Kessler Receives Third Labor Endorsement in Gubernatorial Campaign
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23 (UFCW), Anthony Helfer, announced today that the union is endorsing Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jeff Kessler for Governor.
UFCW Local 23 Legislative Director Leslie Bond says Kessler is the only choice.
“You will not find a stronger, better candidate for Labor than Jeff Kessler,” says Bond. “Jeff Kessler has always stood alongside the hardworking men and women of West Virginia. He has been a good friend to Labor and we appreciate him. When the immediate attacks on working families began earlier this year, it was Jeff Kessler who stood in the trenches and fought for us. Jeff Kessler is the Labor candidate in the Democratic Primary and we are proud to not only endorse, but also support him.”
Kessler says he’s honored to have the support of this powerful voice for working women and men, that is leading efforts to protect and improve the livelihoods of all workers.
“I’ve spent my career standing with West Virginia’s working families and fighting to protect their rights against corporations, insurance companies and Wall Street,” said Kessler. “ “I’ve successfully fought to maintain our prevailing wage, to increase our minimum wage to provide pay raises for our teachers, service personnel, state employees and county officials. I’ve championed coal mine and workplace safety, paid sick leave for our workforce and the West Virginia Jobs Act that ensures that our workers are hired on West Virginia taxpayer funded projects. As your Governor, I will continue to work for the people of West Virginia and invest in them and our future.”
Local 23 is a progressive, modern organization affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Our members are a diverse group who work in a variety of industries. Members work in the retail grocery stores, nursing homes, the gaming industry, liquor stores, food processing, health care, warehousing, truck drivers, manufacturing and other retail outlets. Samplings of some of the larger companies employing our members are Giant Eagle, Super Valu, Kaufmanns, Sysco Foods, and Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.
Kessler earlier received the endorsements of the West Virginia Bricklayers District Council and the Professional Fire Fighters of West Virginia.