American Federation of Teachers Local 212, the union representing faculty and staff at Milwaukee Area Technical College, has endorsed Marina Dimitrijevic for Mayor of Milwaukee.
Cathy Kaye, MATC Instructor and member of Local 212’s Committee on Political Education (COPE), explained that Dimitrijevic stands out from all the other candidates. “Rather than simply talking about issues, Marina builds coalitions, convinces her colleagues, and gets initiatives passed into law that benefit the majority of Milwaukee residents rather than just the wealthiest.”
David Weingrod, MATC Instructor and COPE leader, added specific examples. “On her first day on the Milwaukee Common Council, Marina proposed and got passed a provision expanding voting in the city that included a polling place at our college, MATC. This made it easier for our students to vote and countered some of the efforts by Republicans to disenfranchise people of color throughout the city.”
Weingrod added, “Marina also was the moving force behind using some of Milwaukee’s share of American Rescue Plan dollars to expand access to childcare providers for more families as well as to reduce childcare costs. This will especially benefit many of our student-parents as well as parents and providers in poor and minority neighborhoods.”
“In addition,” Kaye said, “None of the other candidates comes close to matching Marina’s record of accomplishments both on the County Board and the Common Council.”