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October 18, 2017

Jackson Skilled Trades, Construction Workers Endorse Dobies for Mayor

Support Dobies’ plan for skilled trades job training, road repairs

JACKSON – Today Derek Dobies received endorsements in his campaign for Mayor from labor organizations representing Jackson skilled trades and construction workers. The Southeast Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, Michigan Laborers, Michigan Carpenters, Plumbers & Pipefitters, and Operating Engineers are supporting Dobies, who has pledged to make skilled trades job training and road repair top priorities for the City of Jackson.

“I’m running because Jackson needs a Mayor who understands the value of hard work and the role that working people can play in stimulating our economy and fixing our roads,” said Dobies. “As Mayor, I’ll invest in skilled trades job training and apprenticeship programs so we can develop a highly-skilled and talented workforce that can compete for good-paying jobs right here in Jackson. And I’ll roll up my sleeves on day one and start working to fix Jackson’s crumbling roads and infrastructure.”

Dobies released a detailed plan for repairing Jackson roads in July, which can be viewed at www.FixJacksonRoads.org. Dobies has called for developing a stable revenue source that doesn’t require families to shoulder the cost alone. He has pledged to hire well-trained Michigan construction workers with strong, enforceable warranties that protect taxpayers and ensure our roads get fixed right the first time.

“Derek just gets it,” said Judd Van Coppenolle, a Plumbers & Pipefitters member who works in Jackson. “He knows we need to invest in skilled trades training programs because they help working people like me get the skills we need to start a career in the construction trades. And Derek knows investing in road construction will put more people like me to work so we can provide for our families.”

“It’s pretty simple, our guys like Derek because he comes from a working family, and he’s always been in our corner,” said Brian Brannick of the Southeast Michigan Building Trades Council. “I don’t think Bill Jors has ever swung a hammer in his life, and he sure hasn’t done enough to fix the roads here in Jackson. Derek’s the right man for the job because he has a real plan to fix the roads and he’ll always have the backs of working people like me and my family.”

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