The Maryland labor union that supported Rep. Donna Edwards when she first ran for Congress in 2008 will now endorse her opponent in her bid for Senate.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of Maryland announced Thursday its support for Rep. Chris Van Hollen at an event in Baltimore. Both are seeking the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski in April’s primary election.

“Chris Van Hollen understands our work, our fights and our struggles and has an outstanding record of moving legislation that benefits working people,” Lisa Brown, executive vice president of Local 1199 United Healthcare Workers East, Maryland/DC Division, said in a news release. “Our members know that he is the person we want standing beside us and working with us to create better jobs, better workplaces and better lives for our families and communities.”

According to the SEIU, it represents 40,000 people at various chapters in the District and Maryland that “are politically active, supporting endorsed candidates with extensive field campaigns and other assistance.”

Meanwhile, Edwards boasts on her campaign website of support from organizations such as Teamsters Local 639, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26 and Emily’s List, a national women’s organization that supported Mikulski for Senate 30 years ago.

Edwards represents the 4th Congressional District that includes parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, while Van Hollen represents the 8th District that includes portions of Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties.

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