AFSCME Council 66 Endorses Dana Balter for Congress

Syracuse, NY – Dana Balter, Democratic nominee for New York’s 24th Congressional District, received the endorsement of AFSCME Council 66. Council 66 is a part of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees which has 80 local affiliates and represents 8,500 public and nonprofit sector workers in Central New York and the Hudson Valley.

“Unions give working people the freedom to provide for their families, care for their loved ones, and retire with dignity,” said AFSCME Council 66 President Dan DiClemente. “Dana Balter is the only candidate in this race who understands the issues that workers are facing and she will fight for us.”

Steve Barnum, President of the City of Syracuse Employees Union (AFSCME Local 400) explained, “Workers want elected representatives like Dana who will stand up for good jobs and investments in vital public services. When he voted to take away healthcare from thousands of Central New Yorkers while giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy few, Congressman Katko turned his back on working families.”

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“In these challenging times for working people, it’s crucial that we come together and support candidates who share our priorities and our vision for a fairer economy,” declared AFSCME Local 3124 President Maureen Coleman. “Dana Balter clearly recognizes that unions improve our communities when we negotiate for better wages and benefits. She stands for solidarity and we proudly stand with her.” AFSCME Local 3124 represents over 300 workers at Auburn Community Hospital.

“I am so honored to have the endorsement of AFSCME Council 66,” said Balter. “The Council represents hard working people across our district and I am thrilled to partner with them to further workers’ rights. The ability to collectively bargain means working families can continue to guarantee safe, good jobs that benefit people all across the country and promote prosperity for everyone. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to speak with members of the Council and I look forward to more conversations about what we can do to make this country a better place for workers.”

This joins a growing list of endorsements including 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, UNITEHERE!, EMILY’s LIST, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Working Families Party, and over 15 local elected officials. Balter was added to the DCCC’s Red to Blue Program.