Walker Lands More Union Support for Primary Bid
RWDSU Local 110 Picks Walker over Houser
The local Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) has made their support for Supervisor Stacey Walker official. At a board meeting earlier this week, the Local 110 union voted unanimously to endorse Stacey Walker over his primary challenger Jim Houser.
“It’s time to send a clear message that our union supports candidates and officials who support working people,” said RWDSU Local 110 President, Shane Forbes. “While we appreciate the many years of service Mr. Houser has given to this community, it is clear to our members that Stacey Walker is a champion for causes important to us and that he is the candidate of the future. We’re going to do everything we can to get him re-elected.”
The union represents hundreds of laborers at large industrial plants in Linn and Johnson counties, with many based at Quaker Oats. It is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and is strategically located in the northwest quadrant of Cedar Rapids, part of the newly formed District 1. This is new territory for Stacey Walker and the union support should help raise his profile for voters who have been previously represented by his opponent.
“It’s an honor to have the support of the RWDSU,” said Stacey Walker. “In competitive primaries, these endorsements really help quite a bit. They validate all of the great work we’ve done for working people since taking office, and it shows that the labor movement has a lot of confidence in our campaign.”
Walker has received support from other notable leaders including Tammy Wawro, President of Iowa State Education Association (ISEA), State Representative Liz Bennett, Bret Nilles, Chair of the Linn County Democrats, Cedar Rapids City Councilmembers Ashley Vanory and Dale Todd, and his democratic colleagues on the Board, Ben Rogers and Brent Oleson.