D.C. Mayor Gray's Labor Backing Grows

James Wright | 2/23/2014, 2:33 p.m.
Several District labor unions are pushing for the re-election of Mayor Vincent Gray, saying that he is best person to ...
Vincent C. Gray (D)

Several District labor unions are pushing for the re-election of Mayor Vincent Gray (D), saying that he is best person to lead the city for another four years.

The Laborers' International Union of North America Mid-Atlantic Region on Friday became the latest union to endorse Gray.

"Mayor Gray has demonstrated a strong commitment to working families by bringing good jobs to D.C. residents," Dennis L. Martire, LiUNA Vice President and Regional Manager, said. "Mayor Gray understands that the only way for D.C. to have a vibrant middle class is for business and labor to work together to bring good jobs and economic development to the District."

The union has more than 40,000 members who work in building construction, environmental remediation, heavy- and highway construction, as well as industrial manufacturing, service work and a variety of public sector jobs.

"We work closely with LiUNA to put our residents to work on jobs in the District," Gray said. "I am thankful for their efforts to put our people to work in good paying jobs."

Throughout his political career, Gray has relied upon the money and manpower provided by labor union endorsements, particularly when he defeated incumbent Kevin Chavous for the Ward 7 seat on the D.C. Council in 2004. Unions also played a crucial role in his 2006 election as chairman of the Council and as mayor in 2010.

Other unions including Service Employees Union International, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and UNITE HERE have also endorsed Gray's re-election bid.