The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1776 is backing McGinty’s campaign for U.S. Senate.
“Katie is the candidate running for U.S. Senate that stands out when it comes to understanding and addressing the needs of hard-working people,” said Wendell Young. “She has played an important role in Governor Wolf’s Administration and will bring significant knowledge and experience to the U.S. Senate. Katie stands with us shoulder-to-shoulder on important issues like increasing the minimum wage and protecting the right of workers to join a union. I know she will be able to deliver for Pennsylvania’s working families because of her proven track record of solving problems.”
Local 1776 represents 21,000 workers throughout the Philadelphia area.
“I am honored to have the support of UFCW Local 1776,” McGinty said. “My top priority will be fighting for policies like increasing the minimum wage and expanding access to affordable education and job training. Senator Pat Toomey and his allies in Washington have consistently supported policies that have left our families behind. I’ll work to change that.”
This endorsement is particularly significant because the UFCW was one of the few unions to support Sestak during his 2010 Democratic primary against Arlen Specter.
McGinty is running against Sestak and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman in the 2016 Senate Democratic primary. Incumbent GOP Sen. Pat Toomey is running for re-election.