PORTLAND – Workers throughout Maine are throwing their early support behind Congressman Mike Michaud’s campaign for governor.
The United Steelworkers Union (USW), United Auto Workers Union (UAW), Maine State Employees Union Local 1989 (MSEA-SEIU) and the Maine chapter of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) have all endorsed Michaud’s campaign to unseat Gov. Paul LePage in the 2014 election. Together the groups represent more than 35,000 workers throughout Maine.
These endorsements add to the unprecedented early support behind Michaud’s campaign. Since announcing in August, he has also been endorsed by the International Union for Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), the International Alliance for Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Maine People’s Alliance.
“I’m deeply humbled by the early support from workers across Maine. Now more than ever they need and deserve a voice in Augusta that they can be proud of,” Michaud said. “I punched a time clock for 29 years at the Great Northern Paper Company. I understand the challenges facing working and middle-class families today, and I am committed to creating an economy that works for all Mainers. Our workers are the backbone of our economy, and as governor I will fight to ensure they get the respect, recognition and protection they deserve.”
During his career working for the mill Michaud was, and still remains, a member of the United Steelworkers Union.
Here’s what workers have to say about Michaud:
“UAW Region 9A represents writers, legal services attorneys and marine draftsmen and women in Maine and we are proud to endorse Mike Michaud to be our next Governor. Mike has a proven record of fighting for working people in Maine and he has never let us down. While he will be missed in Congress, it is time for Maine to have a Governor who cares about working families, good jobs and an economy that is fair and just for everyone." - Julie Kushner, UAW Region 9A's Director
"Whether in Augusta or Washington, D.C., Maine can count on Mike Michaud to support workers’ freedom to organize and bargain collectively for fair wages, benefits and safe working conditions. Most importantly, Mike Michaud will prioritize creating family supporting, community sustaining jobs.” - Leo W. Gerard, USW International President
“His comprehensive approach to workforce training and a renewed investment in alternative energy solutions promise to make Maine a smarter, cleaner and more affordable place to do business. He stands on the side of workers to protect and promote American jobs, spur innovation and ensure that Maine gets the investment it needs to grow and prosper.” - John Shinn, USW District 4 Director
“The Shipbuilders recognize and appreciate all that you have done to support the working families of Maine and to Maine’s economy. Your dedication to protecting workers rights, promoting safety and fairness in the workplace, and securing good jobs for Maine workers is easily recognized and easily rewarded. You are one of us, a Maine worker. You know our concerns because you have lived them yourself. We are confident you will be an outstanding Governor.” - Daniel Dowling, IAMAW Machinists Local S-6 President and electrician at BIW
“Mike Michaud stands for fair wages for an honest day’s work. Mike Michaud stands for healthcare for when you or your family needs to go to the doctor. And he stands for the belief that all of us, someday, will be able to retire after a lifetime of hard work. That’s why we support my congressman, Mike Michaud, for governor.” - Wade Colpitts, MSEA-SEIU member of Calais, who works for the Maine Department of Transportation
“Mike Michaud knows what it’s like to punch a time clock and put in a hard day’s work, and he knows how to work together to get things done for the good of all Mainers. Mike Michaud followed his father and grandfather into Great Northern Paper, and he went on to become an equally hardworking state legislator and congressman. Mike Michaud keeps everyday Mainers in mind with every decision he makes. As Governor, he will make sure Maine’s economy works for all of us.” - Peggy Rice of Lincolnville, MSEA-SEIU member and retired social worker