Union Representing Thousands of Baltimore Hospitality Workers Cite Brandon Scott's Record and Commitment to Standing with Working People as Reasons To Support His Candidacy
BALTIMORE, MD (May 1, 2020) — Today, UNITE HERE! Local 7 announces that their membership has voted to endorse Brandon Scott in the race for Mayor. While helping lead Baltimore City’s response to the current public health crisis, Scott has mapped out a vision that centers around working families. He has built a strong coalition seeking a new way forward in Baltimore that includes investing equitably in education, reducing gun violence by implementing a holistic public safety strategy, and making city government more transparent and ethical. “I’m honored to receive the support of UNITE HERE! Local 7, which has always fought tirelessly for workers throughout Baltimore,” said Brandon Scott. “Now more than ever, families across the city are relying on their unions to make it through difficult times — whether they be essential food service workers on the frontlines or hurting because COVID-19 has shuttered their place of work. UNITE HERE! and the families they represent need someone they can trust in the Mayor’s office and I’m excited to work with them to build a new way forward for Baltimore.”
“City Council President Brandon Scott has a record of standing with our members and working people across the city when it matters, not just when it is easy.” said UNITE HERE! Local 7 President Roxie Herbekian. “Our members know Brandon understands the neighborhoods they live in because he grew up in those neighborhoods too. As we confront the coronavirus and the economic crisis it has caused in the hospitality industry, we have confidence that Brandon Scott is focused on ensuring our members and their communities aren’t left behind. His vision for a stronger, safer Baltimore is what we need in this moment.” UNITE HERE! Local 7 joins a number of unions and worker-focused organizations to endorse Brandon for Mayor, including 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU, 500 SEIU, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27, Mid-Atlantic Laborers International Union of North America Building Trades, Amalgamated Transit Union, Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, and People for the American Way's Next Up Victory Fund. See a full list of endorsements here. Brandon Scott is a Democratic candidate for Mayor in the June 2 primary. He is running on the Forward Slate, a citywide campaign ticket that includes Shannon Sneed for Baltimore City Council President and eight candidates for City Council. Find more information about the campaign at brandonforbaltimore.com.