August 10, 2022
Contact: Emily Pritzkow, Executive Director
Phone: 608.338.9964

Wisconsin Building Trades Council Announces Additional Fall 2022 Endorsements

Madison — Today, the Wisconsin Building Trades Council (WBTC), announced additional endorsements for the upcoming November 8th, 2022 general election:

  • Mandela Barnes, US Senate
  • Sara Rodriguez, Lieutenant Governor
  • Doug La Follette, Secretary of State

The WBTC’s 17 member crafts represent more than 40,000 voices of working men and women, covering every unionized building and construction trade in the state.

“The Wisconsin Building Trades Council endorses these candidates with confidence that they understand the priorities of union members, and will tackle the issues important to all workers to help to strengthen the middle class,” said Jac Weitzel, WBTC Board President, “These candidates have committed to pro-worker agenda, and we know they will work with us to create jobs through long-term infrastructure investments, expanding skilled training and apprenticeship, and supporting strong labor standards. We’re proud to recommend them to our more than 40,000 members.”

These endorsements followed the WBTC’s announcement on August 5th that it had endorsed Governor Tony Evers in his bid for re-election.

About WBTC

The Wisconsin Building Trades Council was founded in 2018 to carry on its member unions’ proud traditions, many of which have been working for workers’ rights for over 130 years. Today, WBTC supports and furthers the efforts of 17 different craft member organizations in the building trades, with over 40,000 members overall. All are working together to:

  • Ensure and increase the number of Wisconsin jobs that support Wisconsin communities
  • Increase investment in building, energy, water, and transportation infrastructure
  • Ensure fair and prevailing wages and workplace safety protections for all workers on all Wisconsin construction projects
  • Develop Wisconsin’s current and future workforce through high-quality, accessible union apprenticeship programs and continuing education opportunities
  • Support initiatives that improve diversity and inclusion in the construction industry
  • Support and advocate for responsible bidder ordinances and other actions or efforts that protect fair wages, workers, and surrounding communities

Member Unions

  • Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers District Council of Wisconsin
  • International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
  • International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers Local 18
  • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers Union 107
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 200
  • International Union of Elevator Constructors
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 7
  • Ironworkers District Council of North Central States
  • North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ Local 599 and 633
  • Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council
  • The Wisconsin Pipe Trades Association
  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, & Allied Workers