Two major unions have announced endorsements in Maryland’s 8th District Democratic Congressional Primary.
On Monday, one of the candidates, Del. Kumar Barve (D-Montgomery), received the support of UNITE HERE Local 7, which represents about 15,000 hotel, casino, cafeteria and airport workers in Maryland and D.C. It is a consolidation of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees and the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union.
Roxie Herbekian, Local 7 president, said Barve’s advocacy for workers’ rights and economic development, along with the story of his Indian immigrant grandfather’s struggles to retain his U.S. citizenship, made him the workers’ choice.
“Our union is made up of a majority of immigrants, women and people of color,” Herbekian said. “As the first Indian American elected to a state legislature in American history, Kumar Barve is an inspiration to our members.”
One of Barve’s principal opponents, state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery), was endorsed late last week by Local 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents 12,400 members in Maryland retail food, health care, food processing and other industries. It is the latest in a lengthy list of endorsements from labor and progressive groups and elected officials, including the 72-member Congressional Progressive Caucus.