Labor Unions and Organizations sign up to support Joe McDermott


Seattle, WA (May 24, 2016) — King County Council Chair Joe McDermott continues to garner support with working men and women in the Seventh Congressional District, securing endorsements from several labor unions and organizations. Throughout his tenure in public service — over ten years in the state legislature and now over five years on the King County Council — Councilmember McDermott has delivered real results for the labor community. These results include passing legislation to allow home care workers to bargain collectively with the state, and investing in infrastructure projects like transit and rebuilding the South Park Bridge to create good jobs and promote economic growth in the region.

“These labor organizations represent thousands of workers in the Seventh District and around Washington State. I’m honored to have earned their support,” said Joe McDermott. “I’ll put my 15-year record of delivering for working families up against anyone’s, and I’m thrilled to have these organizations recognize that and join me in this campaign.”

Today, joining the growing list of groups endorsing Joe’s candidacy are…

  •  AFSCME Council 28 — Washington Federation of State Employees
  •  Seattle/King County Building & Construction Trades Council
  • United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 32


Working men and women are the heart and soul of our economy, and they deserve elected officials that will stand up for them. As your representative in Congress, Joe McDermott will never stop fighting for and delivering results for working families.

“Councilmember McDermott’s leadership and support for public employees both today and for the past 15 years has been unwavering,” said Brooks Salazar, Statewide Executive Board Member of the Washington Federation of State Employees. “We need someone with that kind of track record to fight for working men and women back in the other Washington which is why Washington State Federation of Employees is standing with Joe and his campaign for Congress.”

“Joe knows what it takes to get our economy moving — great jobs and wages building our region’s infrastructure,” said Monty Anderson, Executive Secretary of Seattle/King County Building and Construction Trades Council. “With 15 years of experience facilitating important projects around the Puget Sound and supporting Project Labor Agreements, construction careers and apprenticeships, I know Joe will continue to deliver results for construction workers and our economy when he gets to Congress.”

These unions and organizations join strong local supporters for Councilmember McDermott, such as King County Executive Dow Constantine, Democratic Leader of the State Senate Sharon Nelson and other leaders from around the Seventh Congressional District.

“Councilmember McDermott has a 15-year track record delivering results for working men and women, organized labor and public investment in projects that create good, living-wage jobs,” said Leanne Guier, Political Director for UA Local 32. “UA Local 32 is focused on getting good jobs with good wages to our region and Joe is the candidate that will get to Congress and start delivering those federal investments and partnerships needed to grow our economy.”