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September 20, 2023
PITTSBURGH – Calling him “a true friend of labor,” Pittsburgh-based Local 154 of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers today endorsed Joe Rockey for Allegheny County Executive.
The union’s workforce includes more than 2,000 members, 1,600 journeymen, 150 apprentices and 200 trainees. The union joins the Laborers International Union, and a quartet of law enforcement unions in endorsing Rockey.
“I grew up in a union household and I know the vital role organized labor plays in the lives and economic fortunes of every citizen of Allegheny County,” Rockey said. “Working men and women need someone who will stand strong for the good-paying jobs that support working families and set a wage standard that lifts every working person.”
Local 154 Business Manager, Michael Stanton stated, “Joe has proven to be a true friend of labor, and we are happy to support his campaign. It is without a doubt that Joe will serve Allegheny County with great character and compassion; and the Boilermakers wish him the best of luck.”
Throughout the campaign, Rockey has supported economic development projects vital to blue-collar labor, including the energy industry as well as a proposed Hydrogen Hub designed to produce clean-burning hydrogen energy. The project enjoys the endorsement of leading Democrats, including President Joe Biden, Gov. Josh Shapiro and outgoing County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
“Allegheny County was built by the men and women of the Boilermakers and other trades unions,” Rockey said. “I am proud to stand with them in my efforts to create a jobs renaissance in Allegheny County.” Organized in 1880, the Boilermakers are one of the nation’s oldest unions, with more than 200 locals across North America.
Organized in 1880, the Boilermakers are one of the nation’s oldest unions, with more than 200 locals across North America.