Jason has now earned the endorsement of 16 unions
Issaquah, WA – Former King County Deputy Prosecutor and 8th Congressional District Democratic Candidate Jason Rittereiser continues picking up steam among organized labor, earning the endorsement of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 66.
The Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 66 represents more than 4,800 highly skilled professionals in the construction, manufacturing, and service industries across all of Western Washington. Their endorsement is the latest in a string of union locals backing Jason’s campaign, demonstrating his broad appeal among working people from all corners of the 8th Congressional District.
“Our members trust that Jason’s breadth of experience fighting for working people and holding abusive employers accountable will make him an effective champion for their families in Congress,” says Tim Carter, Business Manager for Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 66. “We need a representative in the 8th that will make advocating for our members’ rights their top priority, not just vote the right way on our issues. With the Republicans constantly pushing their anti-union agenda, we need a battle-tested advocate like Jason more than ever.”
“’I’m incredibly grateful for the faith the Sheet Metal Workers have in me to protect their rights in Congress,” Jason said. “As someone who has dedicated my career to fighting for working families and holding big corporations accountable when they break the law, I’m deeply concerned about the constant attacks on working people coming from our federal government. These folks are already facing the worst income inequality since the Great Depression, and I’m glad to have the hard-working men and women of Local 66 standing with me as we fight to reverse that trend and create a brighter future for their families.”
Jason has now been endorsed by nineteen organizations, more than twice the number of endorsements of any other candidate in the race. Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 66’s 4,800 members join fifteen other union locals in endorsing Jason’s candidacy: Washington Federation of State Employees, Washington Interior and Exterior Systems’ Local 41, 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 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 can compete with Republicans for every vote.