Major Construction Union Endorses Perez For DNC Chair

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) announced today that it is supporting former Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, for Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

“Tom Perez believes in American workers and that in the future of the Democratic Party will once again be the champion of the middle class,” said UA General President Mark McManus in announcing the endorsement. “As Secretary of Labor, he fought hard to protect the rights of workers to join unions and collectively bargain, to enforce the nation’s wage and hour laws – including prevailing wage protections for construction workers – and to ensure safe working conditions. Tom understands the problems that working men and women face each and every day, which is why he has worked so hard to level the playing field, provide greater access to education and skills training, and crack down on employers who cheat workers out of wages. These are top priorities for the UA and for the entire country. I’m confident that Tom will provide the leadership to reach and empower working class Americans as Chair of the DNC.”

“During his Senate confirmation hearing, Tom told the committee that his top priority, if confirmed, would be ‘jobs, jobs jobs.’ He believes that this should be the priority for the DNC as well,” McManus added. “Tom has proven to be a champion of working people and I believe he understands that reaching workers will be critical in the months and years ahead. I can’t think of a better person to stand for the cause of ordinary middle class Americans than my friend, Tom Perez. At a time when our politics seems to lean so heavily towards corporations and the very wealthy, we need working class champions like Tom. We are proud to offer him our support."

“The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry has spent decades providing opportunities for thousands of workers, and today, I’m proud to have their support,” said Tom Perez. “Our party is a party of inclusion and economic opportunity and we must communicate that message to voters. I have spent my career turning around organizations and fighting for what’s right. Now, I want to take that fight to the DNC so we can protect workers and ensure they have fair wages and safe working environments. I’m glad to have UA as a partner in this fight and look forward to working with them and the rest of organized labor as we lift up the voices of American workers.”

The United Association was founded in 1889 and is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation & servicing of piping system, including over 340,000 members belonging to more than 275 local unions in the United States & Canada.