American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Georgia Endorses Kasim Reed For Mayor

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Georgia Endorses Kasim Reed For Mayor

Atlanta, GA – Today, the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Georgia Local 1644 endorsed Kasim Reed for Mayor. With members in hundreds of different occupations – from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers – AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services, and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

In a letter from the union’s Humeta Embry, Executive Director of AFSCME Georgia Local 1644, the union pointed to Reed’s experience and vision as key factors in their endorsement stating, “We believe your experience, vision, and sense of loyalty will serve our community and employees well.”

“We did not come to this decision lightly or in haste. Our leadership team was deliberative and considered a number of factors,” wrote Embry. “You are not an unfamiliar candidate to us. We appreciate our history with you and we are reminded that we were with you on the takeoff of your initial campaign.”

“I am deeply thankful for the endorsement and support of AFSCME Georgia Local 1644,” said Kasim Reed. “For decades, AFSCME Local 1644 has worked to ensure that its members across the City of Atlanta and Fulton County are supported by living wages and benefits to support their families. Their contribution to our city and economy cannot be overstated and as mayor, I will continue to work with its leadership and members to ensure that they are compensated in a way that matches their commitment to public service.”

While in office, Reed demonstrated his commitment to fair compensation and workers’ rights by successfully collaborating with union leaders to increase compensation for city employees. Under his leadership, minimum wage was raised to $15 per hour for city workers and public safety personnel and city employees received eleven salary increases totaling more than $26 million in compensation. Additionally, in the midst of the worst economic recession in 80 years, the Reed Administration led a series of sweeping reforms to address the city’s $1.8 billion unfunded pension liability, eliminate furloughs and layoffs citywide, and made Atlanta the first local government in the state to offer up to six weeks’ paid parental leave for primary caregivers and up to two weeks for secondary caregivers.

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