FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Omaha, Neb. -- The Carpenters Union representing Locals 427 and 1306 and Millwrights Union Local 1463 have announced they are endorsing Tony Vargas for Legislature in District 7, the neighborhoods of downtown and South Omaha.
“We decided to endorse Tony Vargas because we believe he is the best candidate to represent District 7. As an Omaha Public Schools Board Member, Tony has worked to give local contractors and businesses a fair shot in the bidding process on projects,” said Matt Scott, President of Carpenters’ Local 427.
“We’ve seen Tony fight for teachers as an Omaha Public Schools Board Member, and we’re confident he’ll do the same for all workers in the legislature.His commitment to collective bargaining, fair wages, equal pay, and expanding skills training programs are important for workers, businesses, and our local economy,” said Carpenters Union Local 1306 President Juan Alvarado.
“It is a true honor to have the support of the Carpenters and their over 1,000 members and their families in Nebraska, many of whom live right in my district. I’m glad to have their support and ready to fight for them, and all hard working Nebraskans, down in Lincoln,” said Vargas.
North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters represents members in Omaha, Lincoln and across the State. The Carpenters have in the last year opened a premier state of the art Training Center in the Omaha area that serves carpenters throughout the region. Training, safety and jobs have been a primary focus for the Union in recent years. They continue outreach into local communities like District 7 to provide career opportunities to men and women interested in a career in construction.
Vargas also recently received the endorsement of the Nebraska Farmers Union, which represents 4,000 hard working family farmers and ranchers across the state, Bold Nebraska, Anne Boyle, John Ewing, Crystal Rhoades, and Marian Fey, Marque Snow, and Justin Wayne, all colleagues on the Omaha Public Schools Board.
Tony Vargas is a first generation American and the son of Peruvian immigrants who worked in manufacturing -- his father is a machinist member and shop steward of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and his mother worked on a factory line. Vargas was among the first generation in his family to graduate from college, and went on to become a public school teacher. Since then Vargas has worked on national education policy initiatives that better prepare teachers and raise educational standards, better preparing American students for success in an ever-changing and global economy.