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SEIU Maryland-DC State Council Endorses Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman


September 30, 2013

SEIU Maryland-DC State Council Endorses Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman 

Representing more than 45,000, SEIU Maryland-DC State Council Cites Brown’s years of work on increasing the minimum wage in their endorsement of the Brown Ulman Team 

Baltimore, MD. – Today, at an announcement in the Baltimore Urban League, Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman accepted the endorsement of the SEIU Maryland-DC State Council. In their endorsement, SEIU highlighted Anthony Brown’s long record of results on behalf of working families, including his leadership in implementing health care reform, his initiatives to expand worker training and his effort to increase the minimum wage in Maryland over the last nine years. In fact, as a Delegate, Brown voted for a minimum wage increase in 2004 and 2006 (Brown missed a vote in 2005 because he was deployed to Iraq with the Army). In June of this year, Brown announced that raising the minimum wage continues to be one of his top legislative priorities. The SEIU Maryland-DC State Council represents over 45,000 hard working men and women in the fields of health care, property services and government.

“I enthusiastically accept the endorsement of the SEIU Maryland State Council and look forward to working with them to create a better Maryland for more Marylanders,” said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. “To build a better Maryland, we need to ensure that all Marylanders have a fair opportunity to achieve the American dream of a better life for themselves and their families – this starts with a good job with good pay and benefits. As we continue to grow our economy and strengthen working families, we’ll also work to raise the minimum wage. This is an effort that I’ve helped lead for years and, while I know that getting it done won’t be easy, it’s a fight that I think is very important to working families.”

“Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown has been a long-time champion for increasing the minimum wage,” said Jaime Contreras, SEIU Maryland/DC State Council President and 32BJ SEIU Vice President. “Brown stands with security officers and hospital workers here in Baltimore who are also fighting for livable wages.”

“From helping ensure Maryland is at the forefront of healthcare reform, to securing funding for a new Prince George’s medical center and training for caregivers, health care has always been a priority for Anthony Brown,” explained Lanae Jones, an 1199SEIU delegate who works at Johns Hopkins Hospital. “That’s why we’re proud to be endorsing him today for Governor.”

“Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman understand my struggle trying to scrape by on poverty wages and I trust that they’ll look out for me,” said Anthony Thompson-Shaw, a Brantley-employed security officer at the Legg Mason Tower in Harbor East. “They know our community needs good jobs with better wages and benefits to support our families.”

The SEIU Maryland-DC State Council represents nearly 45,000 members of 32BJ, SEIU Local 500, Local 400 PG, Local 722, 1199 SEIU UHE and SEIU NAGE 5000. The Maryland/DC State Council of the 2.1-million-member Service Employees International Union endorsement ensures the Brown-Ulman campaign will receive significant union support, including hundreds of SEIU member-volunteers who will knock on thousands of doors, make thousands of phone calls, and speak out within their communities.

SEIU has played a vital role in many important elections in Maryland. Through member outreach and media efforts, SEIU has helped elect several officials in Maryland including President Barack Obama, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Governor Martin O’Malley and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker.

To see an updated list of all of Anthony Brown’s endorsements, click here.

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