DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Several major Iowa labor unions are endorsing Democratic State Sen. Jack Hatch for governor.
Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announced their backing for Hatch Thursday, along with four local Teamsters unions.
AFSMCE represents about 40,000 workers in state and local government, schools and some private jobs. Teamsters Locals 90, 120, 238 and 554 represent over 15,000 workers and retirees.
Hatch, of Des Moines, says he expects the unions will offer financial and volunteer support. Hatch is the leading Democrat seeking the nomination for governor. He will likely face Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who is running for a sixth term.
AFSCME previously endorsed state Rep. Tyler Olson, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, who dropped out of the race last year amid marital problems.