SEIU Iowa Endorses Walker in Supervisor Bid
Cedar Rapids, IA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 199 in Iowa has officially endorsed Stacey Walker, Democratic candidate for Linn County Supervisor, District 2. SEIU Local 199 represents over 3700 healthcare and service workers across Linn and Johnson County.
“Our organization exists to promote the dignity of all work and protect workers who serve our communities each and every day. We support policies and candidates for office who we believe will help us in our mission. Stacey Walker is one of those candidates who is right on the issues and will work hard to put working people and families first,” said Cathy Glasson, President of SEIU Local 199. “We’re proud to support Stacey in his election effort.”
SEIU Local 199 represents workers across several industries, but the bulk of its membership comes from two large constituencies: education and healthcare. The organization represents the healthcare professionals and nurses at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Johnson County, as well as service and clerical workers in the Cedar Rapids Community School District in Linn County.
“I’m proud to have earned the support of the SEIU Local 199,” said Stacey Walker. “This organization has a strong record of advocating for policies that help workers, support families, and ultimately grow the economy. I’m eager to get to office to be an advocate for SEIU and their members, because I know everyone in the county will benefit.”
Walker has received the endorsement of the Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and HVAC Service Techs Local 125, The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids Building Trades, and the AFL-CIO Hawkeye Labor Council. Walker captured 74% of the vote in the June 7th Primary to become the Democratic nominee for Supervisor in District 2. If elected in November, he will be the first African American elected to the county board.