AFSCME Council 31 Endorses Robert Young for Winnebago County Board
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31, Illinois’ council of the largest trade labor union of public employees in the United States, has endorsed Robert Young for Winnebago County Board’s District 17 seat in the March 2020 General Primary.
"AFSCME Council 31, the labor union representing Winnebago County employees, city of Rockford, State workers, direct care workers, RPS205 employees and more throughout Winnebago County, is proud to endorse Mr. Young, a candidate whose life's work illustrates a clear value for the rights of working families and the strength a community can possess when workers' voices are heard", said Sara Dorner, Staff Representative at AFSCME Council 31.
AFSCME is the largest union in the AFL-CIO with over 1.3 million members. AFSCME Council 31 represents over 75,000 members in Illinois and is a leading voice for working families in the state. Council 31 endorsements are based on candidates’ records and stances on issues of importance to union members and determined by rank-and-file delegates at regional meetings.
"I am honored to receive the support of AFSCME Council 31, which represents workers all across the 17th District and Winnebago County at large," Young said. "The County’s workforce is its single greatest asset, and as a member of the County Board I will stand with AFSCME in support of their work to secure fair and competitive compensation and safe and stable working conditions.”
Young is running as a Democratic candidate for his first term as a County Board representative. A native of northern Illinois, he is a graduate of Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and has served as President of his family’s business, Midwest Packaging and Container (located in Machesney Park) since 2012. He serves as a board member for the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Natural Land Institute, Rockford Promise, and Shatter Our Silence, is a member of the Strategy Team for Next Rockford and the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, and was named a Rockford Chamber of Commerce “40 Leaders Under 40” honoree in 2019.
The General Primary for the Winnebago County Board race is March 17, 2020.