Montana’s Largest Labor Union Endorses Farmer Jon Tester for United States Senate

Teachers and Public Employees Support Tester as Best Candidate to Fight for its Members

Billings—Today, MFPE—the largest labor union in the state of Montana—endorsed farmer and United States Senator Jon Tester as the best candidate to fight for Montana’s public employees. MFPE represents public school teachers, higher education faculty and staff, state and local government employees, Head Start employees, and health care personnel.

Tester has been a relentless advocate for teachers and other public employees throughout his career. Tester has pushed for fair increases to the minimum wage so no full-time Montana worker has to live in poverty, fended off ‘right-to-work’ efforts, and has regularly gone to bat for collective bargaining rights.

“As a former teacher, I know that Montana has some of the most dedicated, talented public employees in the nation,” Tester said. “Now more than ever, following today’s disastrous Supreme Court decision, we need to fight back against outsiders that are trying to chip away at the rights and freedoms of Montana’s teachers, health care professionals, and local government employees. It is an honor to fight alongside MFPE on behalf of workers, and I’m proud to have their endorsement.”

“Senator Tester is right on labor, right on public education, right on health care, right on adequate and fair taxation, right on veterans, right on public access to public lands, right for Montana,” said Eric Feaver, President of MFPE. “He is Montana’s proven champion in the U.S. Senate.  We are grateful for his support. Senator Tester has earned our support over and over again.”

MFPE is the result of a merger between MEA-MFT and MPEA, Montana’s two largest public employee unions, that was created in January 2018.