The largest union representing city of Seattle workers today endorsed Mayor Mike McGinn for a second term. Joe McGee, executive director of Local 17 of the Professional & Technical Employees, which represents about 2,500 city employees, said McGinn has had a more hands-on approach to running the city and has been more involved in union issues than previous mayors.
“He gets his hands dirty and cares about the nuts and bolts. We are impressed by his legitimate engagement with the city workforce,” McGee said in a statement released by the McGinn campaign.
Local 17 is the largest of the city workforce unions. Several others have endorsed Senator Ed Murray, including the Seattle Police Officers Guild, Seattle Firefighters, and the Seattle Police Management Association. Labor across the city has also been divided in the mayoral contest, with about 21 locals supporting Murray and about 13 supporting McGinn.