Government Workers’ Union Endorses Finney

Press Release from Lowe Finney for State Senate, July 26, 2010:

Employees Association Backs District 27 Senator

JACKSON – The Tennessee State Employees Association has announced its endorsement of State Sen. Lowe Finney (D-Jackson) for State Senate District 27.

“Senator Finney has shown during his time in the State Senate that he is willing to listen to state employees and act fairly and promptly on their behalf. We fully support Lowe Finney for State Senate,” said James Braswell, chairman of the Tennessee Employees Action Movement, the political arm of TSEA.

Established in 1974, TSEA is a nonprofit association that advocates for the interests of approximately 45,000 state employees in Tennessee. The organization has successfully fought for retirement benefits, longevity pay and whistleblower protection for state employees, among its many accomplishments.

This year, Finney helped pass a budget that saved more than 550 state jobs that would have been eliminated under a previous budget proposal. He also helped pass a recession assistance package, contingent on economic recovery, and protected employees’ retirement plans.

“We have a responsibility in state government to respect and help our employees,” Finney said. “I’m honored to receive the TSEA’s endorsement, and I look forward to continuing to work with them on the issues that face thousands of Tennessee employees.”

In addition to the TSEA announcement, Finney recently received endorsements from the Tennessee Professional Fire Fighters Association and the Tennessee Education Association.