DeForest, WI –Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes was endorsed by the Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council in his campaign for United States Senate.


“As the son of a public school teacher and an autoworker, Mandela Barnes knows firsthand the important role that organized labor has played for Wisconsin’s working families,” said John Schmitt, President/Business Manager of the Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council.  “Unlike Ron Johnson, Mandela Barnes isn’t afraid to say the word ‘union,’ and we know as our next Senator, Mandela Barnes will fight to create jobs that build Wisconsin’s infrastructure with family-supporting wages and benefits.”


“The stakes of this election are so great, and the choice is clear that Mandela Barnes will be a Senator who will fight for workers’ rights, investments in infrastructure, and support our democratic institutions.  This is a stark contrast to Ron Johnson’s never-ending spew of conspiracy theories and support for overthrowing a free and fair election,” concluded Schmitt.


“Having grown up in a union family, I’ve lived the benefits of family-sustaining union wages that opened doors of opportunity for me,” said Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, candidate for U.S. Senate.  “As we fight to bring those opportunities back to Wisconsin for every person regardless of their ZIP code, I’m so grateful to have the Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council by my side.  I’ve always been proud to stand in solidarity with workers and unions, and I look forward to continuing to do so.”

The Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council is an affiliation of five Laborer local unions, representing nearly 9,000 construction craft laborers throughout Wisconsin.  The Laborers are the most diverse trade in the construction industry servicing employers in transportation infrastructure, building, sewer and water, utility distribution, demolition, asbestos removal, and related sectors.

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