Sherrie Cohen, Candidate for City Council At-Large, Receives Endorsements From SEIU and Bricklayers
Philadelphia – Today Sherrie Cohen, an attorney and social activist running for aDemocratic at-large City Council seat, announced that she had received the endorsementsof four union locals.
Cohen’s campaign was endorsed by Philadelphia’s three local affiliates of the ServiceEmployees International Union (Local 32BJ, Local 668 and Healthcare PA) and TheBricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Unions No. 1.
SEIU Local 32 BJ, the nation’s largest property service workers union, representssecurity officers; doormen, porters, and maintenance workers; bus drivers and aides;window cleaners and food service workers. Local 668 represents over 20,000 workersemployed by state, county and municipal governments in Pennsylvania, as well as inprivate social service agencies and mental health and developmentally disabled centers.Healthcare PA unites 20,000 health care workers, including nurses, caregivers, dietaryworkers, lab technicians and housekeepers who work in nursing homes, hospitals, homehealth care agencies and state health facilities. The Bricklayers and Allied CraftworkersUnion No. 1 is the oldest continuous union in North America and represents bricklayers,stone and marble masons, cement masons, plasterers, tilesetters, terrazzo and mosaicworkers, and pointers, cleaners and caulkers.
Joseph J. Battaglia, Secretary-Treasurer of the Bricklayers, declared: “[Your]commitment to our members’ interests . . . is one that our Local can trust. Your father,David Cohen, was an unabashed supporter of Labor throughout his life, and I amconfident that you will be as well. Your record as a lawyer proves you look out forthe ‘little guy’, and will not be intimidated by powerful interests looking to weakenworkers’ rights. All in all, I believe strongly in your qualifications to be an effectivevoice for workers and their families on Philadelphia City Council.”
“It is an honor to receive the endorsements of unions that have historically played such animportant role in ensuring that working families across the city receive decent wages andcan work in safe healthy environments,” Cohen said. “As a City Council member I willbe a champion for workers’ rights to improve their wages, conditions and benefits.”
Cohen’s campaign has been enjoying a groundswell of support from Philadelphiansacross the city. Her campaign received the largest number of petition signatures amongchallengers for a Democratic At Large Council seat and is leading the pack of challengersin fundraising.
Cohen has pledged to work on City Council for social and economic justice for all
Philadelphians. She will be a champion for poor people, working families, smallbusinesses, women, people with disabilities, youth and our elders, and lesbian, gay,bisexual and transgender people. She will fight for living wage jobs, affordable housingand health care, excellent schools and high quality city services.
Sherrie Cohen is a candidate for City Council At-Large and the daughter of formerCouncilman David Cohen. As an attorney and social activist, she has fought for essentialservices critical to Philadelphians, like keeping neighborhood libraries and pools openand fighting for more funding for youth recreational and job opportunities Sherrie livesin the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia.