Press release issued a few minutes ago:
Bristol – Mayoral candidate Art Ward has been endorsed by Council 4, a union with more than 800 members who reside in Bristol. The endorsement was announced Aug. 24 following the union’s delegate meeting.
“The residents of Bristol want a change for the better, and our members feel Art is uniquely suited to bring about that change” said Mayra Sampson, payroll and benefits manager for the city and president of Local 233 of Council 4, which represents approximately 140 city workers. “Over the years he has demonstrated a powerful commitment to improving public services and strengthening our quality of life in Bristol.”
With 35,000 members statewide, Council 4 is Connecticut’s largest union.
Council 4 seeks to ensure decent pay, benefits and employment security for its members; it also has fought for strengthened public services and sufficient state and local budgets; and comprehensive health care reform that would provide quality coverage at lower cost.
“I am humbled and energized by this endorsement,” said Ward, who works as a Veteran Services Officer for the state Department of Veteran Affairs in Rocky Hill. “I share Council 4’s vision of quality healthcare and equitable pay, and believe the hardworking residents of this city deserve accountability and fairness when dealing with city government. I look forward to working with them to make Bristol better for all of us.”
Ward is also a member of Local 269 of Council 4, which represents state employees at the Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Workers’ Compensation Commission.
“Art Ward is a fellow union member who relates to the challenges we face as workers and as taxpayers,” said Chad Lockhart, president of Local 2267 of Council 4, representing approximately 250 Board of Education employees. “Art is a candidate our membership can enthusiastically support because of his commitment to our schools and our kids.”
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