Steelworkers Endorse Mike Michaud in 2014 Maine Governor's Race

Oct 23, 2013, 16:40 ET from United Steelworkers (USW)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) today proudly endorsed Mike Michaud in his bid to unseat Maine's Gov. Paul LePage in Nov. 2014.


USW International President Leo W. Gerard said that Michaud, a former Steelworker at the Great Northern Paper Mill in East Millinocket, has fought for social and economic fairness throughout his political career in both the Maine legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

"Whether in Augusta or Washington, D.C., Maine can count on Mike Michaud to support workers' freedom to organize and bargain collectively for fair wages, benefits and safe working conditions," Gerard said. "Most importantly, Mike Michaud will prioritize creating family supporting, community sustaining jobs."

USW District 4 Director John Shinn said Michaud will promote investment in infrastructure to restore Maine's manufacturing advantages while competing for the jobs of tomorrow.

"His comprehensive approach to workforce training and a renewed investment in alternative energy solutions promise to make Maine a smarter, cleaner and more affordable place to do business," Shinn said. "He stands on the side of workers to protect and promote American jobs, spur innovation and ensure that Maine gets the investment it needs to grow and prosper."

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)