Dubuque, IA – Today, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Dubuque endorsed Abby Finkenauer for Congress in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. The Council represents 16 local unions and serves over, 500 Iowa members in the Dubuque area while fighting for the interests of Iowa tradesmen and women for decades.
“From day one of her time representing Dubuque residents in the state Legislature, Abby Finkenauer has established a proven record of standing up for the interests of working families and we need her in Congress to continue her fight for all Iowan’s,” said P.J. Larrison, President of Dubuque Building and Construction Trades Council. “The Building and Construction Trades Council of Dubuque and our 500+ members know Abby is clearly the best choice for Iowa’s 1st District and we stand ready to mobilize to send her to Washington.”
The endorsement added to Finkenauer’s growing momentum, following last week’s backing from Plumbers and Pipefitters of East Central Iowa Local 125 and EMILY’s List.
“Growing up the daughter of a union pipefitter, I lived the difference that unions make in the lives of Iowa families. Organizations like the Building and Construction Trades Council fight hard to ensure Iowa workers have access to the opportunity that comes from a good job with fair wages and benefits, and I will always fight for them in Congress,” said Abby Finkenauer. “It’s time to make fostering the growth of good union jobs a priority in Washington, and I’ll put partisanship and political games aside to get results for Iowans.”
Finkenauer was born and raised in rural Dubuque County, where her grandfather was a lieutenant with the Dubuque fire department, her father a union pipefitter welder and her mother an employee with the Dubuque Community Schools. Finkenauer is part of the first generation in her family to graduate from college, earning her degree from Drake University. She has worked for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, where she helped invest in communities to help them grow, and was the state director for Make It Work, an organization dedicated to creating equal pay in the workplace. In 2014, she was elected to represent the city of Dubuque in the Iowa House, where she earned a reputation for standing up for working families and women. In addition to the endorsements of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Dubuque and the Plumbers and Pipefitters of East Central Iowa Local 125, Finkenauer has earned the endorsement of EMILY’s List.