Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Trail Blazing Woman Labor Leader Endorses Brian Moran

Brian Moran just received the endorsement of one of labor's most influential women, Barbara Easterling, who, in addition to her accomplishments in organized labor, is a Virginia resident. She was the first woman to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO. It's the number two job in organized labor. Easterling has been a trail blazer for women in the AFL-CIO, having also served as the first woman secretary-treasurer of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). And in the interest of full disclosure, I've known Barbara for years and consider her a great friend and inspiration. Below is the press release from the Moran Campaign:
Major Labor Leader Endorses Moran
~ Moran Fights for Working Families~

ALEXANDRIA - Barbara Easterling, the first woman ever to serve as secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, announced her support of Brian Moran for Governor today. Easterling cited Moran's proven record of fighting hard for the working men and women of Virginia. Moran has proposed an increase in the minimum wage to keep up with rising costs and an economic recovery plan to restart our slumping economy. Easterling also cited recent polling that shows Moran is the strongest general election candidate against Bob McDonnell.

"Brian Moran has made his career fighting for the working men and women of Virginia," said Easterling. "We know Brian will be with us as Governor because he always has. In these tough times, working families are facing real tough choices and Brian Moran understands what we're going through. I know he won't stop fighting until he gets us result and that's what we need as Governor."

Prior to the AFL-CIO, Easterling was the first woman to serve as secretary-treasurer of the Communication Workers of America (CWA). She is currently the President of the Alliance for Retired Americans. Easterling has received a broad range of honors and accolades during her union career. She is the recipient of the International Women's Democracy Center Global Democracy award, the Ellis Island American Legend award and the March of Dimes Salute to Labor award.

"I am honored to have Barbara's support," Moran said. "She is a true leader in our labor community, a pioneer for women, and a strong, steady voice for those who need one."

Easterling is vice chair of the National Alliance to End Homelessness and serves as a Trustee of the National Policy Association (NPA). She also serves on the board of directors of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs; is a member of the Spina Bifida Foundation and serves on the executive committee of the United Way of America and its board of governors.

Brian Moran has a 20-year record of fighting for the people of Virginia. He was Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a Delegate from Alexandria City and Fairfax County. Prior to that, he served as a prosecutor in Arlington County.
That is a major coup for Brian to have this savvy woman's support.

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