Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend picked up another endorsement from organized labor yesterday, when 12 Maryland locals of the United Auto Workers threw their support behind the Democratic ticket.
Glendening and Townsend, who are running for re-election to a second term, are expected to lock up most of the state's union support over their primary challengers, Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann, Montgomery County businessman Raymond F. Schoenke Jr. and Prince George's County physician Terry A. McGuire.
The UAW represents 14,000 active workers and 21,000 retired workers in the state and, along with other unions, offers the Glendening-Townsend ticket important field support.
"These are the folks who can provide you with a strong group of volunteers -- with phone-banking and door-to-door campaigning," said Peter Hamm, spokesman for the Glendening campaign.
Glendening has tried to win early endorsements from elected officials and various groups, amid dissatisfaction with him from some corners of the Democratic Party.
He has courted organized labor and went so far as to provide state workers a limited form of collective bargaining through an executive order, after the General Assembly rejected a similar plan.
This month, he was endorsed by the Maryland State Teachers Association (MSTA). That endorsement came after the governor backed the MSTA's top priority of an enhanced pension plan for most teachers and state workers during this year's legislative session.
Pub Date: 5/19/98