Cain for Congress Receives Labor Endorsement
May 8, 2014
IBEW Local 104 endorses Cain as best candidate to represent union’s members
(Bangor, ME) – Emily Cain, Democratic candidate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District has been endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 104. The union is made up of more than 1,000 outside electrical lineman in Maine and across New England, including many members who helped restore power to thousands of Mainers during this winter’s ice storm.
“Local 104 has chosen to endorse Emily Cain because we believe she is the best candidate to represent our members and Maine’s working men and women in Congress,” said Brian Murphy, Business Manager of IBEW Local 104. “Emily shares our values of putting working families first. We are proud to stand with her to move our state and our nation forward.”
IBEW Local 104 members install and repair high-voltage electrical systems. The union actively supports issues that advance their employment, moral, intellectual and social conditions in order to protect the workers, their families, and communities.
“I’m humbled to have earned the endorsement of IBEW Local 104,” said Cain. “The work of our outdoor electrical linemen is a big part of our history and a key sector for the future of our state’s economy. They represent the best our state has to offer.”
Cain has been member of the University of Maine Professional Staff Association (UMPSA) union for 10 years. She is the only candidate in the race to replace Mike Michaud who has served in a union. She has been a strong advocate for working families, voting for minimum wage increases every time they have come before the state legislature and voting against harmful, so-called, “right-to-work” legislation.
“I have a record of standing with labor consistently in Augusta because I know that the working families in our state are such an important part of our economic future. I’m proud to stand with labor in Augusta and look forward to doing so in Washington to fight for that future”, said Cain.
In the Democratic primary, polling has shown Emily Cain with a 15 point lead over her closest opponent. That lead grows significantly when likely voters learned more about all of the candidates in the primary. Emily Cain also had higher fundraising totals in the 4th quarter of 2013 and 1st quarter of 2014 than any other candidate from any party in the race. Cain has also received endorsements from EMILY’s List, League of Conservation Voters, The American Nurses Association, The Women’s Campaign Fund, WUFPAC, and dozens of current legislators, former legislators, and town and county officials throughout the district.