Bureau Of National Affairs
Thursday, January 6, 2000
Following a survey of its members, the general executive board of the Laborers' International Union of North America Jan. 5 endorsed Al Gore for president.
"We went to great lengths to survey the members of our union on this important election," LIUNA President Terence M. O'Sullivan said. "The results show that Laborers overwhelmingly support the candidacy of Al Gore for president of the United States." O'Sullivan commended Gore for his strong record of support for issues important to workers and their families.
In announcing its decision, the GEB praised Gore for his "critical role" in promoting project labor agreements, job site health and safety, and "responsible government contractors." LIUNA also cited Gore's 88 percent voting record as a senator in favor of union-backed issues.
O'Sullivan said that for the next several months, the union will educate its members about Gore's record of supporting issues important to workers and their families and "mobilize our voting strength to win this election for Al Gore."
Praising LIUNA 's "rich and proud history of fighting for the rights and dignity of working people everywhere," Gore said he was honored by the endorsement.
The Laborers join virtually all other AFL-CIO unions in endorsing Gore for president. The only unions that have not made an official endorsement, a federation official said Jan. 5, are the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Painters and Allied Trades, United Auto Workers, and the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical Employees. No AFL-CIO unions have endorsed the candidacy of former Sen. Bill Bradley, she said.