This critical endorsement marks the 15th union to back Rittereiser
Issaquah, WA – Former King County Deputy Prosecutor and 8th Congressional District Democratic Candidate Jason Rittereiser landed a major endorsement today from the Washington Federation of State Employees.
The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 28 represents more than 42,000 state and public employees that all contribute to making Washington one of the country’s most desirable places to live, work, and raise a family. This endorsement demonstrates Rittereiser’s deep support among working people throughout all corners of the district.
Our members felt strongly that Jason will relentlessly defend their rights in Congress,” says Dennis Eagle, Director of Legislative and Political Action for WFSE. “It’s not enough just to be a good vote for unions anymore. Given the threat public sector unions are facing with the impending Janus v. AFSCME decision, now more than ever we need experienced advocates like Jason in Congress.”
“’I’m thrilled to receive the backing of 42,000 committed public servants working to educate our kids, keep our communities safe, and caring for our families,” Rittereiser said. “As the son of two public servants, I know the real day-to-day impact the issues of collective bargaining, workplace protections, and guaranteed retirement benefits make on every single one of those 42,000 working families. I’m deeply honored they trust me to protect those rights in Congress as Republicans try to undermine the public sector unions that form the backbone of the middle class.”
Rittereiser has now been endorsed by eighteen organizations, more than twice the number of endorsements of any other candidate in the race. The 42,000 members of WFSE join fourteen other union locals in endorsing Rittereiser’s candidacy: 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.
Rittereiser 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, Rittereiser is the first Democrat since the district’s expansion into central Washington that can compete with Republicans for every vote.