DC & Maryland Machinists Back Working People Candidates

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Maryland State Council of Machinists has endorsed Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and State Sen. Clarence Lam (D-12) for Congress. The State Council had already endorsed Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks for U.S. Senate.

What they’re saying: “Our union supports any candidate that fights for workers and our members,” said Maryland State Council of Machinists President Rick Compher. “This council is excited that these candidates will fight for workers when elected.”

  • Olszewski, who serves as Baltimore County Executive, has been fighting to secure emergency benefits for workers impacted by the recent collapse of the Key Bridge, which is part of his county.
  • Lam, a Maryland State Senator, is a physician and advocate for preventive medicine and healthcare modernization.
  • He co-sponsored the IAM-championed Library Workers Empowerment Act that passed in the Maryland Legislature this year to expand the right to collectively bargain for public library workers throughout Maryland.
  • The IAM represents library staff in Baltimore County.

Speakers included: Josh Hartford, Special Assistant to the International President for the IAM Rail Division; Edison Fraser, Chief of Staff, IAM Air Transport Territory; Chuck Herod, Chief of Staff, IAM Eastern Territory. 

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