Nashville Building & Construction Trades Council and its 17 Affiliate Unions Endorse Yarbro

March 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NASHVILLE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTIONS TRADES COUNCIL AND ITS 17 AFFILIATED UNIONS ENDORSE JEFF YARBRO FOR STATE SENATE

Nashville, TN – Today the Nashville Building and Construction Trades Council and all its affiliates announced its full endorsement of Jeff Yarbro for Tennessee State Senate District 21.

“We are proud to support Jeff because he understands that our members go to work when our state economy is growing,” said Anthony Nicholson, President of the Nashville Building and Construction Trades Council. “Working construction means waking up before dawn, putting on your boots, and joining your crew to make things work.  That’s what Jeff is about.”

The Nashville Building and Construction Trades Council made its unanimous endorsement by a vote of its 17 local union affiliates, whose thousands of members have been growing with an uptick in large-scale construction in Middle Tennessee.  These members will ask their families and communities to volunteer and vote for Jeff Yarbro in the Democratic Primary on August 7th.

Affiliates of the Nashville Building and Construction Trades Council include:

Boilermakers Local 455

Bricklayers Local 5

Carpenters and Joiners Local 223

Cement Masons Local 909

Elevator Constructors Local 93

Heat and Frost Insulators Local 86

IBEW Local 429

Ironworkers Local 492

Laborers Local 386

Millwright Local 1554

Operator Engineers Local 369

Painters and Glazers Local 492

Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 572

Roofers Local 176

Sheetmetal Workers Local 177

Sprinkler Fitters Local 669

Teamsters Local 327                                                                   

 

In the last four years in the State Senate, we have seen attacks on prevailing wages, local government, and organizing rights without resistance from many State Senators.As a candidate in 2010, Jeff Yarbro earned the primary endorsement of the Nashville Building Trades, the AFL-CIO, and the affiliate unions of each.  After a hard fought campaign that included organized labor’s grassroots volunteer support, the campaign came up 17 votes short. The Nashville Building Trades recognizes the importance of this election to ensure that we see new direction in the legislature.

“This election will make a big difference in the direction of our state and our voice in the State Senate,” said Billy Borchert, Business Manager of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 572. “Jeff gets things done and brings people together; that’s what we need to build a local economy that works for working people.”