Dubuque, IA— The Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO endorsed State Representative Abby Finkenauer in the race for Iowa’s First Congressional District. The Iowa Federation of Labor represents 520 unions in Iowa with over 50,000 members and is dedicated to bringing economic justice to the workplace.
“Iowa’s working men and women have a true ally in Abby Finkenauer,” said Ken Sagar, President of Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. “Abby stood up and fought hard against the GOP efforts to strip collective bargaining and workers compensation, and we know she’ll bring that same grit and determination to Congress. Abby was born and raised in a union family, and we know she’ll be a dedicated advocate for working families – we put our full support behind Abby.”
This major endorsement is a big boost to the campaign’s momentum in the final weeks of the primary. The campaign is airing a TV ad entitled “Shirt” which introduces Abby as a fighter for working families, and announced raising nearly $500,000 in the first three months of the year. Reflecting Finkenauer’s strength as a candidate, a recent poll showed Finkenauer beating Blum in a direct matchup 47%-41% and respected political watcher Inside Elections recently changed the race rating from “Tilt R” to “Toss-up”.
“Earning the endorsement of the Iowa Federation of Labor means the world to me. For too long Iowa’s working people have been forgotten about in DC, and we need more voices in Congress standing up for them,” said Finkenauer. “I grew up in a labor family and I’ll never forget when I came from – I plan on working hard day in and day out to deliver results for all Iowans.”
Finkenauer’s earned a long list of support from labor groups and progressive organizations, including Iowa IBEW Conference, Iowa Teamsters, AFSCME Council 61, Dubuque Building and Construction Trades, Dubuque Professional Firefighters Association Local 25, Ironworkers Local 89, Plumbers and Pipefitters of East Central Iowa Local 125, LIUNA Local 43, SMART Local 91, Steelworkers District 11, Operating Engineers Local 234, Boilermakers Local 83, Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers Local 81, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, EMILY’s List, NARAL, End Citizens United, and over twenty elected officials and activists.