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Another Union Backs McAuliffe

Anita Kumar

Terry McAuliffe, who has spent decades in Washington working with national Democratic leaders and forging close ties to unions, received another in a series of labor endorsements today in his race for governor.

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO, was the latest to announce its support of McAuliffe, citing his approach to create and protect jobs.

"Like millions of other Americans, Boilermakers are nervous about the economy and about their future, and their children's future,'' Boilermakers International President Newton B. Jones said. "There is uncertainty and concern, but also hope. We believe our best days are ahead of us and Terry is the best answer to Virginia's need for a leader who can take on some very tough challenges and build a stronger economy."

In recent weeks, McAuliffe has been endorsed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest union in the AFL-CIO, and the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters.

The Boilermakers represent more than 2,500 workers across the state in the industries of power generation, refinery and paper industry construction, water towers and shipbuilding, among others.

"I am counting on Virginia's workers to be my number one partner in the governor's office,'' McAuliffe said. "Hardworking men and women like those from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers who build ships, repair our naval vessels, maintain our energy infrastructure, and make Virginia a safer place for all residents. They are an incredible asset to the Commonwealth, and I will be honored to work with them as governor."

By Anita Kumar  |  March 31, 2009; 6:05 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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