North Central States Council of Carpenters Endorses Tina Smith for U.S. Senate


July 1, 2020

Jennah Rivera
(562) 273-6927

ST. PAUL [07/01/20] — Today, Senator Tina Smith’s campaign announced the endorsement of the North Central States Council of Carpenters for her re-election to the U.S. Senate. Sen. Smith sits on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety.

“Workers in Minnesota know that by having Sen. Smith in the Senate, they have a voice fighting for themselves and middle class families in Washington,” said John Raines, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the North Central States Council of Carpenters. “Through her position on the HELP Committee, Sen. Smith has proven time and time again that she’ll stand up for pensions, jobs, and worker protections that support hardworking families.” 

When workers are able to join together and organize for better wages, safe working conditions and good benefits– they do better and we all do better,” said Sen. Smith. I’m proud to stand with the men and women of the North Central States Council of Carpenters, who are building our communities, and advocating for all working families.

North Central States Council of Carpenters–representing nearly 27,000 members from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin–is committed to elevating the economic and social well-being of workers. 

Since she came to the Senate, Sen. Smith has supported Minnesota unions and their right to organize.  She helped introduce legislation that would guarantee their ability to collectively bargain in states that have not yet affirmed that right. She has fought against wage theft and worked to strengthen enforcement of workplace safety rules and strengthen protections for workers who blow the whistle on unsafe conditions.  On federal building projects, Sen. Smith has been a strong advocate for prevailing wage rules to ensure unscrupulous competitors don’t undermine firms that provide fair wages, including those bargained with workers. Sen. Smith is dedicated to building a strong economy and supporting good jobs, and she recently urged the current administration to make workers a top priority in coronavirus relief legislation.

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