Postal Workers Endorse Mark Takai for Congress Endorsement Indicates Positive Momentum at Year’s End
December 20, 2013
The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is endorsing Mark Takai for Congress today.
APWU praised Takai’s work as a state representative. “During Mark’s two decades in the Hawaii State Legislature, he has proven his commitment to postal workers and Hawaii’s working families,” said Diana Thomas, APWU Hawaii State Chapter President. “I know that he will carry that dedication to Congress. We will work hard to get him there.”
Takai has been a proponent for key issues such as equal pay for equal work, strong work place safety standards, and reasonable job protections. This makes him a clear choice for Hawaii’s first Congressional seat, Thomas added.
Takai is proud to receive this critical endorsement. “It is getting harder for families in Hawaii. Many are living paycheck-to-paycheck. These families need a champion to advocate for them in Congress. I’ve stood with working people every time I had the opportunity, without exception.” Takai said.
The United State Postal Service (USPS) is one of the largest employers of veterans in the country and works hard to employ disabled veterans. Takai, who has been an advocate for veterans as the Chair of House Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs in Hawaii, is excited to include the APWU endorsement among his other notable veteran endorsements including Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and VoteVets.
“Takai’s service to this country both as a combat veteran and a legislator aligns with the values of our union. We are proud to support him,” Thomas said.
Takai has been racking up endorsements from notable sources, indicating positive momentum as the year ends. This is his second international union endorsement and fourth official campaign endorsement.
APWU, an affiliate of AFL-CIO and the world’s largest postal union, represents more than 220,000 USPS employees and retirees in the United States.
K. Mark Takai is a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not express or imply endorsement by the Hawaii Army National Guard, the Department of the Army, or the Department of Defense.