For Immediate Release:
August 8, 2017
Liz Watson, Candidate in IN-09, Announces Labor Union Endorsements
Longtime champion for working people wins support from labor unions and
Former United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones
Today Liz Watson, candidate for Congress in IN-09, announced the following endorsements:
- The International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers and Local 4 IN/KY
- Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, International Brotherhood of Teamsters/Rail Conference
- IBEW Local 16 and IBEW Local 725
- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 91
- Communications Workers of America and District 4
- United Food and Commercial Workers Local 4
- International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)
“Liz Watson is the person that we need to get behind. We’ve got a very good candidate, and I couldn’t be more pleased in supporting Liz for her candidacy,” said Chuck Jones speaking at Liz’s campaign launch event on Sunday, August 6th in Bloomington, Indiana. “She is going to be the voice of the people and my interest is the working class people. And I'm not just talking about labor unions. I’m talking about people who work for a living who get left out.” Mr. Jones continued, “That’s what Liz has been working for for a number of years so it’s not going to be a challenge for her to keep that message up.”
“What makes this country great isn’t its CEOs, or its banks, or its off-shore tax havens. What makes this country great are the working people who make this country run,” Liz Watson said. “It is an honor to receive these labor union endorsements. Union members earn a third higher wages than their non-union counterparts and are more likely to have benefits. Union apprenticeship programs are a proven pathway to a good-paying job. That’s why I’ve fought to stop the attacks on unions by strengthening protections for working people who want the freedom to come together to negotiate for their fair share.”
“Growing up in Indiana, Liz learned the Hoosier values of hard work and fair play. Liz has devoted her career to fighting to make life better for working class people,” said BAC Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky President Ted Champ.
Paul Green, Business Representative for IBEW Local 16 stated, “In light of your history of fighting for working families, IBEW Local 16 is proud to endorse you as our candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the Indiana 9th Congressional District.”
“Your previous work as an advocate for labor issues in the U.S. House of Representatives reinforces our confidence that you will represent Indiana’s 9th District well,” said Brian Farkas, Chairman of the Indiana State Legislative Board of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.
Watch the video here.