August 4, 2022
Emily Pritzkow, Executive Director
Phone:  608.338.9964

Wisconsin Building Trades Council Endorses Tony Evers for Governor

Madison — Today, the Wisconsin Building Trades Council (WBTC), announced the endorsement of Governor Tony Evers in his bid for re-election. 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 men and women in the unionized building trades have no greater champion in their corner than Governor Evers,” said Jac Weitzel, WBTC Board President, “Time and time again, Governor Evers has demonstrated his unwavering dedication to a pro-worker agenda—ending tax breaks for companies who send jobs out of state, fixing thousands of miles of roads and bridges, combating worker misclassification and payroll fraud, and prioritizing investments in apprenticeships and job training programs.”

Since day one, Governor Evers has been a fierce proponent for working Wisconsinites and the middle class, signing a bipartisan income tax cut, creating an unprecedented projected surplus of $5.4 billion, and growing the state’s rainy day fund the largest in Wisconsin history. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Evers also prioritized keeping families safe by guaranteeing members of the building trades were essential workers. This decision allowed for work to continue on roads, bridges, hospitals, and other public infrastructure that was critical to the health and safety of Wisconsinites during the pandemic.

“Union tradespeople build the infrastructure that keeps our state vibrant and moving forward,” Weitzel concluded, “Governor Evers understands that the fight to protect and improve the lives working people means a bright future for us all.”  

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