Today, the Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota announced that the union has endorsed Republican candidate Doug Burgum for Governor of North Dakota.
The statement credits Burgum's leadership experience, his support for responsible energy resource development (including his "clear-eyed call for the Federal government to respect the legal process and stop interfering with construction" of the Dakota Access Pipeline), and his plan to help North Dakota cities and towns renovate and re-build through the Main Street Initiative, as reasons for their support.
The statement also highlights the fact that Burgum has "walked the walk" when it comes to creating high-quality jobs. As LIUNA member and Fargo resident Stephen Holmes observes:
“A lot of politicians are all talk, but Doug has invested his own money in projects that are creating family-supporting jobs for skilled workers like me, while making my community a better place to live.”
The full statement follows:
The Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota, an affiliate of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) is proud to announce that our union has endorsed Republican Doug Burgum for Governor of North Dakota. Doug has won our endorsement by demonstrating that he has the vision, commitment, and leadership skills needed to help North Dakota thrive for the next four years and beyond.
We believe that Doug’s support for responsible development of energy resources will help to continue North Dakota’s energy renaissance, while also ensuring that it’s done safely, and that vital land and water resources aren’t damaged in the process. We are an “all-of-the above” union when it comes to comes to energy, with members working on construction of wind turbines and other renewable energy facilities, installation of gas gathering pipelines, and maintenance of coal plants, just to name a few examples.
Our members want to know that they have a Governor who will support smart energy infrastructure investments, and ensure that regulations are both reasonable and consistently enforced. As a union whose members are the building the Dakota Access Pipeline, we particularly appreciate Doug’s clear-eyed call for the Federal government to respect the legal process and stop interfering in the construction of this needed infrastructure project.
Our union supports Doug’s Main Street Initiative, which we believe provides a vision for how North Dakota cities and towns can renovate and re-build infrastructure without taking on excess debt or imposing burdensome taxes. As a union that represents workers who construct schools, hospitals, roads, and waterworks, we know how important it is to make sure public infrastructure investments are well-planned and built to last.
We also think that the Main Street Initiative and Doug’s “all-of-the-above” approach for economic and workforce development can help to better insulate North Dakota from boom-and-bust cycles by building a more diverse economy. In our view, that’s the best way to ensure that the local members LIUNA has recruited and trained will always have opportunities to put their skills to work building a better future for North Dakota.
Finally, our union supports Doug because his track record in the private sector demonstrates that he knows how to create the kind of high-quality employment opportunities that North Dakota needs. It’s no accident that Doug’s software company repeatedly made Fortune Magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.
Today, Doug is doing the same thing for our members through his work with Kilbourne Group. Stephen Holmes, a construction laborer and LIUNA member who lives in Fargo, likes the fact that he has seen Doug “walk the walk” when it comes to the creation of high-quality jobs. “A lot of politicians are all talk, but Doug has invested his own money in projects that are creating family-supporting jobs for skilled workers like me, while making my community a better place to live.”