The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18 (IUOE) announced their endorsement of Rachel Crooks, candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives. Ms. Crooks will be challenging Bill Reineke in the November midterm election for the District 88 seat, which includes all of Sandusky County and a majority of Seneca County. In the 2016 election, Local 18 had previously endorsed Crooks’ opponent, Bill Reineke.
“I come from an extended family whose business was excavating and operating heavy equipment, so I’m incredibly proud to have the support of unions like the Local 18,” Crooks stated. “Unions have been under attack throughout the country, and as the next State Representative for our district, I will stand in solidarity with trade workers, fighting to protect their rights, wages, and safety.”
The IUOE Local 18, formed in 1939, is a progressive, diversified trade union representing Operating Engineers who work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics and surveyors in the heavy construction industry, and Stationary Engineers who work in operations and maintenance in building and industrial complexes. Local 18 serves 15,000 members in a jurisdiction which covers 85 Ohio counties and four northern Kentucky counties.
Local 18’s mission is to maintain and improve the employment opportunities and security of all their members by providing state-of-the-art training, protecting and securing work, and providing quality health care, pension and other benefits.
The IUOE Local 18 endorsement is the latest addition to an expanding list of groups and community leaders that have endorsed Crooks, including: President Barack Obama, Senator Sherrod Brown, City of Bellevue Mayor Kevin Strecker, Gloria Steinem, the Ohio Education Association, Ohio Federation of Teachers, Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, Ohio Association of Public School Employees, Ohio Farmers Union, Sheet Metal Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers – Transportation Division (SMART-TD), EMILY’s List, Run For Something, Matriots, MoveOn, BlueAmerica PAC, Launch Progress PAC, Planned Parenthood, People for the American Way, Only If You Run, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, and Teamsters Ohio D.R.I.V.E.. Her campaign was also given the Gun Sense Candidate Distinction by Moms Demand Action.