January 7, 2014
UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Today, United Food and Commercial Workers’ Local 400, Local 27, and Local 1994 endorsed Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and County Executive Ken Ulman in their race for Governor and Lt. Governor of Maryland. The organizations, which together represent thousands of Maryland workers, backed Brown due to his leadership in the fight to raise Maryland’s minimum wage, as well as his work maintaining record funding for Maryland schools and strong support for middle class families.
“The workers of UFCW represent the best of what Maryland has to offer, and when UFCW is strong, Maryland’s middle class is strong,” said Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown. “We’ve made great progress over the past seven years as we’ve built the most highly skilled and talented workforce in the country and maintained record education funding. But there is much more to be done, and Ken Ulman and I are eager to partner with UFCW in office to continue strengthening Maryland’s middle class families — an effort that starts now by raising our minimum wage.”
“UFCW has been a force in advancing social and economic justice for all Marylanders, and Anthony and I are energized by their support,” said County Executive Ken Ulman. “Now we’re ready to get to work to raise our minimum wage, expand access to a high-quality Pre-K education to all Maryland children, and foster a strong business climate for job growth. I know that UFCW will be right alongside us as we achieve results for middle class families.”
“Anthony Brown is a proven leader for Maryland’s working families, and UFCW Local 400 is ready to go to elect him and Ken Ulman,” said Mark Federici, President of United Food and Commercial Workers’ Local 400. “Anthony is leading the charge to increase Maryland’s minimum wage and he’s stood up for vital collective bargaining rights for Maryland workers. He’s been a friend to us for nearly 15 years, and we know that we can count on him to continue strengthening Maryland’s middle class as Governor.”
“Throughout his tenure as Lt. Governor and state Delegate, Anthony Brown has made sticking up for Maryland’s middle class his top priority, which is why UFCW Local 27 is now sticking up for him,” said George Murphy Jr., President of United Food and Commercial Workers’ Local 27. “We know that, as Governor, Anthony will get results for working families. We’ll be right alongside him helping to make his priorities of raising the minimum wage, creating universal, voluntary, and high-quality Pre-K, and creating jobs a reality.”
“UFCW Local 1994 is proud to be endorsing Anthony Brown because he’s the best choice to advocate for our members all over the state,” said Gino Renne, President of United Food and Commercial Workers’ Local 1994. “As Governor, he’ll work to create a strong climate for job growth — and he has a lengthy record of fighting to expand access to healthcare and educational opportunity. Our 9,000 members will be mobilizing to deliver Maryland for Anthony and Ken Ulman in this election.”
Together, UFCW Locals 400, 27, and 1994 MCGEO represent thousands of workers in Maryland. Their members work in the retail food, retail, health care, law enforcement, food processing, service, and other industries, and will add to the Brown-Ulman team’s strong grassroots support as they work to elect Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman.