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Iron Workers Union Endorses Biden for President

January 25, 2020

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

WASHINGTON—The International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers endorsed Joe Biden for president Jan. 22. The union praised the former Vice President for his work administering the Obama administration’s infrastructure stimulus, and said his current infrastructure plan offers “the best value for the building trades.” “Vice President Biden has proven again and again that he is a friend to union ironworkers,” General President Eric Dean said in a statement. “We need a president who will defend the rights and jobs of American workers, and Joe Biden will be that president.” The 130,000-member union is the first national building-trades union to make an endorsement in the 2020 Presidential race. It also called Biden “the best presidential candidate who listened to the unions on how to protect jobs and workers’ rights,” saying he would push legislation to repeal so-called “right to work” laws that ban the union shop and would defend union apprenticeship programs against the Trump administration’s “continued threats to impose Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs on the construction industry.” Read more

January 25, 2020

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