Cooke campaign: Eau Claire Firefighters Local 487 endorses Rebecca Cooke for Congress in WI-03
Eau Claire, WI – Today, Eau Claire Fire Department Local 487 announced its endorsement of Rebecca Cooke in Wisconsin’s third congressional district. Local 487 joins Stevens Point Firefighters, IAFF Local 484 and workers across the district in support of Cooke. The only candidate in the WI-03 race from a working class family, Rebecca has won the backing of more labor organizations than any other candidate.
“Local 487 supports Rebecca Cooke because she has a strong work ethic, core values and we believe she will do the right thing in the position of the 3rd Congressional District for Citizens,” said Taylor Quinnell, President of Local 487. “Local 487 supports her fight to face challenges head-on, while being open and transparent throughout her journey. »
“As someone from a family of first responders, I am extremely honored to have the Eau Claire firefighters alongside us in this crucial race for the future of our communities,” Rebecca said on Monday. “Our firefighters and their loved ones put so much on the line every day, and they deserve a champion in Congress who understands the importance of the special needs of firefighters, including the right to bargain collectively on issues of health, safety, salaries and benefits, as well as the resources, equipment and training necessary to do their jobs safely and effectively. I will never stop working to ensure that they and all Wisconsin residents receive a fair treatment, and live and retire with the dignity they deserve.
This latest endorsement follows more than 30 events and roundtables in seven counties in the district as part of the Cooke campaign’s 19-county tour through Wisconsin’s new Third District. On April 13, Rebecca met with dairy farmers in Chippewa County to talk about dairy margin coverage and dairy protection income before visiting Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., a major employer in the area that brews near 60% of its products to Chippewa Falls, for discussion. on supply chain and workforce challenges. Rebecca then visited the Heyde Art Center for their 58th Annual Spring Art Exhibition to talk about the importance of investing in the creative economy.
On April 19, Rebecca met with Dunn County water quality experts from the WI Department of Natural Resources, professors from UW-Extension and Stout who have dedicated themselves to the Tainter and Menomin watershed. . They discussed their public/private work and the strong coalitions they have built, especially in farming communities, to address PFAS contamination.
On April 21, Rebecca visited Jackson County and met with leaders from Western Technical College in Black River Falls about how they serve their community with K-12 opportunities and pre-college support. She sat down with Mayor Jay Eddy to discuss local issues and the Jackson County Electric Coop. To end the day, she joined grassroots Democratic leaders and participated in a lively conversation about child care alternatives that are key to closing the gaps for parents and providers alike.
Later this week, the campaign will visit Eau Claire, Wood and Portage counties for a series of stops as part of the 19-county tour. please contact [email protected] for more information or if you are interested in covering.