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Wicked Local Swampscott – Service employee union endorses Markey

The Massachusetts Service Employees International Union has endorsed Congressman Ed Markey in the Democratic primary battle for the open Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat Secretary of State John Kerry once held.

The union chose Markey over his Democratic primary opponent, Congressman Stephen Lynch.

“Ed Markey will be a strong advocate for working families in Massachusetts,” said Cliff Cohn, chairman of the SEIU Massachusetts State Council. “On immigration reform, health care, the federal budget and other issues important to the 85,000 SEIU members statewide, Ed Markey will stand up for the people of Massachusetts in the Senate.”

Last Saturday, March 9, Markey and Lynch spoke to members of the SEIU’s locals in Massachusetts at a forum in Dorchester. Scorecards on the candidates completed by members at the forum were the primary factor in determining the SEIU State Council endorsement. Members rated both candidates highly, but Markey received the highest ratings. The State Council also considered questionnaires completed by the candidates in making their endorsement.

“Throughout his career, Congressman Markey has shown consistent support for universal healthcare,” said Veronica Turner, executive vice president of 1199 SEIU, which represents healthcare workers in Massachusetts. “Through the Senate, we know he will continue his work to guarantee access to quality affordable coverage for all Americans.”

“Ed Markey will be a strong advocate in the Senate for commonsense immigration reform that values the contributions of aspiring citizens,” said Rocio Saenz, president of SEIU Local 615, which represents property-service workers in Massachusetts. “SEIU members mobilized their communities to vote in the 2012 election and made a huge impact, and we are ready to get out the vote in those communities again for Ed Markey.”