Local 46 endorses Adam Clayton Powell for Congress

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Adam Clayton Powell scored an endorsement for his congressional campaign from Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46.

By Stephon Johnson, New York Amsterdam News

Adam Clayton Powell scored an endorsement for his congressional campaign from Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46 Monday, Jan. 11. Powell, running for the 13th Congressional District seat, stood with President John Skinner and other union members on the steps of City Hall.

“We support Adam Clayton Powell for Congress because we know he will stand up against the crimes that have been perpetrated against workers in the residential and affordable housing construction industry, such as the rampant wage theft and fraud that creates an unleveled playing field for the responsible contractors and developers,” stated Skinner.

Powell, the son of legendary Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., served in the New York Assembly for a decade.

“I am humbled to receive the support of the great Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 46,” stated Powell. “I look forward to working with them as congressman to help ensure construction workers, who often work under challenging conditions but remain committed to doing the best job possible, receive the pay they deserve, as I will continue to advocate for the ethical practices within the industry.”

Members of the Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 46 specialize in steel reinforcing, lather and plastering and post-tensioning work, which they perform on bridges and building tops. Members also take on artful restoration projects.

Skinner championed Powell as a man who works for the working person.

“Adam is an independent thinker who will stand up to the machines that have damaged the middle class in our city,” said Skinner. “Not only will he stand up for the people who are being pushed out of the community due to the lack of affordable housing and women’s rights, but we believe he is a man of the people and will stand up and advocate for all of us.”