Council 93 Endorses Coakley for Governor of Massachusetts 08/24/2014

Candidate 'honored' to receive the support of the “unsung heroes of AFSCME”

The AFSCME Council 93 Executive Board has voted to endorse Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to be the next Governor of the Commonwealth.  

The unanimous vote, held at the board’s recent meeting in Portland Maine, provides Coakley with strong support boost as she heads into the final months before the September 9, Democratic Primary.

“I am honored by AFSCME Council 93's support,” Coakley stated in a campaign press release.  “The more than 35,000 Massachusetts members of AFSCME are the unsung heroes of state and local government. They work behind the scenes to deliver high-quality care to the mentally ill and developmentally disabled,  keep our public higher education campuses safe and running smoothly, and maintain our roads, parks and many key components of our infrastructure in our municipalities and public schools. I look forward to working with them to make Massachusetts prosperous and fair."

“Our union is proud to support Attorney General Martha Coakley’s campaign to be the next Governor of Massachusetts,” said AFSCME Council 93 Executive Director Frank Moroney.  “With Martha, we know we will have a governor who will respect public employees and who will always appreciate the important work that AFSCME members do every day to make our state and communities a great place to live and raise a family.  Her public support of our efforts to stop the closure of Taunton State Hospital is a clear indication that she will be a governor who understands the value of protecting and supporting the essential public services we provide.  Most importantly, it demonstrates that she has the courage and compassion to take on anyone when it comes to fighting for what is right.”

“All too often, candidates for public office will attempt to climb to the top by attacking public employees and pledging to cut funding for critical services we provide and the healthcare and retirement benefits we have fought for and earned,” said Council 93 President Charlie Owen.  “One of the reasons Martha Coakley received the unanimous endorsement of our executive board is because she has never been that kind of candidate.  Martha will not scapegoat public employees. She will invest in the critical public services we provide and as our economy continues to improve, will work to restore some of the deep cuts that have been made to these services.  We look forward to working hard to elect Martha Coakley as our next governor.”

AFSCME Council 93 members interested in learning more about AFSCME’s support of Attorney General Coakley are encouraged to email Jim Durkin.