Southeast's Largest Private-Sector Union Endorses Ceasar

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) has formally endorsed Ceasar Mitchell for Mayor of Atlanta. UFCW Local 1996 is the largest private-sector union in the southeastern United States, representing over 19,000 members in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing, poultry and healthcare industries. UFCW members include major employers such as Kroger, Kaiser Permanente and Hormel, among others.

UFCW Local 1996 President Steve Lomax said, “We are endorsing City Council President Ceasar Mitchell because he understands the concerns of Atlanta’s workers. During his sixteen years on city council, he has consistently represented the interests of working families. President Mitchell led the charge to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour for city employees, setting a standard for the region. He has proven himself to possess the experience and leadership abilities to make real change and boldly represent our membership at City Hall.”

Lomax added, “Council President Mitchell has demonstrated his ability to bring labor and businesses together in the tough job of making Atlanta a city that works for all its people.”

“Bridging the gap between labor and businesses is a tall order, but one in which I am prepared to fill on day one as Mayor of this great city,” said Ceasar Mitchell, mayoral candidate and Atlanta City Council President. “Receiving this full vote of confidence from UFCW Local 1996 comes with the expectation of accountability and responsibility. I am honored and fully committed to standing in solidarity with UFCW as a strong voice for all of Atlanta’s working families.”

To date, Mitchell has also received labor union endorsements from the Professional Association of City Employees (PACE), The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).