For Immediate Release

February 10, 2004
Contact: Helen Corbett

Building & Construction Trades Dept. Unites Behind U.S. Senator John Kerry for President

Washington, DC--Building & Construction Trades Department President Edward C. Sullivan today announced the Building Trades' support for the presidential candidacy of U.S. Senator John Kerry. The Building Trades Governing Board of Presidents met this morning and voted with no objections to officially support Senator Kerry's candidacy.

President, Sullivan stated, "There were several solid candidates whom we respect and admire for their support of union issues. But, we believe it is clear that one candidate, U.S. Senator John Kerry, has emerged as the strongest and best equipped to secure both the Democratic nomination and the Presidency of the United States."

"Considering that the outcome of this election year is truly critical for the labor movement and for our nation, we believe it is time for the Building Trades to take unified action now and to work hard to make a significant difference to the November results," Sullivan concluded.

Sullivan informed Senator Kerry this morning that the Building and Construction Trades Department had voted support for his candidacy. Sullivan indicated that the General Presidents in supporting this action are eager to work together toward achieving positive change for American workers in November.

The Building & Construction Trades Department is an independent affiliated organization of the AFL-CIO representing over 3 million working men and women in 15 international unions.