UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 32 and IAFF Local 726 are the 23rd and 24th union organizations to back Jason
Issaquah, WA – Former King County Deputy Prosecutor and 8th Congressional District Democratic Candidate Jason Rittereiser continues collecting endorsements from organized labor. Today, Jason announced his 23rd and 24th union endorsements with UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 32 and Pierce County Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 726 announcing their support for Jason in the 8th Congressional District primary.
“Our members were proud to join firefighters, police officers, and our brothers and sisters in organized labor from across Washington in endorsing Jason Rittereiser for Congress in Washington’s 8th District,” said Michael Auvil, Political Action Coordinator for Pierce County Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 726. “We know that Jason will be a strong leader in Congress defending the rights of working people and fighting for the resources necessary to keep our members safe and healthy both on- and off-duty.”
The Pierce County Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 726 represents professional firefighters from 3 different fire districts. Pierce County Fire District 6 “Central Pierce”, Pierce County Fire District 21 “Graham Fire”, and Pierce County Fire District 17 “South Pierce”. IAFF Local 726 represents nearly 400 members, and serve the communities of Tacoma, Parkland, Graham, Kapowsin, Fredrickson, Roy, McKenna, Puyallup, South Hill, Spanaway, Midland, and Eatonville.
“We believe that Jason’s proven track record of fighting for working people and experience dealing with the intersection of law and policy will make him a fierce advocate for our members in Congress,” said Leanne Guier, Political Coordinator and Business Development Specialist for UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 32. “In a critical election where the future of working people’s rights to organize is on the ballot, Jason was a clear choice for our membership.”
The United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) Local 32 members include plumbers, pipefitters, refrigeration, and HVAC workers. UA members work skilled, family-wage jobs that provide a pathway to the middle class. Local 32 is known for its leading apprenticeship programs, and has been representing members for over 124 years.
“I will be proud to stand up for the working people of Washington’s 8th Congressional District in DC,” Jason said. “Union values are American values, and Pierce County Professional Firefighters and UA Local 32 both proudly exemplify the values of hard work, respect, and responsibility for our fellow Americans. Our firefighters and first responders take care of our communities, and I look forward to going to Congress to fight for them and their families.”
Jason has already been endorsed by three statewide labor unions, the Washington State Labor Council, The Washington State Association of Firefighters, and AFSCME Council 28 Washington Federation of State Employees. Nineteen other 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, Seattle firefighters, 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.