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International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 25 Endorses Gretchen Whitmer for Governor

5,000-member Union joins unprecedented growing movement for Whitmer

Union Members Protest Against the Right-to Work at Michigan's State Capitol

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LANSING, MICHIGAN – Today, the more than 5,000-member wide Iron Workers Local 25 union, which covers almost all counties in the state of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, announced their unanimous support for Gretchen Whitmer for Governor. With this latest endorsement, Whitmer’s movement has gained the support of eight statewide labor organizations and unions representing more than 180,000 Michigan workers and retirees.

Michael Randick, Business Manager for the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 25 said Whitmer is a proven fighter who has been on the front lines standing up for Michigan workers and their families, like when she threw open the doors of the Capitol when the governor locked the people out to pass anti-worker “right to work” legislation in secret, and when she brokered the deal to expand Medicaid to 630,000 Michiganders.
“Michigan workers deserve a Governor who is in their corner, fighting for their rights to a fair wage so they can take care of their families,” said Randick. “Without doubt, Whitmer is our strongest candidate for governor because she isn’t afraid to take on the tough fights for our workers, but she’ll work with anyone who wants to solve problems so that as we grow our economy, our families’ incomes grow with it. Michigan’s Iron Workers are proud to be standing with Whitmer in this movement to shake up the status quo in Lansing.”
As Senate Democratic Leader, Whitmer passed a minimum wage increase with a cost-of-living adjustment, fought for the rights of Michigan workers to collectively bargain, and brought people together to stand up to attacks on prevailing wage.
 
“A low unemployment rate means very little if you’ve got to work two jobs just to make ends meet, and too many families are not participating in our state’s economic recovery,” said Whitmer. “I’m honored to have this endorsement because it’s by bringing people together and building partnerships like this one that we can connect people to the skills they need to get into a high-wage job that they can be proud of. Together, we’re going to grow our economy and train our workforce so that every Michigander has a path to a good job and a secure future.” 

Iron Workers Local 25 represents 5,000 Michigan workers and retirees in bridge and structural steel, ornamental, rigging and reinforcing iron work, conveyor, fence, siding, glazing, decking, and pre-engineered metal buildings throughout Michigan’s lower peninsula.

Whitmer was the second candidate for governor in the entire country endorsed by EMILY’s List, and they are committed to leveraging their national fundraising network to ensure that Gretchen has whatever it takes to win this race. She is also supported by the Progressive Women’s Alliance and locally by MI List.

Whitmer is also endorsed by organizations representing more than 180,000 Michigan workers, including: the Michigan Construction and Building Trades Council; the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights; the Michigan State Utility Workers Council; the Michigan Pipe Trades Association; the Michigan Joint Council of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 876 and 951; Communications Workers of America District 4; and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 299. 

Whitmer is also being supported by former Michigan Governor James Blanchard, former Michigan Attorney General Frank J. Kelley, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Assistant Democratic Senate Leader Steve Bieda (Warren), Democratic Senate Floor Leader Morris Hood III (Detroit), Associate President Pro Tempore Hoon-Yung Hopgood (Taylor), Assistant Democratic Senate Caucus Chair Vincent Gregory (Lathrup Village), Senate Democratic Whip Curtis Hertel (East Lansing), Senator Rebekah Warren (Ann Arbor), Democratic House Leader Sam Singh (East Lansing), Democratic House Floor Leader Christine Greig (Farmington Hills), Assistant Democratic House Whip Erika Geiss (Taylor), Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (Detroit), Representative Leslie Love (Detroit), Representative Kevin Hertel (St. Clair Shores), Representative Patrick Green (Warren), Representative Pam Faris (Clio), Representative Tim Sneller (Burton), Representative Ronnie Peterson (Ypsilanti), Representative Jon Hoadley (Kalamazoo), Representative Tom Cochran (Mason), Representative Andy Schor (Lansing), Representative David LaGrand (Grand Rapids), and Representative Scott Dianda. 

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