While public sector unions, their demands on taxpayers and Illinois' state budget continues to be at the center of controversy, the Biggert campaign sent out a press release Wednesday afternoon announcing the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 endorsed Congresswoman Judy Biggert and encourages their members to support Biggert over Democrat challenger Bill Foster.
“I’m honored to have the support of the Operating Engineers Local 150,” said Congresswoman Biggert. “Whether building our roads, improving our railways, or working on our gas pipelines, these highly-skilled workers help to maintain the safety of our transportation infrastructure and make great contributions to our local economy. I will continue to work with the Operating Engineers to create an environment for job growth and greater opportunities for middle-class families.”
James M. Sweeney, IUOE Local 150 President-Business Manager, pointed out that Ms. Biggert's endorsement is unique among Republicans who, as a general rule, have been working to open workers' choices concerning union membership rather than advocate more labor union power among American workers.
“The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 is proud to endorse Congresswoman Judy Biggert in the upcoming General Election,” said James M. Sweeney, IUOE Local 150 President-Business Manager. “Her leadership in the face of a sweeping anti-worker movement within the national Republican Party has helped preserve the middle class.
"Her support of the Davis-Bacon Act and other laws that enable workers to raise families and contribute to the economy is a testament to her willingness to make tough political decisions to protect working men and women in the 11th District and across the State of Illinois.”
At a recent panel discussion, a union rep from IUOE Local 150 made clear the union's position to stop non-union contractors in Illinois. "I'd rather go after the non-union contractors," the rep said.