The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) has announced that it is endorsing Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-Youngstown), who is running for governor of Ohio in 2018.
The UWUA is the first national labor union to make an endorsement in the race for Ohio governor, a key contest in a closely watched battleground state.
“Joe Schiavoni is a fighter for everyday people, and that’s what we need in Ohio,” said UWUA president Michael Langford. “It’s already a crowded field for 2018, and members of our union have worked with several of the candidates running for governor. But Joe stands above the rest when it comes to vision and experience on lunch-bucket economic issues, modernizing our infrastructure, and preparing for a balanced energy future that will create jobs and grow the Ohio economy.”
“Senator Schiavoni recognizes that Ohio needs a diverse energy portfolio, including both existing and new technologies. He has demonstrated to us his understanding of the role the traditional energy sector has played in building Ohio’s middle-class,” said Langford. “He knows it’s crucially important that working families continue to have a secure future in the state’s evolving energy landscape.”
Schiavoni, a former Golden Gloves boxer, is a lifetime Ohio resident who spent his career as an attorney representing injured workers. First elected to the Ohio State Senate in 2010, Schiavoni was chosen by his colleagues to serve as minority leader in 2014. As a legislator, he has been a strong and effective advocate for the right to collective bargaining, accountability for publicly funded charter schools and modernization of Ohio’s infrastructure.
“All his life, Joe Schiavoni has been a friend of labor who shares the values of working families,” said Kelly Cooper, an Ohio-based Senior National Representative for the UWUA and life-long Adams County resident. “He has consistently gone above and beyond on behalf of working people here in the state of Ohio.”
The Utility Workers Union of America, with thousands of members in Ohio, represents workers at public and private utility providers all across the state, including First Energy, Dayton Power and Light, Columbia Gas, Aqua Ohio, American Electric Power, and many others.
Nationally, the UWUA has over 50,000 members working in the electric, gas, water, and nuclear industries across the United States. The union is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.