DETROIT – Labor support for Mayor Mike Duggan’s re-election grows today with joint endorsements from the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) Detroit and Plumbers Local 98.  Plumbers Local 98, was the first union to make the Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) commitment. Its leadership, in partnership with MCA Detroit, has committed to tripling the number of Detroit residents in its local over the next 10 years and will build towards that by ensuring 25% Detroit resident enrollment in all of their incoming apprenticeship classes.

“Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) Detroit, and its Board of Directors is proud to announce their unanimous approval to endorse and support Mayor Mike Duggan’s reelection campaign,” said Laura Reyes Kopack JD, Director of Government Affairs & Community Relations, MCA Detroit. “MCA along with Plumbers Local 98 were the first to partner with the City of Detroit’s Skilled Trades Employment Program to increase the opportunities in our industry for apprentices and pre-apprentices.  We anticipate more opportunities for people that are interested in a parallel college career path that allows you to earn while you learn.  MCA and its contractors are pleased to see the rebirth of a city under Mayor Duggan’s leadership.  We are excited for the future of Detroit and the reelection of Mayor Duggan to continue to move the needle forward.”

“As the Business Manager for Local 98’s membership, we are excited to have a great partner and partnership with Mayor Mike Duggan and his team,” said Dan Nixon, business manager of Plumbers Local 98. “The success of the City of Detroit and the reelection of Mayor Duggan guarantees continued momentum, leadership and opportunities for its residents and Local 98.  We are pleased with the enthusiasm created in Detroit by Mayor Duggan’s effort in keeping his campaign promises and getting Detroit back on the map.  We fully endorse and support the reelection of Mayor Duggan.”

“I want to thank the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) Detroit and Plumbers Local 98 for their combined support.  Recently, we stood together to announce the Skilled Trades Joint Apprentice Training program that will lead to lifelong careers for many in our city,” said Mayor Duggan. “I look forward to continuing the work with men and women in our labor organizations to build Detroit’s future for Detroiters.”

Unions representing thousands of Detroit working families are endorsing Mayor Duggan. The MCA Detroit and Plumbers Local 98 join the growing list that includes the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO, the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, Detroit’s top public safety unions, which represent Detroit police and firefighters, and UNITE HERE! Local 24 which represents thousands of hospitality workers across Detroit. Mayor Duggan has also been endorsed by the Wayne County Democratic Black Caucusmore than 100 Detroit faith leaders and by the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party.

For more information about Mayor Duggan’s campaign, visit www.DugganForDetroit.com and the Duggan For Detroit Facebook page.

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