Today, Robert McEllrath, International President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), endorses Tom Perez for DNC chair citing that he is a skilled problem solver and his commitment to working families. McEllrath joins a broad group of labor leaders and unions who support Tom Perez, including the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC), the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA), the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and the United Farm Workers.
“The next DNC chair needs to put the concerns of working families first, and my personal experience with Tom Perez showed me that he is a skilled problem solver who is committed to America’s working families,” said ILWU International President Robert McEllrath. “Tom Perez helped the ILWU at a critical time in our negotiations, and working with him gave me the opportunity to see firsthand that he is hardworking, trustworthy, and a straight shooter – all qualities I admire. I maintain the utmost respect for all of the other progressives who have stepped up to run for DNC Chair, especially Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota. But my personal experience seeing Tom Perez work hard to solve problems for my union’s membership is what makes this the right decision for me.”
“I’m honored to have the support of Bob McEllrath, someone who has spent decades fighting for workers and working families,” said Tom Perez. “Bob and I worked hand in hand throughout the years and during the West Coast ports dispute to reach a conclusion that was fair to both sides. I’m proud to have him by my side as we work together to unite the party, communicate our values of economic opportunity, and fight for progressive causes across the country.”