Elorza, the Democratic mayoral nominee, has picked up two building trades union endorsements – Ironworkers Local 37 and the International Painters and Allied Trades District Council 11.
``Jorge understands the challenges working families face and he has a plan to create good-paying blue collar jobs in Providence,’’ said Scott Duhamel, business representative of UPAT District 11. ``Jorge will act with a sense of urgency to take Providence in a new direction that benefits every resident in every neighborhood. We look forward to helping him win on November 4.’’
The Ironworkers union leadership cited Elorza’a plan to invest in school building infrastructure and to heighten development opportunities on the land made available by the relocation of Route 195 in the Jewelry District and along the downtown waterfront.
``It’s an honor to have the backing of the men and women of both Ironworkers Local 37 and the UPAT District Council 11,’’ said Elorza in a statement. ``We must invest in upgrading our schools, making the most of development opportunities and turning Providence’s port into a regional hub for imports and exports.’’
Former mayor Buddy Cianci, running as an independent, has been endorsed by the public employee unions in the city, including the unions representing police, teachers, firefighters and city hall workers.