Operating Engineers Local 234 Endorses Braley for Senate Print
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Written by Jeff Link   
Friday, 05 April 2013 14:03
IUOE is 10th union to stand behind Braley
DES MOINES, IA – The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 234 has endorsed Bruce Braley for US Senate, marking the 10th labor organization to officially stand behind Braley.
Braley announced in February that he had formed a committee to run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.
Scott Saylor, Business Manager for the Operating Engineers Local 234, said, “We’re excited to announce our endorsement of Bruce Braley for Senate today.  Bruce is a fighter for Iowa’s working families because he’s worked his whole life.  He understands the challenges that working Iowans are going through every day because he’s been there, and he works hard in Congress to get things done to rebuild the middle class.  He’ll do even more for Iowa in the Senate.”
Braley said, “Working summers on the Poweshiek County Roads Department during college, I learned a thing or two about the hard work of highway construction and what people like the Operating Engineers do every day.  That’s why I’m proud to have their endorsement.  I’m running for Senate to strengthen the middle class and create economic opportunity, and I’m thrilled to have these hard working Iowans in my corner.”
IUOE Local 234 represents heavy equipment operators – many involved in highway construction – as well as school, city, county, utilities, maintenance, building engineers, and manufacturing employees across the state of Iowa.  IUOE Local 234 has over 2,400 members in Iowa.
In recent weeks, momentum has continued to build behind Braley’s Senate campaign.  On Monday, Braley announced that he has raised $1 million for his Senate campaign since Harkin announced his retirement.  On Wednesday, 71 Iowa legislators announced their endorsement of Braley.  Last week, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald announced their endorsement.  In February, Rep. Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and former Rep. Leonard Boswell endorsed Braley for Senate.
And nine other labor organizations have endorsed Braley: the Iowa Teamsters, the State Association of Letter Carriers, the Iowa Postal Workers Union, the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 3 Iowa Union, UAW Region 4, SEIU Iowa - Local 199, AFSCME Iowa Council 61, the Iowa State Council of Machinists, and the Great Plains Laborers’ District Council.
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