Biden for President

January 22, 2020

International Association of Bridge, Structural, and Ornamental Iron Workers Endorses Joe Biden

Today, the International Association of Bridge, Structural, and Ornamental Iron Workers announced it is backing Joe Biden for President of the United States, citing Biden’s record pushing infrastructure legislation through Congress, longtime support of workers’ rights, and vision to rebuild the middle as president. 

The endorsement adds to Biden’s support from the labor community, joining the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), SEIU National Association of Government Employees (NAGE), United Food and Commercial Workers 1776 in Pennsylvania, Scranton Federation of Teachers, and three local International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) unions in California. 

The Iron Workers issued the following press release earlier today announcing their support:

Iron Workers pick Vice President Biden to champion workers’ rights
On Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers endorsed Joe Biden for president. The endorsement was based on key issues that matter to the union members and reflects their values.

Biden is the only presidential candidate who has passed an infrastructure bill in Congress and administered an infrastructure stimulus in the White House. He took the lead on releasing the first infrastructure plan among Democratic candidates, offering the best value for the building trades. The Iron Workers believe that a Biden administration would invest heavily in transportation infrastructure and manufacturing across the country.

“Vice President Biden has proven again and again that he is a friend to union ironworkers,” said the Iron Workers General President Eric Dean. “We need a president who will defend rights and jobs of American workers, and Joe Biden will be that president.”

Joe Biden will push legislation to repeal right-to-work laws across the country. He will defend time-tested Registered Apprenticeship Programs, stand up to special interests, and work to save the hard-earned benefits that union members deserve. The Trump administration’s continued threats to impose Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs on the construction industry makes this move particularly urgent.

"Joe Biden is running for president to rebuild the middle class, and to him that means protecting and growing unions and collective bargaining,” said Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz. “We are proud to have the support of the Iron Workers because unions and the workers who make up their membership, built America and the middle class. Together, we'll restore the dignity of work."

Joe Biden is the best presidential candidate who listened to the unions on how to protect jobs and workers’ rights. As president, he will ensure the building trades are an integral part of the nation’s future.