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New London-Norwich Building Trades Council endorses Bumgardner

Groton — The New London-Norwich Building Trades Council, which represents thousands of unionized construction workers in southeastern Connecticut, has endorsed Aundré Bumgardner, the Democratic nominee for mayor in the May 3 election in the City of Groton, according to a news release.

"Aundré has consistently shown a commitment to our construction families by fighting for good wages and benefits on all infrastructure development in Groton," Keith Brothers, president of the Building Trades Council, said in a statement. "He understands the importance to the local economy of using local talent when putting taxpayer funds to work. Aundré is a natural leader who our members are proud to support."

The release said that as a Groton Town Councilor and a former state representative for the 41st District, Bumgardner "fought for unionized workers on several fronts, including supporting prevailing wage protections and backing a project-labor agreement for construction of schools in Groton."

"As someone who comes from a working-class union family, I am humbled to be endorsed by the thousands of hard-working men and women represented by the Trades Council," Bumgardner said in a statement. "The recent creation of new jobs at Electric Boat and its associated supply-chain manufacturers presents extraordinary opportunities for our region, and I will continue to work every day to ensure local unionized workers are prioritized in that expansion."

The release cites that Bumgardner was recently endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers - Connecticut and CT Carpenters Local 326. AFSCME Locals 007 and 818, representing lineworkers and supervisors at Groton Utilities, endorsed Bumgardner during his primary campaign.

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