Maui Election

Roz Baker Garners Endorsements from Construction Industry Groups

July 24, 2018, 9:52 AM HST
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Roz Baker. Photo Courtesy Craig Gima AARP Hawai‘i

Roz Baker has received the unanimous endorsement for re-election to the State Senate, 6th District (South and West Maui), from construction trades labor unions – Hawaiʻi Regional Council of Carpenters, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186, Operating Engineers Local 3 – as well as the General Contractors Association of Hawaiʻi.

“Roz Baker demonstrates an unwavering support of issues that are important to our membership, their families, and the construction industry as a whole,” said Brooke Wilson, Political & Education Director for the Hawaiʻi Regional Council of Carpenters. “We look forward to a productive relationship with her in the years ahead as we work together to build a better Hawaiʻi.”

Hawaiʻi Regional Council of Carpenters is the state’s largest construction trade union with 7,000 members.

Damien Kim, IBEW Business Manager said, “We are confident that Senator Baker’s support for labor and the concerns of working families in Hawaiʻi will guide her in her continuing service on the Senate.”

The IBEW Local 1186 represents a membership of 4,000, consisting of electricians, telecommunications, Charter Communication/Spectrum employees (both blue- and white-collar workers), and civilian positions on the military bases.

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Last month, Baker received the endorsement of the General Contractors Association of Hawaiʻi. The GCA is the largest construction association in the state comprised of over 500 general contractors, subcontractors, and construction related firms. According to GCA, “Roz understands the broader issues challenging our state and the issues specific to the construction industry.”

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Most recently, Baker was endorsed by Operating Engineers Local 3, the largest construction trades local in the US, representing over 35,000 members across our four-state jurisdiction of California, Hawaiʻi, Nevada and Utah.

As Chair of the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health Committee, Baker championed and helped pass legislation to improve access to quality healthcare, support 100% renewable energy goals, and keep the economy strong. She continues to work on issues such as affordable rental housing; highway improvements including the Lahaina Bypass; funding for the new high school in Kīhei and coral reef protection.

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