AFSCME Council 66 and CSEA 1000, whom together represent over 60,000 members in the Western New York region, informed Rochester Mayoral Candidate Malik Evans that he has earned their endorsement for Mayor of the City of Rochester. A joint endorsement from Council 66 and CSEA has never occurred in the history of the City of Rochester.
“The historic nature of this endorsement is truly an honor. It is humbling to be endorsed by these essential front-line workers especially as they work to serve all of us during this COVID pandemic. I have long had a deep connection and admiration for these heroes that serve our community. These workers are on the front lines feeding our children; driving students to school; keeping our streets clean and plowed; picking up refuse; staffing our libraries, and so much more,” stated Evans.
AFSCME has a long history of standing up for their worker rights, as well as civil and human rights in the community. In 1968, two AFSCME sanitation workers, Echol Cole and Robert Walker were killed in the back of a garbage truck in Memphis Tennessee. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. walked in support of the workers and AFSCME marched with him.
“I am so proud of the Civil Rights leaders within the ranks of AFSCME, most notably Bill Lucy who founded the Coalition of Black Trades Unionists,” said Evans.
Dan DiClemente, BENTE 2419 President & President of AFSCME Council 66 stated, “Councilman Evans is a consummate professional who treats everyone he meets with dignity and respect. He is a person of integrity who was born to lead the city he grew up in; he was made for this moment.”
Steve Healy, President, CSEA Western Region stated, “CSEA is highly impressed by City of Rochester mayoral candidate Malik Evans and his vision to lead us beyond these challenging times. He is highly qualified, trustworthy, and is someone we know we can count on when it matters most. CSEA is proud to endorse the candidacy of Malik Evans for Mayor of Rochester.”
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