AFSCME Maryland Announces Endorsement of Johnny Olszewski Jr. in Congressional District 2 Democratic Primary

Longtime champion of labor receives overwhelming support from largest union in Maryland

Baltimore — Patrick Moran, President of AFSCME Maryland Council 3, released the following statement today regarding the union’s endorsement of Johnny Olszewski Jr. in the Congressional District 2 Democratic Primary:

“County Executive Olszewski has been a friend and an ally for AFSCME members throughout his public service. As a Delegate, he stood by us and worked to improve the lives of AFSCME members across the state. And as County Executive, he has continued to meet and work with our members to improve their workplace rights and ensure fair compensation. Johnny O will represent Maryland’s working people and District 2 very well in Congress.”

In addition, Bryan Epps, President of AFSCME Local 434 which represents Baltimore County Public Schools employees in transportation, food service, and maintenance, added:

“There are over 3,000 AFSCME members working in Baltimore County Public Schools, and our members know that Johnny O can lead. We look forward to working with him in Congress.  He knows our districts and represents all of our people well. We want to send Johnny O to Washington so that we get the best representative for us.”

County Executive Olszewski said, “Throughout my career in public service, I’ve always been proud to stand up for working families and organized labor. Unions helped build the American middle class, and it’s critical that we protect the right to organize for everyone. I’m honored to officially receive AFSCME’s endorsement, and I look forward to partnering with them in Congress to help build an economy where every family can thrive.”

AFSCME Maryland Council 3 represents thousands of workers who live and/or work in the 2nd Congressional District. This includes union members who work at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore County Public Works, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Department of Social Services, and more.

AFSCME convened a committee of member leaders who work in Baltimore County to decide on this endorsement. The final endorsements were based off a candidate’s commitment to supporting working people, their record of supporting AFSCME members and union organizing, and the viability of their candidacy. With a long history in Baltimore County, AFSCME took into account candidates’ current and past records. AFSCME will work at all levels to help elect our endorsed candidates.


About AFSCME Maryland Council 3
AFSCME Maryland Council 3 represents nearly 45,000 public service workers in local, city, county and state government as well as in higher education who provide the valuable public services that our communities rely on. From Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore, we make Maryland happen.