Citing Mayor Mike McGinn’s support for working families, SEIU Local 925 today endorsed McGinn for a second term. The union endorsed McGinn in 2009 and said that since then, he has proven his commitment to strong neighborhoods and human services.
“We circled back to enthusiastically saying we’re ready for another round,” said Adair Dammann, secretary/treasurer of the union. Dammann highlighted McGinn’s support for doubling the Families and Education levy, a paid sick-leave ordinance, a library levy and universal pre-kindergarten.
The union represents University of Washington employees, childcare and early learning workers and non-profit and local government employees.
While not a surprise, the endorsement does show a potential split among the city’s four SEIU locals. David Rolf, president of SEIU Local 775, said in August that the union had a great working history with State Sen. Ed Murray, McGinn’s opponent, but that it also had good relationships with the mayor.
“As you can imagine in a large and democratic organization there are different views including those who wish to endorse one candidate or another or stay out altogether,” Rolf said.