Two more major labor unions, the Central Florida AFL-CIO and UNITE HERE, have endorsed the candidacy of Nicolette Springer for Orange County Commission District 4, her campaign announced.

The two unions represent more than 40,000 workers in Central Florida including service workers at Walt Disney World.

“Nicolette is going to stand up for hospitality workers and make our community a better place to work,” said UNITE HERE Local 362 President Eric Clinton.

Springer, an Orlando criminologist, faces Susan Makowski, Kevin Ballinger, Gina Perez-Calhoun, and Maribel Gomez Cordero in the Aug. 28 election. If no one receives at least 50 percent then the top two advance to the Nov. 6 election. They seek to succeed term-limited Commissioner Jennifer Thompson in the southeast Orange County district.

“I am honored to have been endorsed by the AFL-CIO and UNITE HERE. The current administration and previous staff have a record of siding with corporations at the cost of workers’ rights,” Springer stated. “As the next commissioner of District 4, I will keep workers’ rights at the forefront because our workforce is the backbone of our community. They deserve representation that is not beholden to corporations. Unions have a history of advocating on behalf of all workers. Without the unions, we would not have employee protections such as paid parental leave, a minimum wage, and safe workplaces. When elected, I will be an ally for all workers and assure that Orange County becomes a safer, more equitable place to work”

Previously, Springer received the endorsements of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Laborers International Union of North America, the Painters & Allied Trades, and the Communication Workers of America.

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  1. Diana

    The teacher’s union and AFL-CIO are tied together. Therefore I am very surprised that the union endorsed someone who home schools her children. While everyone has a right to decide on the education of their children, we support public schools and proper funding. Would her personal decisions about public schools impact her decisions as a County Commissioner? You decide.


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