Mass. SEIU backing Democrat Markey in Senate raceAP , Associated Press
Mar. 14, 2013 12:29 PM ET
BOSTON (AP) — One of the state's largest labor unions has endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Edward Markey.
The Massachusetts Service Employees International Union says it represents 85,000 workers across the state.
SEIU Massachusetts State Council Chairman Cliff Cohn described Markey as a strong advocate for working families in Massachusetts.
The group hosted a candidates' forum last weekend. Markey and fellow Democratic Senate hopeful Stephen Lynch both spoke at the event. The three Republican candidates didn't attend.
Both candidates have been working to get the backing of unions after the Massachusetts AFL-CIO opted against choosing between the two, deciding instead not to endorse.
The union represents hospital employees, home care workers, janitors, security guards, social workers, and other professions.
The primary is scheduled for April 30. The special election is June 25.