National Labor Leaders Ai-jen Poo and Jess Morales Rocketto Endorse McClellan For Governor

Ai-jen Poo: “Jenn McClellan is the best candidate for workers and families in Virginia”


Jess Morales Rocketto: “Jenn has always understood that care work is infrastructure, and that’s exactly the perspective Virginia needs in the governor’s offices.”


RICHMOND, Va. — Today, candidate for governor Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) received the endorsement of Jess Morales Rocketto, Executive Director of Care in Action, and Ai-jen Poo, Senior Advisor to Care in Action. 


This year, McClellan passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the first of its kind in the South to protect domestic workers against discrimination and harassment in the workforce by providing them protections under the Minimum Wage Act, the Virginia Human Rights Act, and Virginia’s workplace health and safety laws. In 2020, McClellan championed legislation to eliminate Jim Crow-era regulations that exempted domestic workers from Virginia’s minimum wage and shortchanged predominantly Black, Brown, and immigrant women from earning a living salary. 


McClellan’s mom, aunts, grandmother, and great grandmother all worked as domestic workers. As governor, McClellan will continue to be a champion for the care workforce. In February, McClellan received the endorsement of the Care in Action organization, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to fighting for dignity and fairness for the 2.5 million domestic workers in the United States including 60,000 in Virginia.


“I am proud to receive the endorsement of two strong allies in the fight for workers’ rights and good friends of mine: Ai-jen Poo and Jess Morales Rocketto.” said McClellan. “My mother and many women in my family worked as domestic workers, so I know how instrumental the workforce is to a working economy and thriving communities. Ai-jen and Jess’s endorsements are a huge boost to the momentum that’s building around our campaign and their support will help push our movement forwards.”

“Jenn McClellan doesn’t just talk about care, she puts her power into action to improve the lives of Virginia’s essential workers. She has been a champion of care for years, and no other candidate in the race comes even close to her record,” Jess Morales Rocketto, Executive Director of Care in Action, said. “Some candidates say they support women of color, but Jenn actually does it — whether she’s sponsoring bills that center us, telling the story of domestic workers in her family, leading a study group for care workers or showing up when and where domestic workers are fighting for change. That is the kind of ‘get things done’ mentality Virgina needs in the governor’s office.”


“I’m so proud to support Jenn McClellan to be the first woman governor of Virginia and first Black woman governor in U.S. history,” Senior Advisor to Care in Action Ai-jen Poo said. “Jenn understands what we need to build a caring economy for working people. She’s been a champion for domestic workers for 15 years, and made Virginia history this year when she passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights — the first of its kind in the South. Jenn McClellan is the best candidate for workers, women of color, and families in Virginia.”


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