Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur has landed a huge endorsement: the New Jersey State Building & Construction Trades Council.
“We have endorsed Rep. MacArthur since his first election when he told us he would stand firm on building trades issues, said Bill Mullen, the union president. “Representative Tom MacArthur has stayed true to his word, he has been an unfailing public servant and an advocate for the men and women of the building trades in New Jersey and in Washington, DC.”
The endorsement brings MacArthur support from one of the state’s most politically influential labor groups, representing more than 125 local unions and over 150,000 rank and file members in New Jersey.
“MacArthur has gained the confidence and respect of the leadership and his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. He has earned our support and loyalty.”
Mullen points to MacArthur’s advocacy of prevailing wage mandates and opposition to efforts to undermine the Davis-Bacon Act.
“He is a strong supporter of project labor agreements. Rep. MacArthur has been accessible and responsive to all fifteen of our affiliated International Unions,” Mullen said. “He is for growth, a strong ally of ours on infrastructure and the effort to further New Jersey’s economic recovery and increase union construction jobs for our members.”
For MacArthur, the endorsement means votes, money and boots on the ground as he campaigns for re-election to a third term against former Obama White House aide Andy Kim.
“The endorsement of the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council means the world to me, especially in today’s hyper-partisan times. I have the utmost respect for the hardworking men and women of the building trades, and their support for me is truly humbling,” said MacArthur. “I will continue to fight for local jobs, economic opportunity and fair wages for New Jersey’s workers. I am honored to stand with the building trades and proud that they are standing with me.”
The New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council coordinates activity and provides resources to fifteen affiliated trades unions in the construction industry. It represents thirteen Local Building Trades Councils, including the Boilermakers, Bricklayers, Carpenters, Electricians, Elevator Constructors, Painters, Insulators, Iron Workers, Laborers, Operating Engineers, Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons, Pipe Trades, Roofers, Sheet Metal Workers and Teamsters.