BRUNSWICK, ME – The Angus King for U.S. Senate Campaign today announced that U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) has been endorsed by Maine AFL-CIO. Maine AFL-CIO is a state federation of over 160 local labor unions representing over 40,000 men, women, and retirees across the state.

            “Maine is steeped in a heritage of hard work, from the shipyards up and down our coast, to the saw and paper mills dotting our inland towns, to the farmers tilling the land from York to Aroostook,” Senator King said. “Generations of Maine people have put in an honest day’s work to provide for their families and help make their communities and our state a more vibrant place to live. The farmer and sailor adorn our state seal because that is who we are. Dirigo is our state motto because we lead for our loved ones. It is part of our identity, and it is this identity that captures the dedicated work of more than 40,000 members of Maine’s AFL-CIO. Today, and every day, I will work for Maine people, so we can support each other, strengthen our communities, and build a more prosperous Maine for us all.”

            “In a Congress where tea party extremism has been steadily dismantling government’s ability to act for working people and the public good, Senator King has pushed to make government work for everyone,” said Cynthia Phinney, President of the Maine AFL-CIO. “He has supported firefighters, shipbuilders, and papermakers, moving toward an economy that works for all. We look forward to continuing efforts together to raise wages for working people, win healthcare for all and strengthen workers’ rights and unions.”

Maine AFL-CIO works to improve the lives and working conditions for its members and for all workers in the state of Maine. The organization is an advocate for social and economic justice and accessible, affordable health care options for Maine workers. It strives to make Maine communities better for all people, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.

Senator King has also been endorsed by End Citizens United, the Maine Education Association, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Professional Firefighters of Maine, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local S6, the Maine State Council of Machinists, and the League of Conservation Voters.