Detroit – Today, Frank Wiechert, Business Manager of the Pipefitters Local 636, announced their endorsement of Pamela Sossi in the District 1 Special Election. “Our local appreciates your support of union members and organized labor,” Wiechert wrote. “We wish you the best in the upcoming election and welcome the opportunity for you to represent our community.”
“I am honored to announce that the Pipefitters are supporting my campaign,” said Sossi. “Much like they did during the New Deal, the United Association (UA) will be on the forefront of Detroit’s next revival. Our plumbers and pipefitters are on the front lines, replacing our outdated infrastructure, rebuilding our libraries and schools, and building new homes in our neighborhoods.” Sossi continued, “One of the most important things our government can do, is to ensure that we have the skilled tradesmen necessary to accomplish such a task. I look forward to working with the United Association to ensure that we have a steady supply of skilled tradesmen to meet the challenge.”
The UA has established a world class program to train skilled trades. Local 636’s three-acre training center features both classrooms and test stations where on-the-job equipment is used to give apprentices hands-on training. First founded in 1889, the UA represents over 300,000 members in more than 300 locals.
The 1st District includes the cities of Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Woods as well as portions of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Shores. The Primary Election is August 8.