Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 announced the formal endorsement of Alexi Giannoulias for the Office of Illinois Secretary of State on Friday.

“Alexi has a long history of standing with unions and workers on the job site,” said Teamsters President Terrence J. Hancock. “He has fought for increased wages, job creation, affordable healthcare and benefits and protected retirement savings. Alexi will tackle the challenges confronting working families head on and our members will work hard in helping him secure the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State and win the general election in 2022.”

Giannoulias has previously served as Illinois State Treasurer and on the board of the Chicago Public Library.

“I’m honored to have received the endorsement of the Teamsters Joint Council 25 and the 100,000 working men and women they represent,” Giannoulias said. “The Teamsters are incredibly important role in growing the labor movement in Illinois and I will continue to earn their support to protect worker rights and support middle-class families.”

Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 represents over 100,000 hard-working members in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million members in North America.