Labor Federation endorses Lorinser for City Commission

MARQUETTE, Mich. — After candidate screening with the Marquette-Alger Community Labor Council a motion was made recommending the endorsement of Andrew Lorinser by the UP Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. This motion was in turn passed unanimously by the Committee on Political Education, securing Lorinser’s endorsement.

“It is my hope that our endorsement will play a role in securing victory come August and November,” says UPRLF Field Coordinator, Alex Gustafson. “Working families need allies in city government and we believe strongly that as a friend of labor, Andrew will be one.”

Beyond several hundred personal endorsements, Lorinser did not seek out many organizational endorsements for his primary candidacy in the 2019 race for Marquette City Commission. One organization important to him was the Upper Peninsula Regional Labor Federation (UPRLF).

The UPRLF aims to improve the lives of working families – to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our region. It is an organization of U.P. labor unions representing AFL-CIO affiliates with over 10,000 union members.  Affiliates include AFGE, AFSCME, AFT, APWU, BAC, CWA, IAFF, IAMAW, IBEW, IBT, IRON, IUOE, IUPAT, LIUNA, UBC, MNA, SMWIA, TEAMSTERS. UA, UAW, UBC, and USW.

The organization is one of nearly 500 state and local labor councils of the AFL-CIO and are the heart of the labor movement. UPRFL are democratically elected bodies dedicated to represent the interests of working people at the state and local level.

UPRLF mobilizes members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.

“These are values I share, which I hope to translate to policies and representation on City Commission,” says Lorinser. “From the beginning of my campaign I’ve set forth initiatives to celebrate and advocate for cohesive balance between city-development and respect for the rights of the hard working groups that build it, those who care for its people, and the environment upon which it’s sustained. UPRFL and I share this goal.”

“I want to advocate for the rights of workers, and make it easier for local business and city developers to employ an eager and skilled labor force.”

A major policy Lorinser hopes to bring forth to City Commission is the implementation of Community Benefits Agreements, or a Community Benefits Ordinance for all major development projects.

“We need to ensure projects are benefiting the community, employing a local labor force, and are built in more agreeable locations,” says Lorinser. “We don’t have a CBA right now, so the needs of residents are not being met. If so honored to be elected, I’ll get CBAs to a vote.”

“I want to extend my gratitude to the organization for their endorsement and reiterate my commitment to issues that affect working families who build and sustain our wonderful micropolis. With me, workers have an ally.”

From UPRLF Executive Board

  • Rich Helgren
  • Lucas Bradshaw
  • Andy Schwartz
  • Tony Alessandrini
  • Tony Ghiringhelli
  • Brandon Stromberg
  • Tony Rossi

Dear Candidate Lorinser,

I am pleased to inform you that the U.P. Regional Labor Federation, AFL-
 CIO has endorsed your candidacy for Marquette City Commission.

This endorsement acknowledges your interests in the issues which affect workers, your dedication to the values embodied by the labor movement, and your commitment to addressing the needs of all the hard-working men and women in our community…  Best wishes, and good luck on the campaign trail!

Michael Thibault