Press Release: Roofers & Waterproofers Local 33 And Teamsters Local 122 Endorse Grossman For Governor

For Immediate Release
Jon Ostrowsky (617-957-0163), Chandra Allard (617-842-3306)
March 14, 2014


Cite Grossman’s Track Record Of Fighting For Massachusetts Workers And His Advocacy For A Higher Minimum Wage And Earned Sick Time

BOSTON, MA — The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 33 and Teamsters Local 122 endorsed State Treasurer Steve Grossman today in his campaign for governor, citing his strong track record of fighting on behalf of Massachusetts workers and advocating for employers to pay decent wages and offer earned sick time.

“It is important to us that our next governor is committed to defending and fighting for the interests and well-being of the middle class and communities throughout the Commonwealth,” said Paul Bickford, Business Manager of the Roofers & Waterproofers Local 33. “Steve has always had our workers’ backs, he has continuously advocated for fair pay, and he has worked to preserve and create jobs in Massachusetts.”

“As a small businessman and as state treasurer, Steve understands the issues facing Massachusetts workers and has spent his career fighting for them,” said John Murphy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 122. “Other candidates may claim to support organized labor and working people but only Steve Grossman has a record of negotiating fair and balanced union contracts that provide good wages with great benefits.”

“I am very thankful to have the support of Paul and John, and their leadership, as well as the members they represent. They share my vision of a Commonwealth that leaves no one behind,” said Grossman. “Together, we will continue to stand up for working families by creating good-paying jobs and providing all our citizens with equal opportunity.”

Roofers Local 33 is the local chapter of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers. Based in Stoughton, it serves parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Teamsters Local 122 is part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and includes workers in Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk County.

Steve Grossman took office as state treasurer in 2011 after a long career as a small businessman, philanthropist, and progressive political activist. He is running for governor because he believes the people of Massachusetts want proven leadership that leaves no one and no region behind.