From the Finch campaign:
Today, the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE)–which is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)–announced its endorsement of Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch’s re-election bid.
NAGE Local R1-200 is one of Bridgeport’s largest unions. It represents over 700 non-supervisory City of Bridgeport employees including clerical, custodial, security, school nutrition aides, inspectors, and 911 dispatchers.
“Bridgeport has faced more challenges than many cities have, but during your two terms as mayor, Bridgeport has made admirable progress,” said NAGE National President David J. Holway. “The city has experienced significant reductions in crime, and your strong focus on renewable energy is opening up a strong, sustainable economic future for the people of Bridgeport. We also believe that you value the contributions of the women and men who work for the city and will include them as partners in Bridgeport’s ongoing reinvention.”
In a joint statement from NAGE Local R1-200 President Dwayne Harrison and Vice-President Mike Freddino, they stated that job protection was one of the key reasons for their support.
“Together, we were able to negotiate a contract that has both benefited the City of Bridgeport, and our members,” said Harrison and Freddino. “We received fair cost of living increases and job protection. We urge all Bridgeport NAGE members and their families to give Bill Finch four more years.”
Mayor Finch stated that he is honored to receive NAGE’s endorsement.
“I’m honored and humbled to receive an endorsement from such a respected labor organization,” said Mayor Finch. “I look forward to fighting for hardworking Bridgeporters, including NAGE employees, for another four years. Together, we’re truly making Bridgeport a city that works for everyone.”