October 26, 2015
By Bob Levine, LaborPress USA
Upper Marlboro, Md.– The Maryland State Council of Machinists has endorsed Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery), for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D).
“This seat is an essential one for labor and Raskin has shown extraordinary leadership in the Maryland General Assembly and that he will take on the tough fights and build the coalitions needed to win big victories for working families,” said International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) President Tom Buffenbarger. “As a distinguished constitutional law professor and civil rights lawyer, Jamie has always fought hard for the rights of unions and working people. As a State Senator, he has been a staunch defender of the right to organize and collectively bargain and he’s been a passionate opponent of union-busting.
”“The labor movement needs effective progressive leaders we can count on to do the right thing at a time of big-money corporate politics and right-wing assaults on the living standards of working people,” said Buffenbarger. “We are proud to stand with Jamie and will do whatever we can with our brothers and sisters in the Labor movement to see that he wins this crucial Democratic primary election on April 26, 2016.”*** IAM represents nearly 5,000 workers across Maryland, in addition to 600,000 active and retired members throughout North America.