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MILWAUKEE — This week, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO announced their endorsement of Mandela Barnes in the race for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. The AFL-CIO fights raise wages, improve workplace safety, protect worker freedom to collectively bargain and for strong contracts that build strong communities within the state of WIsconsin — and has recognized Barnes for his commitment to these values.

“Mandela Barnes grew up in a proud union family and understands the importance of having strong unions in order to sustain and grow Wisconsin’s middle class,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.  “In the Assembly, Barnes prioritized working class issues like creating family-sustaining jobs, investing in our neighborhood public schools and ensuring Wisconsin families could have affordable health care. The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO is proud to support Mandela Barnes for Lieutenant Governor.”

“As the son of two union parents, I am honored to receive the endorsement of Wisconsin’s AFL-CIO. When I was growing up, my family was supported by the family-sustaining benefits provided by these unions. Over the last eight years, Scott Walker and his cronies have viciously attacked the unions — leading to enormous decreases in benefits for so many hard-working families. As part of the new Democratic administration, I will fight to restore collective bargaining and rebuild the strength of our unions,” said Mandela Barnes.

The AFL-CIO endorsement is the latest in a string of support for the Mandela Barnes campaign from organized labor, including UAW, CWA, Teamsters, Ironworkers Local 8, and AFT Local 212.

Mandela Barnes is a former two-term state legislator, community organizer, and policy professional from Milwaukee. He is seeking the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor in the August 14th primary election. More information is available at

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