Ironworkers Local 89 Union Sees Andrews as the Labor Candidate
A prominent organized labor union has officially thrown its weight behind Amara Andrews in the race for mayor. Ironworkers Local 89 – one of eighteen building trades that comprise the regional building trades council – has formally endorsed Andrews, adding to her growing coalition of support.
“We are thrilled to have earned the support of the Ironworkers union here in town,” Andrews said. “We know that labor unions not only built this city and countless others from the ground up, but they built the middle class too. This is why I will always be a strong ally and advocate for organized labor. ”
Ironworkers Local 89 represents over 360 members throughout 23 counties in northeastern Iowa, who work on bridges, structural steel, ornamental, architectural, and miscellaneous metals, rebar, and in technical shops. The parent body of the Ironworkers union represents over 120,000 members across North America.
“Our union has taken a good look at all of the candidates running for mayor of this city,” said Troy Sauter, Business Manager for the Ironworkers Local 89. “We can say without a doubt that Amara Andrews is the labor candidate in this race. We are proud to support her and we will do everything we can to help her win.”
Organized labor has played a prominent role in Iowa politics for decades, making sizable contributions to endorsed candidates, turning out their members to vote, and mobilizing them for well-coordinated canvassing efforts as well. With solidarity being the watchword of the organized labor movement, the Ironworkers’ early support of Andrews could signal more labor endorsements for the political newcomer in the coming weeks.
“We’ve maintained from the beginning that a win for Amara, is a win for everyone in our city,” said Sarah Halbrook, who serves as Amara Andrews’ campaign manager. “We are glad to have earned this important endorsement, as we know union support can be decisive in a competitive race.”