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Vermont Building Trades Council endorses Becca Balint for US House

May 17 2022, 5:48 PM
Becca Balint, president pro tempore of the Vermont Senate, announces her candidacy for the state's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives at a press conference in Montpelier in December 2021. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger

U.S. House candidate Sen. Becca Balint, D-Windham, was endorsed by the Vermont Building Trades Council on Tuesday. The organization represents 13 unions and thousands of Vermont workers, according to a press release.  

“Becca has been there for working Vermonters and we know she’ll be there time and again in Washington D.C.,” Vermont Building Trades Council President Tim LaBombard said in the release. 

Balint, the Senate president pro tempore, stressed the importance of the right to unionize in a statement: “Right here today, I pledge to continue in Congress what I’ve done in the Senate: fight hard for workers and for unions.”

A rival of Balint’s, Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, D-Chittenden, had previously picked up the most endorsements from labor organizations in the U.S. House race. The Vermont AFL-CIO, Communications Workers of America District 1 and the National Rural Letter Carriers association have all backed Ram Hinsdale. Another candidate, Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, was endorsed in April by the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters. 

— Kathryn Field

Correction: An earlier version of this story inaccurately described the relative portion of union endorsements the candidates for House had previously received. 

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