One of Colorado’s oldest, largest labor unions is first to announce support
DENVER – The IBEW Colorado State Conference of Electrical Workers today is announcing its endorsement of Jared Polis for the 2018 Colorado Governor’s race. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is one of Colorado’s oldest and largest labor union organizations and the first union to formally endorse Polis’ campaign. IBEW currently represents approximately 7,000 licensed electricians, residential wiremen and utility workers in Colorado. IBEW will be supporting Polis in the June Democratic Primary and November General Election.
“Jared Polis has held a strong record of supporting workers rights, energy independence, infrastructure investment and apprenticeship training in Congress and we are excited to support his campaign to lead our state into the future,” said IBEW Colorado State Conference of Electrical Workers President Jim Mantele. “Jared is committed to listening to working families and making sure that they have a strong voice in his future administration. IBEW supports Jared’s plans for our state and we will be mobilizing our members to help his campaign succeed,” said Mantele.
Polis has been campaigning around the state to promote his bold agenda including critical initiatives that support working families with proposals to fully fund all-day preschool and kindergarten, prioritizing transportation and other infrastructure needs, achieving 100% renewable energy in Colorado by 2040, and creating an economy that works for all Coloradans. Polis believes that IBEW members bring important perspectives to the discussion Colorado needs to have on energy and infrastructure.
“I am deeply honored to have the support of IBEW in this campaign,” said Polis. “IBEW brings deep expertise to our cause on energy policy, infrastructure investment and workforce development through their excellent apprenticeship training programs. Organized labor is an important part of making economic growth work for everyone and I’m honored to be the candidate for governor of Colorado who working families proudly support. Our campaign welcomes IBEW to our team.