Kitsap County Labor Organizations Endorse Cantwell, Thank Her for Work on Behalf of Washington Families
Saturday in Bremerton, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell was joined by Kitsap County community leaders and members of the Washington State Machinist Council, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM & AW) District 160, IAM & AW Local Lodge 282, and the Bremerton Metal Trades Council. The labor groups formally endorsed Cantwell for re-election and thanked her for her work for Kitsap County's working families.
"Whenever we've needed her support, whether it's been saving jobs at Puget Sound ship yard or creating training opportunities, Senator Cantwell has been there," said Rick Williams, President of the Bremerton Metal Trades Council. "She has been a leader in the Senate and a fighter for Washington state. Senator Cantwell has expanded our apprenticeship program and been an advocate for American national security workers."
Cantwell stood up to protect jobs for Puget Sound Navy Shipyard workers in Kitsap County and secured funding for employee training and education. Because of an aging workforce at the shipyard, Cantwell fought for $10 million in funds for the Navy's Shipyard Apprenticeship Program, millions of which went to Puget Sound. Cantwell also secured funding for downtown redevelopment and helped protect Kitsap bases from the last round of closures.
"Senator Cantwell's got a strong record standing up for Washington workers and their families," said Mike Goddard, Business Representative for IAM District 160. "She understands the difficulties many of us face, and she knows that when health care or energy costs go up, or when wages are cut, it's the working families who suffer. I'm glad that Senator Cantwell's in D.C. representing us, and I'm proud to endorse her for re-election."
A strong economy depends on a strong workforce, and Cantwell is fighting to raise the minimum wage in the country. She also stood up for Washington state's minimum wage, protecting it from Republican cuts. Washington voters overwhelmingly decided on the highest minimum wage in the country, indexed to inflation, and Cantwell has fought to keep it. Had Republicans gotten their way, more than 120,000 tipped workers in our state could have had their wages cut by $5.50 an hour. Cantwell knew what that would mean to Washington families and said no.
"Every American deserves the right to do better for their family," said Cantwell. "I grew up in a working family. My parents worked hard and I worked hard alongside them. I know how important a living wage job is, and I know what a huge difference a few dollars an hour can make. That's why I've worked to bring investment here to Kitsap County. I'm proud our work here - we're creating new, family-wage jobs that expand opportunity for all Washingtonians."