NEW: Local Unions Endorse Joe Almeida for State Rep.
Friday, August 31, 2012
UNITE-HERE 217 and SEIU Locals 615 and District 1199 New England SEIU endorsed Joe Almeida in the Democratic Primary for State Representative in House District 12. The three unions cited Almeida’s commitment to fighting for the working families of Providence and Rhode Island and his record of bringing honesty and integrity to public service.
"I am proud our union is standing up to support Joe Almeida for State Representative," said Laura Caceres, a member of SEIU Local 615 and a contracted janitor in downtown Providence. She added "As workers, we need representatives who will stand up and fight for us. I know Joe will be a strong voice for us in the State House and in our community.”
“I am proud that Local 217 is supporting Joe Almeida because he represents and fights for workers. Now is the time that we need a real presence in the State House for the working class,” Gricelda Cruz, laundry department at the Biltmore Hotel and District 12 voter.
Almeida expressed enthusiasm over receiving the endorsement from three of the most politically active unions in Providence and Rhode Island.
"I am thrilled to be endorsed by labor unions who represent the working class," said Joe Almeida. "SEIU District 1199, SEIU Local 615 and UNITE HERE Local 217 have long histories of standing up for workers' rights and economic justice and I can't wait to go up to the State House to fight for a stronger middle class."
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