COLUMBUS, OH -- Today, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 66 issued the following statement announcing their support for Ted Strickland’s Ohio Families First proposal to help rebuild America’s infrastructure and create more good paying jobs for Ohioans through the creation of a national Infrastructure Bank.
Strickland recently highlighted his plan overlooking the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati which is currently ranked as the No. 1 infrastructure emergency in the United States. He first released his infrastructure proposal at an event outside the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway Bridge in Toledo.
“Ted Strickland’s Plan to Rebuild America represents exactly the kind of leadership we need to improve Ohio’s infrastructure, grow our economy and create thousands of good paying jobs for Ohio’s working families,” said Carlton Ingram of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66. “Even more importantly, it shows that Ted has the right priorities: while Senator Portman has been looking out for his rich and powerful friends, Ted will focus on issues like improving our roads and bridges that matter to the middle class and will help Ohioans who actually work for a living. Ted’s been a longtime friend to operating engineers, a dependable and consistent champion for Ohio’s working people, and we are proud to endorse his Infrastructure Bank proposal as well his campaign.”
The IUOE Local 66 represents 7,000 employees who work in the field for contractors, private businesses and municipalities in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
Strickland has earned the support of the following unions: The Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters; The United Auto Workers; The AFL-CIO; SEIU; The United Steelworkers; The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE); The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU); The Ohio State Council of Machinists; The Ohio Education Association; The Transport Workers Union, Ohio-Michigan State Conference; The Tri County Regional Labor Council; The Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6; The Communications Workers of America District 4; UFCW; Teamsters Local 20; The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 66; American Postal Workers Union; Utility Workers Union of America; Laborers’ International Union of North America; Amalgamated Transit Union; United Transportation Union; Sheet Metal Workers ; Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union; National Association of Postal Supervisors; International Longshoremen's Association; National Association of Letter Carriers; Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers; Transport Workers Union; Glass Molders, Pottery, Plastics, and Allied Workers International Union; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; International Longshore and Warehouse Union; UNITE HERE; International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees; International Association Heat Frost Insulation and Asbestos Workers; International Association of Ironworkers ; American Federation of Teachers; The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada (UA); International Longshoremen's Association; National Treasury Employees Union; Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters.