Adam E. Duininck
Legislative & Political Director
Int'l Union of Operating Engineers Local 49
(612) 877-3736 (D)
(612) 788-1936 (F)
Operating Engineers Endorse Jose Velez for Ward 1 Minneapolis City Council Seat
Minneapolis – St Paul, Minnesota (February 24, 2009) The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 is proud to announce our endorsement of Jose Velez for Ward 1 Minneapolis City Council.
Our endorsement committee, comprised of both members and staff, voted unanimously to endorse Mr. Velez. Ultimately, the committee was swayed by Mr. Velez's deep-rooted passion and personal experience in the fight to advance the cause of working-class families.
Mr. Velez has personally experienced the issues facing working people in his community. He led the fight to organize his staff union in Chicago to change his deteriorating working conditions and was later elected president of that union.
He grew up in a union household, and he intimately understands the benefits to a family that a stable, well-paying job can provide. Mr. Velez's working-class background is just the kind of voice that we need now more than ever.
“Jose really demonstrated enthusiasm and a commitment to working people when he screened with us,” said Local 49 Political Director Adam Duininck. “He really connected with our members, and Jose left an impression that he is passionate, experienced, and running to fight for us.”
ABOUT LOCAL 49
Local 49 represents more than 13,000 Operating Engineers in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. This includes employees who work for the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board that repair our streets and bridges, plow our roads, and perform the duties required to maintain a good and safe city.