Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council Endorses Andy Dillon for Governor

Group representing nearly 100,000 Michigan workers cite Dillon's commitment to jobs

Mar 11, 2010, 11:27 ET from Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council

LANSING, Mich., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, representing nearly 100,000 workers across the state, announced today that they are throwing their support behind Andy Dillon for Michigan Governor. Dillon's commitment to protecting and creating good-paying jobs, as well as his record of getting things done, led the group to back him as quickly and strongly as possible.

"Andy has stood shoulder to shoulder with Michigan workers as we've fought to bring more jobs to this state and make sure new jobs go to the men and women who live right here," said Patrick Devlin, Secretary-Treasurer of the MBCTC. "He's a leader who has the right plan for a better economy and the ability to make it happen."

Dillon has been a strong advocate for economic projects that would add thousands of jobs in every area of the state. He pushed for a massive energy overhaul that could lead to new construction projects, as well as long-term savings for consumers with greater renewable energy capacity. He shepherded a "Hire Michigan First" plan through the legislature that would ensure government backed projects give Michigan workers first crack at new positions. And he has long defended attacks against the No Worker Left Behind program that provides assistance and training to help workers affected by the economic crisis find new jobs in growing fields. In Dillon's 5 years in office, he has a 90% voting record with the Michigan AFL-CIO.

"Andy Dillon is able to cut through the political gridlock that paralyzes Lansing and prevents job growth," said Patrick "Shorty" Gleason, President of the MBCTC. "As our next Governor, he won't let anything get in the way of getting workers back on the job where they belong."

Serving Michigan's highest-skilled construction workers since 1957, the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council helps protect the safety, working conditions and wages of Michigan's unionized construction workforce. It supports building trades unions by working with contractors, contractor associations, lawmakers and local and state government agencies to promote unionized construction.

SOURCE Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council