CLEVELAND – The members of Service Employees International Union Local 1 announced their endorsement of Jeff Johnson, current member of the Cleveland City Council, for Mayor. Johnson currently represents Ward 10, which includes the South Collinwood, St Clair-Superior, Glenville, Euclid Park and Nottingham Village neighborhoods. Additionally, Local 1 endorsed Joe Jones (Ward 1); Carol Ford (Ward 2); Gail Sparks (Ward 4); Richard Starr (Ward 5); Mansfield Frazier (Ward 7); Anthony Hairston (Ward 10); Michele Burk (Ward 13); and Alex Karrfalt (Ward 15).
“The clear choice for Cleveland’s working families in the upcoming election is between a future with Jeff Johnson and Local 1 endorsed city council candidates who will ensure all of us have access to a quality standard of living,” said Yanela Sims, SEIU Local 1 Ohio Director. “Working families need to unite around candidates who support our issues and Jeff Johnson is a man on our side who will fight for the working families of our city to ensure our city is growing not only for the rich but for the janitors, security workers and service workers of SEIU Local 1, and all the residents of Cleveland.”
Councilman Johnson was a vocal supporter of the campaign to raise the minimum wage in the city of Cleveland to $15 and has pledged to make the neighborhoods a priority in his administration through more widespread investment. He serves as a member of City Council’s Health & Human Services, Municipal Services & Properties, Transportation, and Workforce & Community Benefits committees.
“We believe Jeff Johnson is the best candidate for Cleveland Mayor because he has stood with our communities for many years, always fighting for working families and our neighborhoods,” said Victoria Thompson, a Cleveland janitor. “I think they will stand up for me, my family and my neighborhood.”
SEIU Local 1 rallies behind candidates who have demonstrated a strong record on issues important to all working families. Local 1 is dedicated to achieving economic justice for all workers; part of that fight is recognizing that no one leads a single-issue life; social and racial justice are crucial in improving the lives of our members and achieving economic fairness in our country.
# # #
Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites 50,000 workers throughout the Midwest including janitors, security officers, higher education faculty, food service workers, and others. Local 1 is committed to improving the lives of its members and all working people by winning real economic justice and standing at the forefront of the fight for immigrant, racial, and environmental justice.