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2014 AFL-CIO Candidate Endorsements

2014 Metropolitan Baltimore Council  County  Recommendations/Endorsements

Anne Arundel County:
County Executive: George Johnson (D)

Anne Arundel County Council
District #1:   Peter Smith (D)
District #2:  Andy Werner (D)
District #3:  No Endorsement
District #4:  Andrew Pruski (D)
District #5:  Patrick Armstrong (D)
District #6:  Chris Trumbauer* (D)
District #7:  Anne Colt Leitess (D)

Judge of Orphans Court:  No Recommendations
Clerk of Circuit Court:  No Endorsement
Register of Wills:  Jacqueline Allsup (D)
State’s Attorney:  No Endorsement
Sheriff:  Ronald Bateman* (D)

Baltimore County: 
County Executive:  No Endorsement

County Council
District #1:  Tom Quirk* (D)
District #2:  Vicki Almond * (D)
District #3:  Laurie Taylor-Mitchell (D)
District #4:  Julian Earl Jones (D)
District #5:  David Marks* (R)
District #6:  Cathy Bevin (D)
District #7:  Joseph A. DiCara (D)

Clerk of the Circuit Court:  Julie Ensor* (D)
State’s Attorney:  Scott Shellenberger* (D)
Register of Wills:  Grace Connelly* (D)
Sheriff:  R. Jay Fisher* (D)
Judges of Orphans Court:  Peter V. Gargan (R)

Baltimore City:
Clerk of the Circuit Court:  Frank Conaway* (D)
Register of Wills:  Belinda Conaway (D)
State’s Attorney:  Marilyn J. Mosby (D)
Sheriff:  John W. Anderson* (D)
Judges of Orphans Court:  No Endorsement

Carroll County:

County Commissioners
District #1:  Stephen Albert Wantz (R)
District #2:  No Endorsement 
District #3:  Dennis Frazier (R)
District #4:  No Endorsement
District #5:  No Endorsement 

Clerk of Circuit Court:  No Endorsement
Register of Wills:  No Endorsement
State’s Attorney:  No Endorsement 
Sheriff:  No Endorsement 
Judge of Orphans Court:  Charles E. Harrison* (D)  -  Neil Ridgely (D)

Cecil County:

District #2:  John Ulrich (D)
District #3:  No Endorsement
District #4:  Wayne Tome (D) 

State’s Attorney:  No Endorsements
Clerk of the Circuit Court:  No Endorsement
Register of Wills:  No Endorsement
Judge of the Orphans Court:  No Endorsement
Sheriff:  No Endorsement

Harford County:
County Executive:  No Endorsement 
Council President:  James “Jim” D. Thornton (D)

County Council
District #A:  Dion F. Guthrie* (D)
District #B:  No Endorsement
District #C:  No Endorsement
District #D:  No Endorsement
District #E:  Barbara Osborn Kreamer (D)
District #F:  Joseph C. Smith (D)

Clerk of the Circuit Court:  No Endorsement
Register of Wills:  No Endorsement
State’s Attorney:  Joseph Cassilly* (R)
Sheriff:  Jesse Bane* (D) 

Howard County:
County Executive:  Courtney Watson (D)

County Council
District #1:  John Weinstein (D)
District #2:  Calvin Ball* (D)
District #3:  Jen Terrasa* (D)
District #4:  Mary Kay Sigaty* (D)
District #5:  No Endorsement 

State’s Attorney:  Dario Joseph Broccolino* (D) 
Judge of Orphan Court:  Anne L. Dodd* (D)  -  Leslie Smith Turner* (D)

Clerk of the Circuit Court:  No Endorsement
Register of Wills:  Byron Macfarlane (D)
Sheriff:  James F. Fitzgerald* (D)

2014 Metropolitan Baltimore Council Senate/House of Delegates Endorsements/Recommendations

State Senate:
District #5:  Anita Riley (D)
District #6:  John Olszewski (D)
District #7:  No Endorsement
District #8:  Katherine Klausmeier* (D)
District #9:  Ryan Frederic (D)
District #10:  Delores Kelly (D)
District #12:  Edward J. Kasemeyer* (D)
District #13:  Guy J. Guzzone (D)
District #31:  No Endorsement
District #32:  James Ed DeGrange* (D)
District #33:  No Endorsement
District #34:  Mary Delaney James (D)
District #35:  No Endorsement
District #40:  Catherine Pugh* (D)
District #41:  Lisa Gladden* (D)
District #42:  *Jim Brochin (D) Received Questionnaire
District #43:  Joan Carter Conway* (D)
District #44:  Shirley Nathan Pullam (D)
District #45:  Nathaniel McFadden* (D)
District #46:  Bill Ferguson* (D)

House of Delegates
District #5:  No Endorsement
District #6:  Mike Weir, Jr.* (D)  -  Jake Mohorovic (D)  -  *Nicholas D’Adamo (D)
District #7:  No Endorsement
District #8:  Bill Paulshock (D)  -  Eric Bromwell* (D)  -  Renee Smith (D)
District #9A:  James Ward Morrow (D)
District #9B:  Tom Coale (D)
District #10:   Adrienne Jones * (D)  -  Benjamin Brooks (D)  -  Jay Jalisi (D)
District #11:   Shelly Hettleman (D)  -  Dan Morhaim* (D)  -  Dana M. Stein* (D)
District #12:   Terri L. Hill (D)  -  Eric Ebersole (D)  -  Clarence Lam (D)
District #13:   Vanessa Atterbeary (D)  -  Shane Pendergrass* (D)  -  Frank S. Turner* (D)
District 30A:  Michael Busch* (D)  -  Chuck Ferrar (D)
District 30B:  Mitchelle Stephenson (D)
District 31A:  Ned Carey (D)
District 31B:  No Endorsement
District #32:   Mark Chang (D)  -  Pamela Beidle* (D)  -  Theodore J. Sophocleus* (D)
District #33:   Henry Green (D) 
District #34A: Marla Posey-Moss (D)  -  Mary Anne Lisanti (D)
District #34B: Cassandra R. Beverly (D)
District #35A: David D. Rudolph (D)
District #35B: No Endorsement
District #40:  Frank Conaway, Jr.* (D)  -  Barbara Robinson# (D)  -  Antonio Hayes (D)
District #41:   Nathaniel Oaks* (D)  -  Jill Carter* (D)  -  Samuel “Sandy” Rosenberg* (D)
District #42A: Stephen Laferty* (D)
District #42B: Robert Leonard (D)
District #43:    Curtis Anderson* (D)  -  Maggie McIntosh* (D)  -  Mary Washington* (D)
District #44A:  Keith E. Haynes* (D)
District #44B: Charles E. Sydnor, III (D)
District #45:  Cheryl Glenn* (D)  -  Cory McCray (D)  -  Talmadge Branch* (D)
District #46:  Brooke Elizabeth Lierman (D)  -  Peter Hammen* (D)  -  Luke Clippinger* (D)

Non-Union Labor
While the Ironworkers Union is made up of its members, we need constant outreach to workers in non-union companies. We cannot succeed as a union without a growing membership, and outreach to non-union workers--who know firsthand how brutal life is when you're not a member--is vital to our continued existence.

The Organizing Department is deeply involved in outreach to non-union workers. Frequently, the Organizing Department joins with non-union workers to protest poor working conditions at non-union companies. We will occasionally announce actions around the country in solidarity with non-union workers, and we will call upon our members in those localities to participate. We also need our members to participate in Construction Organizing Membership Education Training, or COMET, classes, where workers learn about the importance of organizing.

Davis Bacon/Prevailing Wage
1.Since 1931, federal public works projects operate under a level-playing field with the Davis-Bacon Act that allows local contractors to be able to compete for work with low-wage, out-of-state contractors who are required to pay competitive prevailing wage rates. Many states also have their own “little” versions of the law, going back over a century and likewise apply the law on public bridges, schools, government buildings, etc. Contractors are then able to compete on other measures of efficiencies, rather than on the backs of labor.

The Davis-Bacon Act (named after two Republicans and signed by a Republican President) serves to keep money in the local community as opposed to rewarding out-of-town contractors with rock-bottom wages and benefits. Without it, local projects would be awarded to those who could always under-cut local contractors. Their workers (with negotiated pensions, health and welfare, and bona fide apprenticeship programs, etc.) spend money locally, pay taxes, buy homes and send their kids to the local schools, etc.

The genius of the prevailing wage is this has resulted in mostly broad local support for fair, middle-class jobs and explains the across-the-board appeal of rewarding responsible contractors for quality construction. The U.S. Department of Labor issues wage determinations, which are often tied to local union collective-bargaining rates, that is, when the local union’s rate is said to prevail in wage surveys. In addition, compliance requirements like weekly certified payroll records ensure greater transparency for the owner or the public agency. This makes sure the workforce is not being exploited at the expense of the taxpayer and fair contractors, allowing us to track compliance with the contract’s required payment of prevailing wages.

2.Unlike some commercial and private construction projects, Ironworkers and their contractors are able to bid and secure local federal work and not be at a disadvantage for paying a good middle-class wage rate. Moveover, it stops the race to the bottom for wages and benefits, as even non-union workers can earn the prevailing wage rate. Unfortunately, non-compliance on the payment of the rate can be very common, so vigilance is required to make sure the Department of Labor is tracking such issues.

3.We support the prevailing wage at the state and federal levels and call for a restoration of the more level-playing field that once existed in all areas of the country under Davis-Bacon. This means calling for better wage surveys, better participation by our locals and contractors as well as filing wage complaints when we become aware of non-union contractors failing to pay the rate. There is also movement in some states to expand the principle of Davis-Bacon to publically-assisted projects, Tax Incentive Financing (“Tif’s); public-private partnerships and other projects that entail a public interests. We are active with our locals, contractors, fair contracting organizations and other allies to make full use of this important concept.

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