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#Election2020: AFL-CIO formally endorses Ossoff for U.S. Senate

By Itoro N. Umontuen | The Atlanta Voice

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff visits a campaign office to speak with volunteers and supporters on Election Day as he runs for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on June 20, 2017, in Tucker, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Wednesday, the Georgia chapter of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations announced its endorsement of the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Jon Ossoff in his bid to unseat incumbent, Republican David Perdue.

Currently, Perdue is leading by an average of 4 points over Ossoff in various polls recorded by RealClearPolitics.

In its endorsement today, Georgia AFL-CIO President Charlie Flemming highlighted Ossoff’s plans to champion policies that will help working families thrive.

“Jon supports an economy that works for all Georgians, not just the wealthiest, by restoring the minimum wage to a living wage, pay equity for women and people of color, restoring overtime protections, and supporting workers ability to come together to bargain for better wages and benefits to help create a more just, prosperous and equitable society,” Flemming said.

Senate Majority PAC, the top Democratic Super PAC involved in Senate races, has a $7.2 million ad buy this September aimed at Senator Perdue’s record, as this race continues to draw attention nationwide. Also, the Democrats hope to flip this seat blue in November’s general election.

“For decades, Washington has put the interests of investment banks and multinational corporations ahead of working families, whose wages, health care, and rights have been under attack,” said Ossoff. “I’m honored by Georgia AFL-CIO’s endorsement, and I look forward to fighting alongside them for higher wages, expanded access to health care, strengthened protections and paid leave policies for workers, and workers’ organizing rights.”

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