City Councilman Bill Peduto showcased an endorsement from Ironworkers local No. 3 Tuesday in a brief news conference at the union's Strip District headquarters.
"Bill has been faithful to the cause of building the middle class and protecting workers' rights,'' said Mark Thomas, the local's business manager, as he announced the support. City Controller Michael Lamb was been endorsed by Teamsters Joint Council No. 40 earlier this month, but Mr. Peduto has received the most public support from labor since Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's surprise decision not to seek re-election. At that point several unions had already endorsed the incumbent, leaving their support up for grabs among the remaining contenders. Among them is the politically influential Pittsburgh Firefighters union.
Mr. Lamb was on the North Side earlier in the day, announcing his plan to focus on neighborhoods by upgrading he current Office of Neighborhood Initiatives and rename it the Office of Neighborhood Engagement. He said he would demand monthly reports from his department heads tracking the delivery of city services, neighborhood by neighborhood.