Today, the Virginia AFL-CIO announced the unanimous endorsement of Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate.
The endorsement process took place at the State Labor Federation’s political meeting, held at the Richmond Marriott in Richmond, VA.
Virginia AFL-CIO President Doris Crouse-Mays stated, “Particularly during a time of economic distress, working men and women need a Senator who understands the very real challenges they face in their daily lives. Our endorsement of Tim Kaine is based upon his commitment on issues of top concern to Virginia’s working families: creating jobs; investing in infrastructure and education; ensuring quality, affordable health care; and improving the quality of life in our communities.”
“My number one priority in the Senate will be creating good-paying jobs and ensuring fairness in our economy,” said Tim Kaine. “In Virginia, we’ve worked hard to create an environment where business and labor work with, not against, each other, and I want to help facilitate that same partnership all across this country as a U.S. Senator.”
“Through investments in education and workforce training we can build a lasting talent economy that will drive growth for generations to come. I am honored to have the endorsement of Virginia’s working families, and I am committed to fighting with them to ensure a stronger economy.”
Tim Kaine grew up working in his father’s union-organized ironworking shop. That experience taught him that businesses succeed when management and employees operate as a team and all parties have a stake in the outcome. This track record of fairness and inclusion is one he carried with him as a Mayor and Governor.
As Governor, Tim Kaine fought for educational investments and workforce training to strengthen our economy. He helped make it easier to start businesses in the Commonwealth, cut taxes for hundreds of thousands of working Virginians, and spearheaded the largest investment in higher education construction in Virginia’s history. Tim Kaine respects the freedom to form unions and bargain for middle-class living standards and understands the struggles of working people. He believes in finding common ground to solve our nation’s problems.
The Virginia AFL-CIO will coordinate a grassroots campaign to educate members on labor’s position in this race. The campaign will consist of member mailings, worksite flyers, phone bank operations and a “labor-to-labor” program, where union members visit other members in the area to discuss endorsed candidates.
The Virginia AFL-CIO represents 150,000 union members in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia AFL-CIO speaks for labor collectively in Virginia and advances labor’s political and public positions. It represents a consensus of labor’s priorities, policy and opinions. Endorsements are made by a two-thirds majority vote of the members of the Virginia AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) representing unions affiliated with the State Labor Federation