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Press Release: Local 49ers Endorse Pete Stauber

“Pete has been a champion for projects that will provide good-paying union construction jobs… We look forward to helping return him to office in November”

HERMANTOWN – Joined by union brothers and sisters, Pete Stauber was endorsed today by the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 49. Stauber and the Local 49ers announced the endorsement this afternoon at Lake Superior Warehousing Company in Duluth.

“Fighting for our way of life in Congress means fighting for Minnesota workers, standing with the hardworking Local 49ers – the state’s largest construction unions with 14,000 heavy equipment operators – and helping unleash our economic engine and igniting this blue-collar boom,” said Stauber, who as an Area Commander with the Duluth Police Department served as Law Enforcement Labor Services Union, Local 363. “I will continue fighting for Minnesota workers in Congress and it’s an honor to be endorsed by the Local 49ers.”

In just 14 months in Congress, Stauber has continually been fighting for Minnesota workers and good-paying jobs by:

  • Preserving the pensions for 1.3 million Americans by advocating and voting for the Butch-Lewis Act.
  • Fighting tirelessly for high-wage, union mining jobs by opposing Betty McCollum’s economically reckless anti-mining bill.
  • Working side by side with Local 49, testifying with Jason George to convey to Congress their stark opposition to the anti-mining bill.
  • Advocating for the Line 3 replacement project that would put thousands of Minnesotans to work and generate an economic boom to the region.
  • Championing the “American Workers for Security Act,” which requires American steel be used for security walls on our southern border.
  • Leading in Congress with the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act, Pete’s very first bill in Congress, which promotes the PolyMet project that would lead to thousands of union jobs and a blue-collar boom.

“Pete has been a champion for projects that will provide good-paying union construction jobs. Line 3 replacement, Iron ore mining, logging, PolyMet, Twin Metals, and transportation infrastructure funding are his priorities, and they are our priorities too,” said Jason George, Local 49 Business Manager. “These are the jobs that we need in this state, and there has been no one that has fought harder to bring them to the 8th District than Congressman Stauber. Local 49 is proud to be a union that works to build relationships on both sides of the political aisle. Job creation and the support of Davis-Bacon prevailing wage, and opposition to Right to Work policies, are our priorities. Congressman Stauber supports us on these items and has taken the votes to prove it. We look forward to helping return him to office in November.”

Stauber, in his first term in Congress, is attempting to become the first Republican to win re-election in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District since William Pittenger did it in the 1940s.

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Pete Stauber is in his first term representing the 8th Congressional District in Congress. Pete served 23 years in law enforcement and retired as an Area Commander in the Duluth Police Department. A small business owner and former professional hockey player in the Detroit Red Wings organization, Pete and his wife, Jodi, live with their four children in Hermantown. Jodi is an Iraq war veteran, who retired from the 148th Fighter Wing as the first female Command Chief in the history of the unit.