Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

For Immediate Release

Press Release

Communications Workers of America Endorses Rep. Andy Levin for Labor Secretary

In a letter to President-elect Joe Biden endorsing Levin for Labor Secretary, CWA President Chris Shelton lauds the Congressman’s “passion and vision for enhancing the lives of working people”
NATIONWIDE -

 In a letter to President-elect Joe Biden sent Tuesday, Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Chis Shelton endorsed Michigan Congressman Andy Levin (D-09) for Labor Secretary, citing Rep. Levin’s strong credentials from the labor movement and passion for enhancing the lives of working people. CWA is the first union to endorse a cabinet member.

“Congressman Levin’s record speaks for itself when it comes to demonstrating his commitment to working tooth-and-nail for working people,” Shelton wrote. “As a labor movement organizer and staffer for over two decades, he has seen first-hand the challenges facing workers and fought hard to remedy them."

Rep. Levin served as Vice Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee during his freshman year in Congress, in which he supported key legislation to restore workers’ collective bargaining rights and raise the minimum wage. Previously, Rep. Levin served in the Department of Labor under President Clinton and drove Michigan’s “No Worker Left Behind” initiative as the state’s director of worker training. With a career dedicated to supporting working people, President Shelton highlighted Rep. Levin’s ability to begin driving a “pro-worker agenda on day one.”

“Given the disastrous last four years in which the Trump Administration has attacked the rights, well-being, and earnings of working people at every single opportunity, and given the multiple crises that our nation is facing, we need the Department of Labor to get working on behalf of our nation’s workers as soon as possible," Shelton wrote.

Leading up to the 2020 elections, CWA drove an aggressive political program aimed at turning members out to vote for progressive candidates and flipping the Senate in key swing states including Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina and Colorado. With Biden’s win, CWA is promoting candidates for positions in his administration who can realize Biden’s plan to grow a stronger middle class by strengthening unions and ending the abuse of corporate power. In a statement last week, Pres. Shelton spoke to the need for a Labor Secretary who will “safeguard workers during and after the pandemic, prosecute wage theft, and secure retirees' pensions and retirement funds.”

While acknowledging the many strong candidates likely eager to serve as Labor Secretary, Pres. Shelton said of Rep. Levin in his letter to Biden, “I believe he is the best person to help move your vision forward in that role."

###

Communication Workers of America (CWA) is America's largest communications & media union. CWA members work in telecommunications and information technology, the airline industry, news media, broadcast and cable television, education, health care, public service and education, law enforcement, manufacturing and other fields.

'I Had a Duty of Care': Doctor Praised for Violating Texas' New Abortion Ban

"I hope the law gets overturned," Dr. Alan Braid said, "and if this is what does it, that would be great."

Jessica Corbett ·


'Infuriating Disappointment': Biden DHS Ramping Up Deportations to Haiti

"It is unconscionable for the Biden administration to resume deportation flights to Haiti, despite the country's ongoing political, economic, and environmental disasters."

Jessica Corbett ·


Architect of Texas Abortion Ban Takes Aim at LGBTQ+ Rights While Urging Reversal of Roe

"Make no mistake, the goal is to force extreme, outdated, religious-driven values on all of us through the courts."

Jessica Corbett ·


Ahead of Canadian Election, Bernie Sanders and Rashida Tlaib Endorse NDP

"Bernie, you have fought courageously for public healthcare, affordable medication, making the rich pay their fair share, and tackling the climate crisis," said party leader Jagmeet Singh. "We're doing the same here."

Jessica Corbett ·


US Urged to End Drone Strikes After Pentagon Says Killing 10 Afghan Civilians Was 'Horrible Mistake'

"That was not a 'mistake,'" said journalist Anand Giridharadas. "War crimes are not oopsies."

Brett Wilkins ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.


Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo