Boston City Council At-Large candidate Erin Murphy is thrilled to announce two key endorsements that demonstrate her strong support among union members, with both the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 888 rallying behind Erin’s campaign.
NAGE and SEIU join a growing cascade of momentum that has built in support of Erin over the course of the summer. The two unions represent over 3,000 Boston city workers, municipal employees who have been encouraged by Erin’s message of inclusion and a better quality of life for all residents in all neighborhoods.
“I couldn’t be happier that my sisters and brothers in the labor movement are showing this confidence in me,” Erin said. “I grew up in a union family and I spent 22 years as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools, so it’s only natural that my concerns would match their concerns, and that their hopes for our city are my hopes. I’m honored and inspired by their endorsement.”
Erin is running for an At-Large seat on the City Council because she believes that the best Boston has to offer should exist in every neighborhood. Vital to that, Erin said, is the right of people who work for the city to have strong unions that advocate for their rights with a City Hall that operates in good faith.
“As a single mother who raised my children in this city while working as a teacher, I understand the pressures facing municipal employees and their families,” Erin said. “And I know that these jobs can be a grind and feel underappreciated, but union workers form the backbone of their cities. The labor movement helped my family get to where we are today, and I look forward to working very closely with NAGE and SEIU members once I’m on the Council.”
“Erin knows from her own life experience the challenges that are facing government workers,” said SEIU Local 888 President Thomas McKeever. “SEIU is the largest union in the United States, with two million members and growing. And we couldn’t think of a better candidate to put our support behind than Erin, whose empathy for working families is part of who she is. We look forward to working with her on the Council.”
“NAGE members have been encouraged by Erin’s lifetime of service and her devotion to working families across Boston,” said David Holway, President. “We recognize the value of having someone on the Boston City Council, and couldn’t be prouder to support Erin and her vision for Boston.”
Erin’s campaign has been gathering steam this summer, with a string of high-profile endorsements and a surge in grassroots support and volunteerism across the city. Erin has also been endorsed by, among others, State Representatives Dan Hunt, Ed Coppinger, and Dan Ryan, City Councilor Frank Baker and former City Councilor Sal LaMattina, Register of Deeds Stephen J. Murphy, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, Boston Firefighters Local 718, Laborers Local 223, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and Boston EMS.
A lifelong Dorchester resident, Erin has centered her campaign around being Boston’s go-to call at City Hall.
Erin’s vision for Boston and her campaign are built on her core beliefs:
• Thriving, best-in-class public schools for every student in every neighborhood
• A friendlier city for seniors, with a more compassionate policy focus
• Stronger outreach to veterans, out of respect for their service and supporting their needs
• Safer streets and policing across the City, prioritizing community policing
• All hands-on-deck to pull us out of the pandemic, particularly our most vulnerable
• Reducing income inequality by promoting good jobs for all Bostonians
Both NAGE and SEIU Local 888 plan to campaign on Erin’s behalf prior to the Sept. 14 primary, when Boston voters can select four candidates to fill the four At-Large seats on the Boston City Council. And Erin will continue campaigning across the city as she works to Bring Boston Back. Together.