COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, ACT Ohio, the political arm of the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council (OSBCTC) – an AFL-CIO affiliated union representing more than 94,000 construction workers in Ohio – announced their decision to stay neutral in the Ohio Senate race despite endorsing Ted Strickland in previous races.
Over the past several months, Rob received endorsements from unions representing over 100,000 Ohio families, including the Ohio Teamsters, the Ohio FOP, the IUOE Local 18, and the United Mine Workers of America, who all previously supported Strickland.
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Dayton Daily News: "Union that used to back Strickland decides not to in Senate race"
In another setback to Senate Democratic candidate Ted Strickland, the Ohio State Building and Construction Trade Council decided Thursday not to endorse either Strickland or Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
The decision not to endorse a candidate is a victory for Portman because the council in the past has backed Strickland in other races. The 21-member council’s executive board discussed the race at its meeting in Columbus and finally opted not to back either candidate.
“We have endorsed Ted Strickland on a number of occasions,” said Dennis Duffey, secretary treasurer of the 94,000-member organization.
But Duffey said Portman “has been very helpful to us on a number of causes over the past three years. He understands our industry. Even though Ted has been a good friend for a long time,” the board chose “not to insult either one of them who have been very helpful to us.”