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Peduto announces union nods

Published by Tim McNulty on .

As promised, Bill Peduto's mayoral campaign announced some union endorsments today from SEIU and three laborers groups. "The leaders of the service and building trades movement understand that Pittsburgh needs new leadership and they have joined the political leadership of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in supporting Bill Peduto for Mayor," the camp said in a statement.

Full statement after the jump:

February 20, 2013, Pittsburgh, PA – SEIU Local 32BJ, the Laborers' District Council of Western Pennsylvania, Construction, General Laborers & Material Handlers Local Union No.1058, and Construction General Laborers Local Union No. 373 have endorsed Bill Peduto as their candidate of choice for Mayor of Pittsburgh

The leaders of the service and building trades movement understand that Pittsburgh needs new leadership and they have joined the political leadership of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in supporting Bill Peduto for Mayor.

SEIU Local 32BJ is the largest property service workers union in the country. The Laborers' District Council of Western Pennsylvania is one of the largest labor councils in the United States. Local Union 1058 is one of the top 5 largest construction local unions in the United States and Local 373 is the largest union representing building construction workers in Allegheny County.

This powerful force knows that Pittsburgh can do better – that Pittsburgh must do better for working families.

"Bill Peduto has ensured that thousands of Pittsburgh jobs pay a prevailing wage that can support a family and keep our local economy moving forward. Pittsburgh needs a mayor who cares more about the financial security of middle class families than the security of his political career," said Gabe Morgan, Pennsylvania State Director and Vice President of
SEIU Local 32BJ. "Peduto has the integrity to stand up to big developers and big corporations. 32BJ is proud to support Bill Peduto: a champion for working people, transparent government, a clean environment and safer neighborhoods."

In a joint statement from Philip Ameris, President-Business Manager of the Laborers' District Council of Western Pennsylvania; Joseph Laquatra, Jr. Business Manager of the Construction, General Laborers & Material Handlers Local Union No. 1058; and William J. Brooks, Business Manager of the Construction General Laborers Local Union No. 373, explained how Peduto's work ethic and integrity proved to be the difference in earning their support.

"He will be a hands on Mayor, someone who will be in control of his administration and will have his own vision for the City. Bill, because of his character and integrity, is the Mayor that we as organized labor will be able to partner with to insure a successful future for Pittsburgh."

Brooks is also the President of the Pittsburgh Building and Construction Trades Council.

ABOUT SEIU 32BJ
With 125,000 members in seven states and Washington, D.C., including 15,000 in Pennsylvania, SEIU Local 32BJ is the largest property service workers union in the country.

ABOUT LABORERS' DISTRICT COUNCIL OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
The Laborers' District Council of Western Pennsylvania is one of the largest labor councils in the United States. The Council represents over 30,000 members and their families in the 33 counties of western Pennsylvania.

ABOUT CONSTRUCTION, GENERAL LABORERS & MATERIAL HANDLERS LOCAL UNION NO. 1058
In the top 5 of the largest construction local unions in the United States. The organization represents laborers and public employees in the City of Pittsburgh, including the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority, Public Works Department, Zoological Society and David Lawrence Convention Center, the Allegheny County Airport Authority, Public Works, Kane Hospitals and employees in the surrounding six counties.

ABOUT CONSTRUCTION GENERAL LABORERS LOCAL UNION NO. 373
Local 373 is the largest union representing building construction workers in Allegheny County. Business Manager Brooks is also the President of the Pittsburgh Building and Construction Trades Council. The local has over 4,000 members and their families in the Pittsburgh region.

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