COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, the Portman for Senate Campaign announced a fourth union endorsement for Rob Portman with the addition of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 18 - representing over 15,000 workers across Ohio. In another "political blow" to Ted Strickland, this marks the third labor union in the past ten days to throw their support behind Rob, and to make matters worse for Ted, IUOE Local 18 endorsed his campaign for governor in 2006.
Last week, the Ohio Conference of Teamsters - which represents over 50,000 members from across Ohio - and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of Ohio - the state's largest law enforcement union representing more than 25,000 - endorsed Rob. In June, the United Mine Workers of America also threw their support behind Rob. This latest endorsement from IUOE Local 18 means that labor unions representing over 100,000 Ohio workers have analyzed the records of the two candidates in this race and concluded that Rob is the only candidate they can trust to fight for Ohio workers and families. The momentum is certainly behind the Portman Campaign as Republicans, Independents, and even Democrats are rallying in support of Rob.
"On behalf of over 15,000 Ohio workers, we are proud to endorse Rob Portman and look forward to working with him to improve Ohio’s infrastructure and keep our state moving forward. Rob has proven time and again that he will do what it takes to protect Ohio families and fight for middle-class jobs and increased wages. No doubt, he is the leader Ohio needs in the U.S. Senate,” said IUOE Local 18 Business Manager Richard Dalton.
“I’ve seen firsthand IUOE Local 18 workers training at facilities across Ohio and working to improve Ohio’s infrastructure. I’m honored to have their support and look forward to continuing to work with them in order to protect Ohio jobs and increase wages,” said Rob Portman.
Portman has been a leader on permitting reform, and his legislation with Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) called the FAST Act was signed into law at the end of 2015. This law is designed to streamline and improve the federal permitting process, which is currently laden with uncertainty and unpredictability that hinders investment, economic growth, and job creation.
Portman is the author of legislation with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act that has now passed the U.S. Senate. Rob’s legislation will create 190,000 new jobs by 2030.
Portman has worked with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on a plan to inject billions of new dollars into the federal highway fund to create good paying jobs and update our crumbling infrastructure. This plan would tax foreign profits of American companies and use this money to invest in our infrastructure here at home.
Portman also is a proponent of increasing oil and natural gas production in an environmentally friendly manner. As a member of the Senate Energy Committee, Rob has been an outspoken supporter of LNG Exports and projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Portman strongly supports repealing the so-called 'Cadillac Tax' that would levy a new 40 percent tax on the healthcare premiums paid by Operating Engineers.