FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2015
Contact: Jen Kaulius, Campaign Manager
Police, Electrical Workers Unions Endorse Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington – The Burlington Police Officers’ Association (BPOA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 300 both have endorsed Mayor Miro Weinberger in support of his upcoming reelection effort on Town Meeting Day, March 3, 2015.
“The Burlington Police Officers’ Association believes we have an effective leader in Mayor Weinberger guiding our City,” said David Clements, BPOA President. “The Mayor and his team have made themselves available to the BPOA like no other past Administration. The Mayor listens to our concerns and ideas, understands our challenges both internally and externally, keeps his word, and has worked to ensure that the Burlington Police Department can do the best job possible to keep our Officers and the City safe. We appreciate that the Mayor and City officials have worked with us in a collaborative way of bargaining that has proven effective in helping reach agreement on positive changes to existing operational procedures that otherwise may not have been possible.”
"IBEW Local 300 is glad to support Mayor Weinberger in his reelection bid,” said Jeffrey Wimette, Local 300 Business Manager and Financial Secretary. “The Mayor and his team are transparent and even-handed, have made a real effort to understand the work we do, and have been very helpful with our efforts at the Burlington Electric Department. The Mayor has worked hard for three years to push Burlington in the right direction, and we are making progress. Though we don’t always agree, Mayor Weinberger is an effective listener, honest, and fair. He has earned our endorsement, and we look forward to our continued work together.”
"I have been honored to work alongside the members of both the BPOA and the IBEW Local 300 the past three years and greatly appreciate their votes of confidence in the work our team has done,” said Mayor Weinberger. “These endorsements are particularly meaningful and indicative of a strong working relationship in that they come at a time when the City is pushing hard for meaningful reform of our seriously underfunded pension system. The officers of our 150-year-old Police Department put themselves on the line every day to protect and strengthen our community. The members of IBEW Local 300 are a large part of why BED is so beloved by Burlingtonians.”
The BPOA was established in 1969 and has a membership of approximately 70 rank and file officers of the Burlington Police Department. The BPOA “is committed to promoting the ethical practices, policies, and standards befitting the Law Enforcement profession.” To learn more about the BPOA, please visit its website.
IBEW Local 300
The IBEW Local 300 was chartered in 1939 and represents and supports approximately 1,100 working men and women in the electrical trade, utilities, municipalities, and other related industries. Approximately 100 of its members work at the Burlington Electric Department. Local 300 lists its mission in Vermont as follows: “Our mission is to serve, represent and guide members in their ability to secure a healthy work-life experience for their fellow members, their communities in which they live, and their families.” To learn more about Local 300, please visit its website.
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