United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 876 announced today it is throwing its support and resources behind Rashida Tlaib’s campaign for U.S. Congress in Michigan’s 13th district.
UFCW 876 represents workers in the grocery, retail, packing and processing, pharmacy and nursing home fields, and fights to provide union families with a better quality of life by creating safe and just working environments.
“UFCW 876 is very proud to endorse and support Rashida Tlaib for Congress. She is a fearless advocate, working tirelessly to build and protect Michigan’s communities, and she recognizes that people are the very core of a healthy economy,” said UFCW 876 President Dan Pedersen. “Rashida has made a career of standing up for others, and despite the monumental push back of big business, she persists. Now more than ever, we need a strong, knowledgeable and fearless voice for working America.”
Rashida’s campaign is already off to a strong start, having raised more than any other candidate in the race and having already knocked more than 10,000 doors. The endorsement of UFCW 876 comes on the heels of endorsements from million-member Democracy for America and filmmaker and progressive activist Michael Moore as progressive organizations continue to pledge to support Rashida, with others including the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Justice Democrats, and The People for Bernie.
“I’m honored to receive the support of UFCW 876, a union that works every day to make life better for working people and their families,” Rashida said. “Economic justice makes us all healthier, safer, and makes our communities fairer for everyone. In partnership with the dedicated members of UFCW 876, we’re going to win and take our fight on behalf of working people to Congress.”
As the eldest of 14 children, growing up in Detroit, and fighting for working families as a public interest lawyer, Rashida is one of the hardest working and strongest progressive advocates in Michigan. Rashida made history in 2008 by winning her race for State Representative and becoming the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Michigan Legislature. Rashida served three terms, rising to the Democratic Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, where she restored and secured millions of dollars for free health clinics, lead abatement, Meals on Wheels programs for seniors, before and after-school programs, and education funding.
To learn more about Rashida, please visit: www.RashidaForCongress.com.