Pittsburgh—Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today celebrated an across-the-board primary victory for all four of its endorsed Pittsburgh City Council candidates.
“Tuesday was a great day for Pittsburgh and a clean sweep for working families,” said Gabe Morgan, PA State Director of 32BJ SEIU. “Not only is Bill Peduto on his way to the mayor’s office, but he’ll have a city council ready to work with him on a new vision for the city.”
Primary winners Dan Gilman, Natalia Rudiak, Theresa Kail-Smith and Daniel Lavelle all received the endorsement of 32BJ SEIU in February.
“Natalia Rudiak has been a tireless advocate for Pittsburgh’s working families and our members were proud to support her,” said Morgan. “The election of Dan Gilman means that the working families in the 8th district will continue to have a hardworking champion in city hall.”
“We are happy that Theresa Kail-Smith will return to city council so that she can continue her work making Pittsburgh a better place for middle class families,” added Morgan. “By re-electing Daniel Lavelle, voters have sent a clear message that they want leaders who will work hard to make UPMC accountable to working families.”
32BJ SEIU members carried out a voter outreach program on behalf of the endorsed Council candidates and Bill Peduto, which included knocking on 10,000 doors and making thousands of phone calls.
With 125,000 members in seven states and Washington, D.C., including 22,000 in Pennsylvania, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.