JERSEY CITY – Today, the Hudson County Building and Construction Trades Council announced its endorsement of Rob Menendez’s campaign for Congress in New Jersey’s 8th District. The Council represents local unions in Hudson County covering carpenters, plumbers, pipefitters, including most skilled trades.
“Rob has made clear that when we are fighting for worker protections, for better wages, and for the right to organize, that he’ll be standing by our side,” said Pat Kelleher, President of the Hudson County Building and Construction Trades Council. “He is a friend not only to us, but to all working families throughout Hudson County and the 8th District. I know Rob’s values, and I know that he will stay true to those values in Washington. We are excited to help him get there and to turn out the vote in the last week of this pivotal race.”
“I am proud to have the endorsement of the Hudson County Building Trades,” said Rob Menendez. “Everyone in Hudson County knows that a project built with their members is a high-quality project, with safe conditions, and fair pay. Our campaign is about strengthening families, and families in our district benefit from the advocacy of unions like the Building Trades. When unions are strong, working families are stronger. I will always stand with organized labor in the fight for good wages, better working conditions, more apprenticeship programs, and the right to organize.”
The Hudson County Building Trades Council is at the forefront of public works projects in our region, with projects including the Gateway Program’s Portal Bridge North, the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex, Jersey City Medical Center’s expansion project, Pulaski Skyway rehabilitation, the Hudson County School of Technology-Bayonne.
The Council was founded in 1903 and has helped its 15 affiliated building trades unions to make job sites safer, deliver apprenticeship and journey-level training, organize new workers, support legislation that affects working families, and assist in securing improved wages, hours and working conditions through collective bargaining and project labor agreements.