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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Nikil Saval, a progressive challenger for State Senate in the First Senate District in Philadelphia is proud to announce the endorsement of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division—International Brotherhood of Teamsters (BMWED-IBT), a national union representing the workers who build and maintain the tracks, bridges, buildings and other structures on the railroads of the Philadelphia and the United States


 “Nikil is a legitimate friend of organized labor and understands the plight of struggling workers. Recently, Nikil joined UNITE Here’s picket lines at Philadelphia’s airport and was locked up alongside union members in a show of civil disobedience during a contract fight for food service workers represented by UNITE Here and Teamsters. Nikil believes that all Pennsylvanians have the right to fight for a better way of life. Pennsylvanians need someone like Nikil to work for them. Nikil has the ability to find creative ways to fight for and alongside Pennsylvania families. Without a doubt, Nikil is the right person to represent all Pennsylvanians. With proud enthusiasm, the BMWED-IBT supports Nikil Saval as the Democratic candidate for the First Senate District of Pennsylvania.” – Freddie Simpson, President of BMWED-IBT


This endorsement, in addition to Saval’s grassroots support, strong fundraising numbers and early endorsements from UNITE HERE Locals 274, 634, and 54, are an indication of the strength of Nikil Saval’s campaign. As of the December 31st filing deadline, the campaign has raised $119,635 from 774 individual contributions. 


His campaign is focused on promoting affordable housing and tenants’ rights, paid family leave, long-term elder care and childcare, and a Green New Deal for Pennsylvania. Saval, a freelance journalist, began organizing in the labor movement in 2009 as a volunteer with UNITE HERE, where he organized customer boycotts to promote the rights of hotel workers. After emerging as a local leader in Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign, Saval co-founded Reclaim Philadelphia, an organization which has fought to elect progressive candidates like Larry Krasner, Elizabeth Fiedler, Helen Gym, Isaiah Thomas and Kendra Brooks. In 2018 Saval was elected leader of South Philadelphia’s Second Ward, becoming the first Asian American ward leader in Philadelphia history. He and the committee people of the Second Ward have driven substantial increases in voter turnout and continue to work for a more transparent and progressive Democratic Party.


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