HENRICO, VA — Today, the Virginia American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (Virginia AFL-CIO) endorsed Abigail Spanberger’s candidacy in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. The national AFL-CIO is the country’s largest federation of unions, with 55 national and international labor unions that represent 12.5 million working men and women.
“The Virginia AFL-CIO is proud to endorse Abigail Spanberger’s campaign for Congress,” said Doris Crouse-Mays, President of the Virginia AFL-CIO. “The people of Central Virginia need a representative who will advocate for the kind of policies and reforms that will strengthen the rights of Virginia’s workers. Abigail has made it clear that she is a strong supporter of organized labor, and we are excited to work with her as the next Congressperson from the 7th District to push back against the anti-union agenda that threatens our nation’s hardworking men and women.”
“I am honored to receive the Virginia AFL-CIO’s endorsement today,” Spanberger said. “My grandfather was able to provide for his family during difficult times thanks to his membership in the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. I have taken that lesson to heart, and I am eager to work alongside the AFL-CIO to make sure that every hard-working member of a labor union is able to provide their family with that same level of economic stability.”
The endorsement from the Virginia AFL-CIO joins a growing list of organizations and individuals supporting Spanberger’s candidacy, including EMILY’s List, End Citizens United, and numerous elected leaders, including Governor Ralph Northam and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. She will face Republican Congressman Dave Brat in November.