The Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the Framingham-Newton Building Trades Council, Roofers & Waterproofers Union Local No. 33, Iron Workers Local 7, and Carpenters Local Union 26, announced their endorsement of John Stefanini for Framingham’s first full-time mayor.
“As a son of a union stone mason and a union nurse, I am honored to be endorsed by the working families of these organized labor unions,” said Stefanini. “Good wages, wage equality for women and men, and fair and just employment opportunities for all of our residents will make Framingham stronger. We will partner with our workforce to improve the quality of life of our community.”
“As a former Framingham Selectman, former State Representative and in his private sector career John has worked extremely closely with organized labor and we are proud of not only his pro-labor voting record but the long standing relationships he has built with labor, in particular his work on a statewide and local basis with the building and construction trades,” said Joseph P. Carlson, President of the Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO.
“We feel secure in the knowledge that in the future your priorities will continue to be a strong advocate for Labor,” said Paul Bickford of the Roofers & Waterproofers Union Local No. 33.
“We believe that you understand our views and have always been a strong voice for the working families for today and that your efforts, which includes standing on picket lines with workers trying to protect themselves, will protect working families of tomorrow,” said Walter Belmonte of Iron Workers Local 7. “We need more legislators like you that are willing to do the hard work required, such as bringing people together to have challenging conversations that may never happen without your support.”
In their endorsement, the Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO highlighted John’s work as a member of the Framingham Board of Selectmen.
“As a Selectman John worked to ensure implementation of project labor agreements on local construction projects, and worked regularly with the local trades unions in MetroWest to build bridges between developers and the trades. He maintained strong relationships with other local unions as well.”