070813i-Katherine-ClarkFrom the Katherine Clark campaign, July 9: The second major labor union in as many days has endorsed state Sen. Katherine Clark for Congress in the 5th District of Massachusetts. NAGE/IBPO/SEIU Local 5000, representing 22,000 workers, announced its support Tuesday for Clark in the special election to be held this year to replace Ed Markey, now a U.S. senator.

“Katherine has always had an open-door policy. She listens to what we have to say and is always responsive,” said Ray McGrath, political director of the local. “What we want in a congressman is exactly that: someone who listens, but more importantly someone who is open to our point of view.”

The National Association of Government Employees and related unions represent federal, state, county and municipal employees such as police officers, firefighters, correctional officers, health care workers including nurses, paramedics and emergency medical technicians and office workers, professional workers and allied workers.

“I am thrilled to have the support of NAGE/IBPO/SEIU Local 5000,” Clark said. “I have been proud to work with them on issues of workplace safety and creating workplaces free of bullying and harassment. The workers of NAGE understand firsthand that when extremists in Washington try to distract our attention with bills designed to take away women’s rights to make their own health care decisions or by obstructing everything President Obama is trying to accomplish, they are failing to focus on the real issues that affect our families and our communities. I will always stand up to these extremists and with the families of Massachusetts, and I’m glad to know the 22,000 Massachusetts workers of NAGE will stand with me.”