Political Director’s Report – May 2023

Skilled and Trained Protections Critical to Keeping New Construction Union

By Antonio Sanchez, Political Director

The California Democratic Party will be convening its midyear convention in Los Angeles May 26 – May 28. Titled “Don’t Agonize, Organize!”, the convention will feature thousands of delegates who will vote on leadership roles and resolutions.

Local 11 will be represented by our Business Manager Joël Barton, Assistant Business Manager Robert Corona, Shomari Davis, Jackie Waltman, Luis Arida, Paco Arago, Tommy Zielomski, and me.

The State Building Trades will be presenting a resolution to support our efforts to bring the proven success of ‘Skilled and Trained’ labor protections to the residential construction industry to secure strong middle-class jobs and address the critical housing shortage in California.

Local 11 (and others) are supporting this resolution because we have a housing affordability crisis across California. As we build new housing to help alleviate the problem, that new housing must be built union! Including our Skilled and Trained language will achieve just that.

Endorsement Alert!

IBEW Local 11 has endorsed Marisa Alcaraz for Los Angeles City Council District 6 (CD6). Marisa is a proven labor ally who will side with labor as we build more housing, transition to clean energy, and tackle the homelessness crisis. The runoff election will take place June 27. CD6 lies in the heart of the San Fernando Valley and includes Arleta, Sun Valley, Lake Balboa, Van Nuys, North Hills, and Panorama City.

Please vote for Marisa Alcaraz on June 27.

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