The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 represents nearly 50,000 working people in six states and 11 cities across the Midwest.

CHICAGO- Earlier today, SEIU Local 1 endorsed Pat Dowell for Illinois’ 1st Congressional District. SEIU Local 1 — representing more than 3,500 Illinoisian working families in the 1st Congressional District —  supports candidates who have demonstrated a strong commitment to fighting for economic, racial, immigrant and environmental justice for our state’s working families.

“Dowell has a proven record of supporting issues crucial to working families. As the former Alderwoman for Ward 3, Dowell improved the lives of working Chicagoans by ensuring paid sick leave, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and ensuring city contracts went to strong unions,” said SEIU Local 1 President Genie Kastrup. “We look forward to continuing to work with her in fighting for a fair economy that works for everyone.”

“I am humbled by endorsement by the working families of SEIU Local 1. I proudly stand with our brothers and sisters in SEIU and all Union workers. In Congress, I will continue, as I did in Chicago City Council, being a strong advocate for workers’ rights. Justice for the people is one of my deepest held beliefs. That belief will guide me in Congress. Thank you to the members of SEIU for having faith in me,” said Ald. Pat Dowell, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 1st Congressional District.