Donovan wins backing of state workers’ union

Labor is lining up for TJ Donovan.

Adding to a list of earlier union endorsements, the Vermont State Employees Association is backing Donovan, the campaign announced Thursday afternoon.

The state workers’ union represents over 6,000 employees.

“For too long Vermonters have gone without an Attorney General who understands what working and middle class Vermonters go through day in and day out, and who appreciates the essential role state workers play in our state,” said John Reese, President of VSEA, in a written statement. “The men and women of VSEA are supporting TJ in the Democratic Primary for Attorney General because we’re confident he’ll be an unflinching supporter of worker’s rights; an active watchdog of government contractors; and a vocal advocate for the labor movement in an era of nationwide attacks on public employees and unions.”

Donovan has also picked up endorsements from the Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont, the Vermont AFL-CIO, the Vermont Troopers Association, the Vermont Building and Construction Trades Council, and the Vermont Sheriff’s Association.

According to the Donovan campaign, the groups represent about 15,000 members statewide.

Donovan, the Chittenden County State’s Attorney, is trying to unseat 15-year incumbent Bill Sorrell in the Democratic primary in late August.

In a primary that could draw fewer than 40,000 voters, unions could play a decisive role in the outcome if they come out in force for Donovan.