Professional Association of City Employees (P.A.C.E.) Endorses Ceasar Mitchell for Mayor of Atlanta
ATLANTA (June 29, 2017) – On Friday, the Professional Association of City Employees (P.A.C.E.) formally announced its endorsement of Ceasar Mitchell for Mayor of Atlanta. The P.A.C.E. executive board unanimously voted to endorse Ceasar Mitchell because of his record advocating for and implementing policies that benefit working families. The endorsement ceremony took place place at 4:00 pm, on Friday, June 30, 2017, at the P.A.C.E. Headquarters, 581 Joseph E. Boone Boulevard Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30314.
“We are proud to endorse Ceasar Mitchell for Mayor of Atlanta,” said P.A.C.E. local president Gina Pagnotta. “As a tested and proven leader who shares our values, Mitchell is the right candidate for working families. Given the challenges many of us face, he is the kind of Mayor Atlanta needs to help us thrive." Pagnotta added, "Throughout Mitchell’s career in public service, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to issues that matter to working people, and P.A.C.E. members have taken notice of his willingness to act versus just giving lip service.”
“I proudly stand with working families and hold this P.A.C.E. endorsement in high regard,” said Ceasar Mitchell, Mayoral candidate and Atlanta City Council President. “During my sixteen years as a public servant, I have consistently fought to ensure that all city employees earn a living wage. It’s one of the many ways we can help improve opportunities for residents and grow our city.”
During the 2018 City Budget process, Mitchell called for the Atlanta City Council to “raise the floor” at City Hall, and adopt a living wage for all city employees. Under Mitchell’s leadership, the administration voted to increase the current minimum wage to $13.00 per hour for city workers. Over the next two years, city employee wages will increase annually to $14.00 per hour, then $15.00 per hour consecutively. The city began its efforts to pay a Living Wage in the early 2000s, but until now has fallen short of implementation. The goal of increasing the minimum wage for full-time city employees is to help lift their families out of poverty, keep kids in school and strengthen local communities. Mitchell also advocated for longevity pay to retain experienced long-time workers.
Professional Association of City Employees, Local R5-50 of the National Association of Government Employees, (NAGE), represents hundreds of City of Atlanta employees. P.A.C.E.’s parent organization N.A.G.E represents over 300,000 people and affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (S.E.I.U.) which has 1.3 million members.