United Auto Workers Endorse Betsy Rader!

JUNE 10, 2020 – As noted by the Record Courier, the United Auto Workers have endorsed Betsy Rader.

In total, the United Auto Workers represents over 391,000 members and more than 580,000 retired members in over 600 local unions.

“As an employment lawyer, I was proud to join UAW workers on the picket lines in 2019 as they stood in solidarity with each other and with the temporary workers at GM who were not being treated with dignity or respect,” Rader stated.  “Unions are working hard to make sure everyone in this country can earn a decent living with benefits.” 

Along with the UAW, the Rader campaign has also been endorsed by Senator Sherrod Brown, Congressman Tim Ryan, and organizations such as the Ohio AFL-CIO, Ohio Education Association, Ohio Federation of Teachers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen, and Laborers Local 894.

The endorsement comes in concurrence with the announcement of Ms. Rader raising $69,342.35 during the post-primary fundraising period from February 26 to June 5, more than every candidate in the state except for three Republicans. This brings the campaign’s total contributions raised to $212,786.73, more than any other Democratic challenger in Ohio.   She has raised twice as much as her Republican opponent and has four times as much cash on hand.  Ms. Rader has taken a no corporate PAC pledge and has raised her money from over 1,000 grassroots contributors.

Rader noted, “I have been able to raise record-breaking amounts of money in this race because the people of Ohio want leaders in the Statehouse who will prioritize what matters to regular people.  Voters are tired of watching big money interests set the agenda for this state while ignoring the needs of our working families.”

Ms. Rader was previously a Senior Counsel at the Cleveland Clinic and worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  As an employment lawyer, Ms. Rader fights for the rights of workers and most recently has been fielding calls from essential workers who are concerned about their safety in the workplace, sick pay, and their healthcare coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.  She also volunteers pro bono legal services to help workers who are trying to access unemployment benefits and serves as a guardian ad litem for abused children.

Senate District 18 is an open seat that is highly competitive in 2020.  Ohio State Senate District 18 encompasses all of Portage County as well as large portions of Lake and Geauga County.  It includes institutions of higher learning such as Kent State University. The current state senator, John Eklund, is term-limited.