“As a former iron worker and president of the Iron Workers Union, Lynch’s record on issues important to labor and working families is beyond dispute, and includes his commitment to supporting a progressive agenda to create jobs with living wages, provide quality housing, education and a secure retirement for all," she said.
Lynch is banking on union support in his challenge to Rep. Edward MarkeyEd MarkeyOvernight Healthcare: GOP plan marks new phase in ObamaCare fight Overnight Healthcare: Dems trying to force Zika vote | White House tries to stall opioids bill for $$ | Free Lyft rides from ObamaCare Overnight Healthcare: New momentum to lift ban on gay men donating blood MORE (D-Mass.) for the Democratic nomination in the special election to replace Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryWhite House: We were prepared for Brexit vote After Brexit vote, is anything left of Britain? Kerry reaffirms support for Britain, urges calm MORE (D). He enters the race an underdog against Markey, who has a larger campaign warchest and substantial support from the Democratic establishment.
Union support, Lynch believes, will help him get out the vote on Election Day.
By his own count, he's received the backing of at least 44 local unions. In recent weeks, the Massachusetts carpenters union and the Massachusetts Building Trades Council have endorsed Lynch.
But not all unions have warmed to him; a number have taken issue with his more conservative positions on topics like abortion — Lynch is against abortion rights — and the administration's healthcare law, which he voted against.
The Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association have both backed Markey.
The MNA/NNU endorsement is significant, as it indicates some unions are willing to look past Lynch's healthcare vote, and it could also boost his liberal bona fides — the MNA was the first labor union to endorse Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFive things we learned from first Warren-Clinton appearance Trump camp dubs Warren a ‘sellout’ Scott Brown: Warren could prove Native American heritage with DNA test MORE (D-Mass.).
—This post was updated to better reflect Lynch's union backing.