United Auto Workers Represent Hundreds of Maine Workers, Including Members of the Bath Marine Draftsmen’s Association at Bath Iron Works, Pine Tree Legal Services, and Food and Medicine

Today, the United Auto Workers (UAW) announced their endorsement of Sara Gideon in the Maine Senate race, citing her commitment to standing up for workers’ rights and putting hardworking Maine families first. The United Auto Workers represents hundreds of Maine workers — including members of the Bath Marine Draftsmen’s Association at Bath Iron Works — and now joins a growing list of organizations and labor unions who have endorsed Sara in her race for U.S. Senate.

“Working Mainers power our state and they deserve a senator who will stand with them when they need it most,” said U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon. “In Maine, I’ve fought efforts to undermine workers’ rights, worked to raise the minimum wage, and invested in job training programs to expand our skilled workforce. I’m so proud to have the endorsement of the United Auto Workers, and in the Senate, I will stand up for Maine’s hardworking families and work to ensure Bath Iron Works continues building the best warships in the world for our armed forces.”

“We are excited to partner with Sara Gideon in her endeavor to be Maine’s next U.S. Senator,” said Beverley Brakeman, Regional Director, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers, Region 9A. “Sara is a proven advocate for Maine’s working families, as well as businesses large and small. She supports workers having the right to collectively bargain, to be safe at work, and be compensated fairly. I am confident that Sara will fight to win back rights lost by workers in the past four years. We know Sara will be a champion for all working people in the U.S. Senate, something that has truly been missing in Maine for many years.”

In the State House, Sara stood up for workers rights, blocking every single one of former Governor LePage’s efforts to make Maine a “right-to-work” state while he was Governor and she led the effort to pass a first-in-the-nation paid time off bill that covered more than just getting sick for Maine workers, ensuring they have the flexibility to address illnesses or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs. Over the summer, Sara stood with BIW workers at Local S6 in their effort to win a fair contract, and in July, she won the endorsement of the Maine State Council of Machinists, which represents workers at BIW’s Local S6 and Local S7 unions.

Sara has been endorsed by a number of organizations and labor unions that have flipped from previously supporting Senator Collins, including the Maine State Council of Machinists, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the Massachusetts and Northern New England Laborers District Council, the Painters and Allied Trades International Union District Council 35, the Human Rights Campaign, the League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood, Everytown for Gun Safety, NARAL, and the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund.

Sara has also been endorsed by over 75 elected officials from across Maine including Governor Mills and Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-01), as well as the Maine AFL-CIO, Maine State Building and Construction Trades Council, Maine State Association of Letter Carriers, End Citizens United and Social Security Works.