Vermont Business Magazine The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 (IBEW), the Vermont Building Trades Council, and the Plumbers and Pipefitters UA 693 today endorsed Mayor Miro Weinberger in support of his upcoming re-election effort on Town Meeting Day, March 6, 2018.
“IBEW has endorsed Mayor Weinberger in his past two elections, and we are proud to endorse him for a third term,” said Jeffrey Wimette, Business Manager for IBEW, which represents unionized public employees at the Burlington Electric Department. “Because Mayor Weinberger is a good listener and follows through on his commitments, the Burlington Electric Department employees are now working under a contract negotiated without going to arbitration for the first time in 15 years. That contract took on big challenges, including a successful reform of the City’s retirement system that strengthened it, and reduced the pressure on taxpayers.”
“We are supporting Mayor Weinberger for a third term for the same reasons we supported the bond for the City’s Capital Infrastructure Plan,” said Tim LaBombard, President of the Vermont Building Trades Council, which includes UA 693 and IBEW Local 300. “Investing in the City’s infrastructure is good for construction jobs and good for quality of life in Burlington. Mayor Weinberger is a hard-hat mayor who is getting stuff done, whether it be building new homes or investing in the City’s streets, sidewalks, and water mains. Mayor Weinberger is committed to giving the unions a seat at the table to ensure that we are creating good jobs for Vermonters with good wages and benefits.”
“I’m grateful to receive these endorsements from the IBEW Local 300, the Vermont Building Trades Council, and Plumbers and Pipefitters UA 693,” said Mayor Weinberger. “I am proud that we were able to bring a new approach to public employee negotiations that resulted in successfully negotiated contracts with IBEW and the City’s other unions that made progress on our health care and pension system challenges. I also welcome the support from Vermont Building Trades and Plumbers and Pipefitters, and I look forward to continuing our work together on projects that improve our quality of life and housing opportunities for Burlingtonians while also creating good job opportunities for our hard-working construction tradespeople.”
*Mayor Weinberger was also endorsed by the Burlington Police Officers Association on December 20, 2017.
Source: Weinberger. 1.11.2018