For Immediate Release                                                                                                Contact:  Kelly Hart

September 25, 2019                                                                                                              973-464-1043

Assemblyman Hal Wirths announced his endorsement from Operating Engineers Local 825 for his candidacy in the 24th Legislative District that includes all of Sussex County, 11 towns in Warren County and Mt. Olive in Morris County.

“I am honored to be endorsed by the hard-working men and women of the Operating Engineers,” Wirths said. “When I was the Labor Commissioner, we worked together to advance Helmets to Hardhats construction job training programs for returning veterans as well as fixing the state’s Unemployment Insurance fund.”

Local 825 remains committed to infrastructure investment and labor advocacy, promoting projects that will create jobs and improve New Jersey’s economy while building the roads and energy and water infrastructure systems that form the backbone of our region.

“We’re excited to support candidates who back organized labor and recognize the importance of infrastructure investment in a challenging an all-or-nothing political environment,” said Greg Lalevee, Business Manager of Operating Engineers Local 825. “We took a hard look at the records, public statements and candidates’ positions on the issues critical to operating engineers: infrastructure investment, expansion of clean natural gas infrastructure and the role it plays as we diversify our energy mix, and protecting our ability to put members to work. Our endorsements for 2019 are a reflection of where candidate’s positions are in relation to our important issues.”

In his first term in the Assembly, as a member of the Labor Committee, Telecommunications and Utilities Committee, and the Appropriations Committee, Wirths has been at the forefront of supporting a pro-growth agenda as well advancing legislation to protect construction workers from unscrupulous contractors who seek to defraud both their employees and taxpayers on public works projects.”

“I am proud to work with Local 825 and all of the Building Trades on promoting apprenticeship programs as well as the legislation I have introduced to debar contractors who are already debarred on federal projects and use E-Verify on public works projects to insure that taxpayer-funded construction jobs are going to those legally able to work in the United States.”

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