Service Workers Worldwide Union Native 1, which has 500 members in Ohio’s eleventh, credited Turner’s longstanding help for union priorities like elevating the minimal wage to $15 an hour.
Working households within the district “have seen Nina’s ardour and know she shall be a warrior who fights for us in Congress,” Yanela Sims, SEIU Native 1 vice chairman and Ohio state director, mentioned in a press release. “Nina shall be a robust voice on the problems that matter to working households: $15 and a union, clear air and water and actual funding in our communities.”
Turner’s historical past as an ally of organized labor goes again to her days as a state senator from 2008 to 2014. When then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) tried to intestine public-sector unions’ collective bargaining rights in 2011, Turner traveled the state campaigning in favor of a referendum that overturned Kasich’s invoice.
“The home of labor actually has not forgotten that,” Turner advised HuffPost. “I’m on their facet and so they’re on my facet.”
Turner already had the endorsement of SEIU District 1199, which represents well being care employees and public staff within the state. She additionally has the backing of the Nationwide Nurses United, the Amalgamated Transit Union, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Employees and Grain Millers’ union Native 19, and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is making an attempt to unionize Amazon warehouse employees.
Turner has some competitors for labor endorsements, although. Shontel Brown, a Cuyahoga County Council member and chair of the county Democratic Celebration, has received the help of a complete of 16 labor unions, together with a regional arm of the United Auto Workers and nearly each constructing trades union within the Cleveland space.
Turner, Brown, and 5 different Democrats are competing in an Aug. 3 particular election major to fill the seat that had been held by Housing and City Growth Secretary Marcia Fudge. President Joe Biden tapped Fudge, who had represented the district since 2008, for the Cupboard publish in early December.
The Democratic major contest, certain to find out the final election winner within the solid-blue district, is shaping as much as be one other proxy struggle between the Democratic Celebration’s left wing and its center-left institution. Turner is the favourite of left-leaning politicians, unions and activist teams, whereas extra reasonable Democratic stakeholders choose Brown.
These days, although, Turner has additionally been gaining traction exterior of her core progressive base. SEIU Native 1’s endorsement provides to Turner’s momentum as she locks up help from progressive figures, in addition to from Democrats extra related to the social gathering institution, like Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
“I’m constructing a coalition of progressives and Democrats who could determine in different methods,” Turner mentioned. “We’re bringing one blissful household collectively in a single pursuit: To assist me change into the subsequent congresswoman from the eleventh congressional district.”
Turner mentioned on Monday that she had raised greater than $2.2 million since saying her marketing campaign in December, and has greater than $1 million in money readily available.
Brown has raised $680,000, although her fundraising tempo is accelerating. She raised $180,000 within the last week of March alone, based on her marketing campaign.
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