The Toledo Northwest Ohio Building Trades would like to congratulate Mayor-Elect D. Michael Collins on his overwhelming victory over Mayor Mike Bell in this week’s crucial election.
Collins, a retired Toledo police officer and former president of the police patrolmen’s union, credited support from Toledo’s unions for his win during his victory speech Tuesday night. “There cannot be winners and losers. They have to be both winners,” he said, adding later, “you are my brothers and sisters in labor.”
Last month, Toledo Construction endorsed Toledo Councilman Collins, who has proven to be much more union-friendly than his predecessor. “He has in his mind, all the time, union people,” said John Schlagheck, Business Manager of Sheet Metal Workers Local 33, during a news conference on Oct. 8.
Mayor Bell’s anti-labor positions have included his support of forced concessions by city unions in 2010 and Senate Bill 5 in 2011, a bill that would have weakened public employee unions’ ability to bargain collectively.
“Those who attack the collective bargaining rights of police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, they’ll be rejected by the voters,” said Chris Redfern, state Democratic chairman, in a recent article in the Toledo Blade.
The Toledo Northwest Ohio Building Trades look forward to working closely with Mayor-Elect Collins to continue to build up our city and region in the future.