WSCFF is the 3rd statewide union and 21st union organization overall to back Rittereiser
Issaquah, WA – Former King County Deputy Prosecutor and 8th Congressional District Democratic Candidate Jason Rittereiser continues building momentum among organized labor. Today, Jason announced his third endorsement from a major statewide union with the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters backing his candidacy.
“With public sector unions under assault from all three branches of the federal government, we need a champion for workers’ rights like Jason in Congress more than ever,” Dennis Lawson, President of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, says. “We’re confident that Jason’s experience fighting for working people and his track record of winning against powerful interests will make him an effective leader on workers’ rights in Congress, not just a good vote.”
The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters represents 130 affiliated local firefighter unions and more than 8,300 firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians affiliated with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) within the state. WSCFF members work skilled, family-wage jobs that provide a pathway to the middle class.
“I am incredibly humbled to receive such overwhelming support from firefighters and first responders throughout our district and across the state,” Jason said. “As the son of a police officer, I’m all too familiar with the risks our firefighters, police officers, and first responders take every day to keep us safe. I’ll work tirelessly in Congress to make sure our firefighters and first responders have the resources and equipment they need to return home safely to their families after every shift.”
Jason has already been endorsed by two statewide labor unions, the Washington State Labor Council and AFSCME Council 28 Washington Federation of State Employees. Eighteen union locals have also endorsed Jason, including the Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30, Pile Drivers and Divers Local 196, Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 66, Washington Interior and Exterior Systems’ Local 41, Renton firefighters, Tacoma firefighters, Maple Valley firefighters, East Pierce Fire & Rescue, Upper Kittitas County Medic One, the Valley Professional firefighters, the Eastside firefighters, the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 598, International Union of Operating Engineers Locals 612 and 286, the Renton Police Guild, the Communication Workers of America’s Pacific Northwest Council, the ILWU Puget Sound Council, and the ILWU Foremen’s Local 98.
Jason has also been endorsed by the Kittitas County Democrats, the coalition of Indivisible groups in the 8th Congressional District, the 5th LD Democrats, and the Young Democrats of Washington.
Jason is running to replace retiring incumbent Republican Dave Reichert in one of the nation’s most closely watched Congressional contests, as Washington’s 8th district could decide which party controls the House. The only candidate with roots on both sides of the mountains, Jason is the first Democrat since the district’s expansion into central Washington that independent polling shows can compete with Republicans for every vote.