Ironworkers Local 37 Endorses Gina Riamondo for Governor
Monday, March 03, 2014
Providence-The Ironworkers Local 37 has endorsed state General Treasurer Gina Riamondo's bid for governor, her campaign has announced.
This marks the second endorsement by a Rhode Island trade union. The first came from the Plumbers and Pipefittes Local 51.
"Rhode Island's economy is a mess right now, and it is really hurting working families," said Roy Coulombe, business manager of Local 37, in a statement released by the Raimondo campaign.
"Our members have the skillls and the drive to contribute to Rhode Island's revitalization, but our state has been lacking a strategic plan to grow our economy in a way that benefits all Rhode Islanders," said Coulombe. "That's why we are so thrilled to be backing Gina for governor. She understands the importance of investing in our crumbling infrastructure, like our bridges and schools, to attract economic development to this state, and she has a proven track record of results."
Echoed Raimondo: "Investing in first-class infrastructure will help us attract the first-class jobs we need to spur economic development."
Raimondo's campaign manager, Eric Hyers, said she is proposing "a road and bridge funding formula that would address the individual needs of our municipalities in the context of a statewide plan to maintain our infrastructure."
He said she would also like the state to "create a dedicated funding stream to bring existing school buildings into the 21st century" and build new ones. The source of the money for theses construction endeavors is not yet fully clear.
It is still early in the campaign year, but Raimondo's labor support so far has come from the building trades unions. Labor endorsements for Providence Mayor Angel Traveras' bid for governor have come so far from the public-employee side: the Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters and the University of Rhode Island's chapter of the American Association of University Professors Political Action Committee.
Both Raimondo and Traveras are seeking the Democratic Party nod to run for governor.
Welcome to UA Local Union No. 51
Local 51 Plumbers, Pipefitters and Refrigeration Technicians are involved in just about every aspect of construction in Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands involving piping in commercial, industrial and residential projects.
When contractors and owners hire craftspeople who are members of Local 51, we make one promise: You are hiring the most highly skilled and best trained plumber, pipefitter or refrigeration expert in the business.
That's why we can say with confidence---Done Once. Done Right!
Throughout our great history, we've worked on many high profile projects in working to build Rhode Island and Massachusetts into the great states they are today. We're proud to have worked on projects such as the Providence Place Mall, AmGen, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and Providence College.
If you're building a new or upgrading your current industrial, commercial, or residential facility, build and service with the Plumbers and Pipefitters of Local 51 by utilizing one of our Signatory Contractors.
Our plumbers "Protect the Health of the Nation" and the highly skilled members of Local 51 are no different. We specialize in both commercial and residential work, and also in back-flow and dye testing.
We encourage you to peruse our website to learn more About Us. We want you to contact us and we can send a member of our team to evaluate your upcoming project, and what separates us from everyone else is our skill and training. Our apprentices go through a rigorous 5-year program on their way to becoming experience journeymen, but the training doesn't end there. We continue to provide upgrade training so that there is no project too complex or small that we cannot fulfill on-time and budget for you!