YORK – The Metal Trades Council at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has endorsed Mark Lawrence (D-South Berwick) for Congress in Maine’s First District. The Metal Trades Council, a coalition of 11 labor unions, represents approximately 2,700 Shipyard workers.
“Mark was with us when Donald Rumsfeld tried to strip our workplace rights,” said Paul O’Connor, President of the Metal Trades Council. “He understands the struggles of working men and women, and we know he will work to restore the dignity and respect that American families deserve.”
Mark Lawrence, the former State Senate President and current York County District Attorney, grew up in Kittery, where his father, Irving Lawrence, worked as a welder on the Shipyard.
“As the son of a Shipyard worker, I am deeply honored to receive this endorsement,” Lawrence said. “My parents put four children through college in part due to the work that the Metal Trades Council has done on behalf of Maine working families.”
In addition to organizing on behalf of Shipyard workers, the Metal Trades Council has also effectively advocated for candidates they endorse, the most recent example being Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-New Hampshire), who won partially due to the organizing work of the council.
The Metal Trades Council is headquartered at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, and includes the following local unions:
- International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers, Local 134
- Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 546
- Ironworkers Union, Local 745
- Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 788
- The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 836
- International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 877
- International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local 920
- Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 976
- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 1915
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2071
- United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 3073