City Councilman Bill Peduto showcased a quartet of new labor endorsements Tuesday, and he will announce the support of his colleague, Councilman Patrick Dowd, Wednesday as he engages in a battle of perception with former Auditor General Jack Wagner over who has the most momentum in the Pittsburgh mayor's race. The Peduto announcement follows the decision by his former rival, city Controller Michael Lamb, to leave the race and throw his support to former Auditor General Jack Wagner. Mr. Wagner had staged his own show of union support last week when he appeared with the leaders of four influential city employees' unions. The competing displays of support will continue in the coming days as the Peduto campaign plans a series of new endorsement news conferences. The councilman's latest officials supporters are the AFSCME District Council 84; the United Food and Commercial Workers, local 23; the Sheet Metal Workers local 12; and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
Mr. Dowd was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for mayor in 2009. You can read the Peduto release after the jump:
Peduto News Release:Pittsburgh, PA – Four labor unions representing a broad diversity of working class families are announcing their endorsement of Bill Peduto for Mayor of Pittsburgh. This brings the total number of union endorsements thus far to 10.“We know in Bill Peduto we have a leader who stands up for the interest of our diverse membership. We know in Bill Peduto, we have a leader who will bring an end to the corruption that has infected city government,” says Richard Capoini, AFSCME District Council 84 Director.“The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 23 stand with Bill Peduto – a progressive leader who has a vision for a new Pittsburgh that supports our mission of better wages and benefits for the city's working class,” says Kevin Kilroy, UFCW Local 23 spokesperson.“We are normally behind the scenes, but with the future of our city at stake, IATSE wants to publicly endorse Bill Peduto for mayor. He's a strong and committed leader who has demonstrated he has what's best for Pittsburgh at heart,” says IATSE Secretary-Treasurer Shawn Foyle.
“The Sheet Metal Workers are proud to endorse Bill Peduto as the next mayor of Pittsburgh. Bill understands the importance of a strong middle class. Because he has stood for us, we stand for him,” says Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #12 Business Manger Dave Bernett.
Other unions that have endorsed Peduto are the Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania, one of the largest labor councils in the United States representing building construction workers; SEIU Local 32BJ, the largest property service workers union in the country; the United Steel Workers; Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees; Fraternal Association of Professional Paramedics, Local 1; and Ironworkers Local Union No. 3.“We have more union support than any other candidate. That is because this candidacy is about a new Pittsburgh. A new Pittsburgh that supports the middle class. A new Pittsburgh that does not welcome government corruption. A new Pittsburgh that is innovative and progressive,” says Peduto.Additionally, the growing coalition of elected officials who have endorsed Peduto are Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, State Senator Wayne Fontana, State Representative Ed Gainey of Larimer, State Representative Erin C. Molchany of Mount Washington, City Councilman Bruce Kraus of the South Side, and City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak of Carrick.