Tuesday, December 27, 2011

NM-1: American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Endorses Eric Griego for Congress

The following endorsement information was provided by the Eric Griego for Congress Campaign.

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NM State Senator Eric Griego and Christine Trujillo 

Eric Griego for Congress (NM-1) announced today the endorsement by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), one of the largest unions in New Mexico with more than 24,000 members, including 6,500 members in the First Congressional District.

“It’s more important than ever that we elect leaders who truly understand that we can’t build a 21st century economy without investing in 21st century education,” said Christine Trujillo, the President of AFT New Mexico.  “Eric Griego has been a steadfast champion for education in the State Senate and on the Albuquerque City Council, and our educational employees (teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education professionals and early childhood members) will work hard to elect him as our next Congressman.”

“Eric Griego is the clear choice in this election for teachers, parents and children who want to strengthen our schools,” said Sara Attleson, Chairwoman of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation Committee on Political Education (COPE).  “Eric doesn’t just give lip service – his record of fighting for school funding and ensuring that teachers have the resources to teach well is unmatched.”

“I was able to get a good education and make a decent middle class living because of my teachers’ dedication to my success,” Griego said.  “That’s why I’m proud that the teachers are standing with me so that I can go to Washington to continue fighting for good education for every kid.”

The AFT represents more than 1.5 million working and retired teachers, school support staff, higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; and federal, state and municipal employees.  AFT has more than 24,000 members in New Mexico, including 6,500 in the First Congressional District.

The AFT’s endorsement adds to the powerful political momentum behind Eric Griego’s candidacy.  Last week, Griego announced the endorsement by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), also one of the largest unions in the country with more than 4,000 members in the district, and by Democracy for America and Daily Kos.  Griego is building a powerful coalition of labor, environmental, progressive grassroots and netroots constituencies for his congressional campaign.

December 27, 2011 at 02:21 PM in Candidates & Races, Education, Eric Griego, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012, Unions | Permalink | Comments (2)

Friday, December 23, 2011

NM-1: Communications Workers of America (CWA) Endorses Eric Griego for Congress

Following is an announcement from the Eric Griego for Congress Campaign.

Eric-griego formalOn Monday Dec. 19th, Democrat Eric Griego announced his endorsement by the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The CWA endorsement was made by both the union’s state council comprising all of the local unions and the international union.

The endorsement is significant because the union represents 6,000 members in New Mexico, including more than 4,000 in the First Congressional District, and is one of the largest unions within the AFL-CIO.

This latest union endorsement joins those by AFSCME, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, District 1199NM National Union Hospital and Healthcare Employees Union and the Bakers, Confectionaries, Tobacco Workers and Millers Union (BCTGM) Local 351.  Collectively, these unions represent nearly 20,000 members in New Mexico.

“The livelihood of working families are under attack by a Congress that is beholden to a 1%-only agenda, and we need a real fighter for the middle class more than ever in Washington,” said Michael Salazar, president of the CWA New Mexico State Council.  “CWA is proud to endorse Eric Griego for Congress because he has always been a steadfast champion for working families, and we’re going to work hard to make sure he’s our next Congressman.”

“We need to send more elected representatives to Washington who isn’t afraid to stand up to the 1%-only agenda and their powerful backers,” said Richard Toledo, president of CWA Local 7011.  “Eric Griego has always shown that he has the courage to stand up for working families even when going gets tough, and we will stand with him as he has stood with us.”

“As State Senator and Albuquerque City Councilor, Eric has always sided with working families on issues such as increasing the minimum wage and savings jobs,” said Michelle Lewis, president of CWA Local 7076.  “Eric Griego is that rare politician who says what he believes, and actually does what he says.”

CWA joins a growing coalition of local and national progressive, labor, environmental and Democratic supporters.  Griego’s endorsers include progressive and Hispanic leaders such as Congressman Raúl Grijalva, the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; national progressive grassroots groups such as the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and MoveOn.org Political Action; labor unions such as CWA, AFSCME, Teamsters, and the nurses and bakers unions; environmental groups such as Conservation Voters New Mexico, League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club; and more than two dozen current and former local and state elected officials.

December 23, 2011 at 07:54 AM in Candidates & Races, Eric Griego, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012, Unions | Permalink | Comments (0)