In Holyoke, Massachusetts, United Auto Workers has endorsed Green-Rainbow Party candidate Rick Purcell in his campaign for Holyoke City Council Ward 3. This is the UAW’s second recent endorsement of a Green in MA, after their recent endorsement of Mark Miller for MA State Representative. From Purcell’s website:
I’m pleased to announce that I have gained the endorsement of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2322 and the Massachusetts State UAW for my campaign for Holyoke City Council. The UAW Local 2322 is based right here in Holyoke, MA. It represents more than 3,000 workers in Western Massachusetts at 15 workplaces, including higher education, early childhood development, and health & human services. UAW members come from a wide range of cultural, economic, educational, and national backgrounds, including many proud residents of Holyoke Ward 3.I’m thrilled to have the UAW’s endorsement of my candidacy. Union workers fought for and won improvements that we all now take for granted, like the minimum wage, the 40 hour week, social security and the end of child labor. When unions lose ground in this country, the results are clear: the rich become richer, the poor become poorer and the middle class all but disappears.