Endorsement for Benedict from Major Trades Union Builds Broad-Based Support Ahead of June Primary.
IBEW, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, “represents approximately 775,000 active members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because it is among the largest and has members in so many skilled occupations,” according to the union’s website.
In announcing his endorsement, IBEW Local 2104 President Lou Fazzolari said Benedict’s “longstanding record of supporting organized labor and your social and economic achievements in the community is an example of the tenets that IBEW supports.”
Benedict, who is the law clerk for County Judge Sara Sheldon, was himself a UAW member in college, when he worked at a GM plant in Central New York.
“With your vision and continued hard work and dedication, [the IBEW] is proud to stand with you,” Fazzolari said. “IBEW Local 2104 will be honored to be able to endorse you for the office of Niagara County Judge.”
“Coming from a blue-collar background, watching my dad work in GM factories, and then working in them myself, I learned to respect the people who do the hard work of building things with their hands,” Benedict said. “These are people doing tough jobs, and they deserve to know I understand who they are, because I’ve been there alongside them.”
Benedict has been endorsed by multiple political parties heading into the June 23 primary, along with several local government leaders. The IBEW’s endorsement adds organized labor to Benedict’s backers.