Local 1994 Joins Coalition of Labor Unions Endorsing Donna Edwards for PG Co. Executive

A coalition of four labor unions jointly announced their endorsement of former Congresswoman Donna Edwards for Prince George’s County Executive on November 30, including UFCW Local 400, UNITE HERE Local 25, LIUNA Mid-Atlantic, and UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO. Together, the organizations represent more than 10,000 workers in the county.“We are proud to once again lend our support to Donna Edwards,” said UFCW Local 400 President Mark Federici. “Donna stays true to her progressive values, even when the odds are stacked against her. These days, Donna is just the kind of champion we need. In Congress, she consistently fought to bring better opportunities to working families. But beyond fighting for strong policies, Donna understands the importance of bringing every aspect of the community together to get things done. As executive, we know she will bring much-needed opportunities to the hardworking men and women of Prince George’s County.”“The members of UNITE HERE Local 25 proudly endorse Donna Edwards,” said Linda Martin, President of UNITE HERE Local 25. “As hotel workers, our priority is to ensure that our next County Executive is a true champion of working people, and there is no better champion than Donna. She stood with Local 25 members when we organized at the Gaylord hotel in National Harbor, and her unblemished record of supporting unions and progressive policies is exactly what Prince George’s County needs as we look to the future. Local 25 understands that for Prince George’s County to fulfill its potential, we need a County Executive with a fresh vision who puts people before special interests and developers. Donna is that person.”“She has remained a champion for working people throughout her career,” said Dennis Martire, Vice President and Regional Manager of LiUNA Mid-Atlantic. “She fights for working families every day, and that is why LiUNA proudly stands with Donna Edwards.”“Donna Edwards has defended our community as a member of Congress, an organizer and a non-profit leader,” said Gino Renne, President of UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO. “It is because of Donna’s fearless integrity that she will bring our community together to ensure government is transparent and accountable to the people and ensures that our economy benefits Prince George’s working families.”###The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 represents 35,000 members working in the retail food, health care, retail department store, food processing, service and other industries in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.UNITE HERE Local 25 is a union of over 6,500 hotel workers in the Washington D.C. area, including 3,200 members at National Harbor.The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Mid-Atlantic Region represents more than 40,000 working men and women in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and North Carolina.UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO members provide important services for improving the lives of millions of Marylanders through their tireless efforts at the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Montgomery County Government, the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, and the Cumberland City Police Department. MCGEO is a public and private sector union, representing thousands of employees in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties and the City of Cumberland.

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Laurie-Anne Sayles for Gaithersburg City Council

Laurie-Anne Sayles
Local 1994 is proud to support Laurie-Anne Sayles for Gaithersburg City Council and hope you will bring your friends, family and neighbors to the polls and vote for her on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7. Laurie-Anne will be our champion for a vibrant economy full of opportunity for upward mobility, for safe and healthy communities, for a sustainable environment, and for a government that is responsive and open to all. Most importantly, Laurie-Anne will stand up for collective bargaining rights for Gaithersburg city employees and will continue being a champion for working families, because she was raised in one.

Laurie-Anne’s parents, public servants who dedicated their lives to their country and community, inspired Laurie-Anne’s commitment to the community. Her father, an Oncology Nurse and veteran of the U. S. Army, served our country with honor and bravery. Her mother, a MCGEO member and retired social worker, dedicated her life to counseling victims of domestic violence and substance abuse with fairness and compassion. These are the values that will guide Laurie-Anne’s service as your Councilwoman.
Laurie-Anne has widespread experience with City, County, State and Federal government and with our public schools: working for a robust city economy as an active member of Gaithersburg’s Economic and Business Development Committee; confronting poverty; fight for a minimum wage increase, affordable housing, and universal pre-k on the County’s Community Action Board; championing students as Gaithersburg High School’s NAACP Parent Council Liaison and as part of the MCPS Roundtable on Gaithersburg Cluster for Overcrowding. In addition, Laurie-Anne was named 2017 City of Gaithersburg Environmental Steward of the Year and is a board member of the Muddy Branch Alliance.
Laurie-Anne will be a City Council member who reaches out to all neighborhoods, to all City residents. She will listen to our concerns and she will act to ensure every resident has access to the opportunities and resources they need to be self-sufficient.
When you go to the polls on Election Day, vote for Laurie-Anne Sayles, the public servant with vision and experienced leadership. To learn more about Laurie-Anne’s background and vision for the City, please visit her website at www.laurieannesayles.com.

Tuesday, November 7, from 7AM to 8PM

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Saturday, October 28, from 9AM to 2PM
Sunday, October 29, from Noon to 5PM

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Applications available. Download an application at www.gaithersburgmd.gov or email a request to cityelections@gaithersburgmd.gov or call 301-258-6310.

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Local 1994 Officially Endorses Manno for Congress

Local 1994 has joined UFCW Local 400 and Local 27 in officially endorsing State Senator Roger Manno for Congress. Manno is running for the seat in Congressional District 6.
“This fight for equality of opportunity is among America’s greatest challenges today,” says Manno on his campaign website. “It begins with a good job, benefits, and a level playing field. And if you get sick, lose your job, or just need some help along the way, you deserve a system that’s fair and built for everyone – and someone to stand up for you and your family.”
“Roger Manno has been a champion for workers both in the state capitol and on picket lines,” said Gino Renne, President of UFCW Local 1994.
Roger is an attorney and former Capitol Hill aide to several offices. He is running against Delegates William “Bill” Frick and Aruna Miller, along with Liquor Mogul David Trone who spent millions in a Congressional race against Jamie Raskin in Congressional District 8.
To learn more about Roger and his campaign, go to: http://rogermanno.com/.

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Free College for Local 1994 Members & Families*

Enrollment Deadline is October 13!

We are proud to bring meaningful benefits to every hard-working member of our union family. One valuable example of this is the UFCW Free College Benefit, which is accepting enrollment for Fall Semester II until October 13.
The UFCW Free College Benefit makes it possible for you and/or your loved ones to earn an Associate Degree online through Eastern Gateway Community College, an accredited college in Ohio, with no out-of-pocket costs or need for loans. This benefit is available exclusively to UFCW members, retired members, and family of members, including children, spouses, grandchildren, domestic partners, and dependents.
We created this benefit because we understand how expensive and stressful it can be to earn a degree. With the UFCW Free College Benefit, you will have the opportunity to earn a debt-free degree and attend school either part-time or full-time – whichever fits your life schedule best.
All you need to get started is a high school degree or GED. There are no entrance exams to worry about.
Please click here to visit the UFCW Free College Benefit website to sign up or learn more.
Thank you again for letting the UFCW union family serve and support your goals. Remember the deadline to enroll is October 13, so sign up today.

As always, if there is anything we can do to help you, or if you have any ideas about what we can do better, please do not hesitate to let us know.
For more information visit: ufcw.org/college.

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