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Teamsters switch to Wagner

Published by James O'Toole on .

The Teamsters Joint Council 40 announced Friday that the group was endorsing Jack Wagner in the race for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Pittsburgh.

The decision to back the former auditor general reflects the twisting course of the mayoral primary. The labor group had originally decided to support city Controller Michael Lamb in the race, but Mr. Lamb, despite also having the endorsement of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, dropped from the race last week.

Joe Molinaro, president of the Teamsters group said the decision to switch to Mr. Wagner had been unanimous among the officials of the various local unions.  Mr. Molinaro said that the Joint Council 40 represented approximately 25,000 workers in the region.  He estimated that between 5,000 and 6,000 of their members lived in the city. Mr. Wagner and city Councilman Bill Peduto have dominated the competition for labor support among the four-person Democratic field.  Earlier Mr. Wagner had been endorsed by several city workers' unions and by a group of building trades locals.

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