U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
From the Ben Ray Luján for Senate Campaign:
ALBUQUERQUE – The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest trade union of public employees in the United States, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján to be the next U.S. Senator for New Mexico.
At their convention in Albuquerque, AFSCME leaders said Luján – the son of a union ironworker and a public school official – was the best candidate to uplift working families given his record of protecting health care, workers’ benefits and security, Social Security, and Medicare.
AFSCME Council 18 President Casey Padilla said, “We’ve known Ben Ray for years and have total confidence that he’ll always do right by workers and our families.”
“Congressman Luján has always championed working families and AFSCME is proud to stand with him now,” said Connie Derr, executive director of New Mexico Council 18.
AFSCME represents more than 1.4 million public services employees, including nurses, childcare providers, sanitation workers, emergency medical technicians, and other individuals dedicated to serving their communities. AFSCME’s stated mission is to serve as a strong voice for fairness in the workplace, providing excellence in public services, and advocating for opportunities for all working families.
“It is an honor to have the support of New Mexico’s hardworking public servants. As strong advocates for working families, health care, and economic equality, AFSCME and its members across the country are important voices for the policies I will champion in the U.S. Senate,” Luján said. “I am proud to stand with labor and working families as we ban together to ensure the Senate is supporting and uplifting the American worker.”
This is the second major labor endorsement Luján has received since launching his Senate campaign. The New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association endorsed Luján earlier this year.