A second major labor endorsement in less than a week has been given to the woman who wants to be Livingston County’s voice in Congress. Melissa Gilbert announced today that she’s earned the endorsement of the United Auto Workers union as she seeks the Democratic nomination to run against Congressman Mike Bishop in November.
The endorsement comes just days after the actress and Brighton resident received official support from the AFL-CIO, which represents 13 million workers across the country. The UAW has more than 400,000 active members and 600,000 retirees. Gilbert said she was “honored to have the support of the UAW and thousands of working people in Michigan” and looked forward to “fighting for them to bring real change to Congress.” Gerald Kariem, Director of the UAW Region 1D, said that Gilbert had “fought in the trenches with working families all across the country” and that UAW members in the 8th district will fight hard to send her to Congress.
Prior to moving to Michigan, Gilbert led the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005 where she served on the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council.