Ten Unions Back Flynn for District 2 Council Seat
District Two City Council Candidate Edward M. Flynn has earned endorsements from 10 labor unions in the district – and counting – as officials from the locals cited Flynn’s record of supporting workers’ rights and working families.
“Ed Flynn is dedicated to making lives better for working families in Boston and ensuring working men and women have access to fair wages and good jobs,” said Craig A. Pinkham, president of the Utility Workers Union of America, Local 369. “He’s also dedicated to making sure that the children of working parents can go to high quality schools in the city. We’re proud to endorse Ed as our next Boston City Councilor.”
“We recognize and appreciate that you are truly a dedicated worker for peace, social justice and equality for working men and women,” added Charles Raso, president of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Local 3.
Flynn, a state probation officer and member of the National Association of Government Employees, has a long history of supporting organized labor, including working for five years in the United States Department of Labor under President Clinton. In that capacity, Flynn fought for improved work conditions, access to affordable health care and to increase the federal minimum wage.
He has received endorsements from the following unions:
– Iron Workers Local 7
– International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2222
– International Union of Operational Engineers Local 4
– Sheet Metal Workers Local 17
– Utility Workers Union of America Local 369
– Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Local 3
– Teamsters Local 25
– Teamsters Local 122
– National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local 5000
– Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589
“I’m proud to have received such strong support from the labor community,” Flynn said. “Boston is a city that was built by union workers and the need for employee protection is as crucial now as it has ever been. Working families’ incomes are being stretched more and more every day and as city councilor, I’ll work hard to make sure workers are compensated fairly and can share in the success of our city.”
These labor endorsements follow a series of top elected officials announcing their public support for Flynn’s campaign, including Councilor Michael Flaherty, state Rep. Nick Collins, SJC Clerk Maura Doyle and Suffolk Superior Court Clerk Michael Donovan. A lifelong resident of South Boston and 25-year veteran of the United States Navy, Flynn has built a strong coalition of supporters across the entire district, including the South End, Chinatown, Bay Village and South Boston.
About Ed Flynn
Ed Flynn is a lifelong resident of South Boston, where he has been deeply involved as a youth sports coach, veterans’ advocate, and community activist. In addition to being an active Boston Public Schools parent at the Josiah Quincy School in Chinatown, Ed is a member of the Cityside Neighborhood Association, South Boston Citizen’s Association, Ward 7 Democratic Committee, and VFW Fitzgerald Post.Ed served on active duty in the Persian Gulf on two deployments and overseas in the Navy Reserves, helping to coordinate disaster relief in Haiti. He formerly worked for the U.S. Department of Labor in the Clinton Administration, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety, and the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Ed and his wife, Kristen, are raising their children, Caroline and Stephen, in South Boston.