Utility Workers Union of America Endorses Gina Raimondo for Governor
Warwick -Taking its place as the 19th labor organization to back Gina Raimondo for governor, Local 310 of the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) endorsed Raimondo as the next governor of the State of Rhode Island.
In a press release on Monday, Raimondo’s camp announced the endorsement from the union that represents approximately 500 Rhode Island utility workers.
Union President Phil Fogarty noted the anti-union, Right to Work platform of Raimondo’s Republican opponent, Allan Fung.
“Gina gets the importance of a good job for a family and we’re proud to be backing her for governor,” said President Phil Fogarty. “Gina will be a governor who focuses on rebuilding our state’s middle class. There are clear contrasts between Gina and her Republican opponent; he supports making Rhode Island a so-called right-to-work state undermining unions’ ability to stand up for their workers and opposes raising the minimum wage. These positions are bad for Rhode Island families. Gina knows how to create good jobs and she’ll stand up for us.”
“I appreciate the support of the men and women of UWUA. I’m running for governor because we need to get Rhode Islanders back to work,” said Raimondo in the release. “We have the third highest unemployment rate in the country and families are struggling. I will be a governor who invests in rebuilding our roads, bridges and schools and implements a long-term strategy to build on areas where we can be strong: marine science, industrial design, medical devices and green technology. That’s how we will turn our economy around.”
According to the release, labor organizations that endorsed Raimondo included the Bricklayers’ and Allied Craftsmen Local 3, Ironworkers’ Local 37, Plumbers’ & Pipefitters’ Local 51, Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ Local 40, Roofers’ and Waterproofers’ Local Union No. 33, Sprinkler Fitters Local 669, Operating Engineers’ Local 57, Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, United Steelworkers Local 12431, Elevator Constructors Local 39, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328, SEIU 1199 NE, IUPAT District Council 11, IBEW Local 99, 32BJ SEIU, Carpenters Local 94, Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council, Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council.