delegation, Attorney General George Jepsen, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, dozens of state Senators and state Representatives and over 8,000 Democratic and progressive activists from all across Connecticut.