At-Large Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman announced Thursday multiple endorsements by local organized labor unions ahead of the September 10 Preliminary Election.
Councilor Lederman has been endorsed for re-election by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1459, Carpenters Union Local 336, Ironworkers Union Local 7, Service Employees International Union Local 1199, and the International Brotherhood of Patrol Officers Local 364.
“I am grateful to the men and women of our local labor unions for their continued support,” said City Councilor Jesse Lederman “When I was elected to the City Council I pledged to stand shoulder to shoulder with workers across our city to stand up for workers rights, and I am proud of the work we have accomplished to do that.”
Lederman pointed to specific legislation the City Council has taken up in the last term, including the revamped Responsible Employer Ordinance to ensure contractors on public construction projects follow fair labor laws, classify workers appropriately, and hire local residents, the establishment of a compliance office to enforce the REO, and legislation sponsored by Councilor Lederman to expand REO policies to projects that receive tax incentives from the city as examples of work he has done in the last 20 months to support local workers.
“In the case of legislation to protect workers rights, it was Jesse Lederman’s voice that made the difference between good language and great language,” said Charlie Payne, Business Manager for Carpenters Union Local 336, “We are proud to support Councilor Lederman’s re-election because he fights for working families every day.”
“When we are in need of support, Councilor Lederman is always among the first to answer the call,” said Matt Szulborski, Political Director for UFCW 1459 “His commitment to supporting the people of Springfield is unwavering.”
“Jesse has shown a willingness to work with anyone if it’s in the best interest of the city,” said Joe Gentile, President of IBPO Local 364, “That is why we are endorsing him to return and keep working for the employees and citizens of Springfield.”