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OPEIU Local 453 and the Alliance of Unions at the MBTA Endorse Michelle Wu’s Boston Mayoral Bid

Released: January 12, 2021

Boston, MA - Today, OPEIU Local 453 and the Alliance of Unions at the MBTA have officially endorsed Boston City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu’s people-powered campaign for Mayor of Boston. OPEIU Local 453 and the Alliance of Unions represent workers from a variety of technical, professional, clerical and supervisory positions.

“As the first woman of color elected as City Council President, Councilor Wu has always put the everyday people of Boston first,” said Timothy W. Lasker, President/Business Agent of OPEIU Local 453. “From housing affordability to public education to a fare free transportation system, Michelle listens, learns, and provides equitable, pragmatic solutions. It is with great enthusiasm that the Executive Board and Members of OPEIU Local 453 endorse her candidacy for Mayor of Boston.”

“Now is the time for new leadership, new tools, and new processes in Boston,” Jim McCarthy, President of the Alliance of Unions at the MBTA. “Michelle has proven through her service on the City Council and bold ideas on public transportation and economic justice that she is fully equipped to lead the change towards a better Boston for everyone.”

“I am proud to stand with the transit workers whose essential service connects our communities and economy,” said Councilor Wu. “OPEIU Local 453 and the Alliance of Unions at the MBTA create opportunities for working families all across the region, and I look forward to continuing to partner on building an equitable recovery to make Boston a city for everyone.”

More details on Councilor Wu’s record and platform on economic justice and workers’ rights are available here. This endorsement builds on the enthusiasm of the campaign’s strong multigenerational, multicultural coalition of grassroots support from residents, community activists and leaders such as Senator Elizabeth Warren, Sunrise Boston, and fellow  municipal elected officials from across Greater Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.