The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers announced it is endorsing Democrat Gwen Graham for governor. The Machinists and Aerospace Workers joins the United Steelworkers, which endorsed Graham in June, as the second major union to endorse Graham.
“With 39 lodges across the state of Florida, you’ll find our union members working in manufacturing and aerospace from Pensacola to Miami,” said Frank Ortis, president of the Florida State Council of Machinists. “We are excited to endorse Gwen Graham and ready to elect her Florida’s next governor. Gwen has the experience and leadership Florida needs to create jobs, raise wages and lift up working families.”
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and represents more than 600,000 men and women.
In Congress, Graham took actions to benefit union workers, including co-sponsoring legislation to raise the minimum wage, opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and authoring the bipartisan Middle STEP Act to expand technical education.
“For almost twenty years the politicians in Tallahassee have had the wrong priorities for the wrong people. They’ve sold out to special interests and forgot the working men and women who built our state and drive our economy.” Graham said. “We must do the common sense things other states have already done, like raise the minimum wage and pass paid sick leave — but those proposals alone aren’t enough. As governor, I will fight to protect Florida’s aerospace industry, create new manufacturing jobs and expand technical education in our schools.”