Burlington, VT – Today, Lt. Governor Molly Gray, a Democratic Candidate for Congress, announced the endorsement of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART).
SMART represents 203,000 sheet metal workers, service technicians, bus operators, engineers, conductors, sign workers, welders, production employees and other professions. SMART is the largest railroad operating union in North America and is an AFL-CIO affiliate.
“We are proud to support Lt. Governor Molly Gray – she has a real plan to deliver for Vermont’s working families.” said Michael LaFleur, a member of SMART Local 63. “She understands the power of unions to build thriving communities – in Congress, she will be a reliable ally.”
“Vermont’s Congressional delegation has long been a friend to organized labor,” said Steve Dodd, SMART’s Director of Governmental Affairs. “Given her experience on Capitol Hill and in statewide elected office, Lt. Governor Gray will have no problem taking the baton from Sen. Leahy and Rep. Welch. Our union believes in a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay, we fight for safety and dignity at work, and we rely on investments in transportation, infrastructure, and indoor air quality. On all of the above, we know Molly can deliver.”
“Vermont has a big job ahead of us,” said Gray. “This summer, Amtrak service will return to Burlington – thanks to federal dollars at work. This recent rail expansion is just the beginning. To modernize our infrastructure, build safer schools, tackle climate change, and make housing and transportation accessible in every community, we simply have to put our workers first. As your Congresswoman, I’ll keep up this work. I’ll be a strong partner to Vermont’s unions and a champion for federal investment in a 21st-century workforce in Washington. I’m proud to receive SMART’s endorsement.”
This is the campaign’s second major union endorsement. The North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (NASRCC), representing over 28,000 carpenters, pile drivers, floorcoverers, and shop and millmen working across Vermont and New England, endorsed in April. Gray has also received the support of leading national organizations The Next 50, Foriegn Policy for America, and the American Association for Justice.
On May 5, Gray unveiled her Federal Workforce Agenda, her plan to address Vermont’s workforce crisis. The Agenda calls for passage of the PRO Act, a proposed federal measure which would protect and expand workers’ right to organize.
Gray announced her run for the U.S. House of Representatives on December 6, 2021. If elected in 2022, she will be the first woman in Vermont’s history to hold federal office. More information about Gray’s campaign for Congress can be found here.