Norwalk Mayoral candidate, Democrat, Harry Rilling received the endorsement of Council "4 AFSCME" on Thursday. AFSCME - American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - is Connecticut’s largest AFL-CIO union.
Council 4 AFSCME represents 32,000 people in Connecticut including Norwalk’s Department of Public Works employees Local 2405, Norwalk’s custodians and maintenance employees Local 1042, and Norwalk’s cafeteria workers Local 1748.
Standing with Norwalk Police and Norwalk Fire Fighters, Department of Public Workers Local 2405 President Milton Giddiens gave his endorsement for Harry Rilling for Mayor.
“I’m proud to stand with my brothers in blue, my brothers in red, and my brothers in green,” said Giddiens in a release, adding, "Harry is a fighter for the working class” and Norwalk “needs a mayor that understands our mission.”
Director of Policy and Planning at Council 4 AFSCME, Peter Thor, spoke to why Rilling was receiving a statewide endorsement. “Harry represents the values of the working people,” said Thor in the release. “Harry understands getting work done for the people of Norwalk.”
“I am humbled, honored, and proud to have your endorsement,” Rilling said. “You are the salt of the earth and the backbone of Norwalk’s working force.”
Union members from AFSCME Local 2405 (Public Works), Local 1042 (Board of Ed non-certified) will be joined by members of the Norwalk Police Union, Local 1277, the Norwalk Fire Fighters Association, Local 830, in affirming their support for Rilling as Norwalk’s next mayor.
Council 4 represents nearly 32,000 public service workers in state and local government, including approximately 400 who reside inNorwalk.