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Sen. Taylor gets union backing in re-election bid

State Sen. Lena Taylor has received the endorsement of three construction-union groups in her bid for re-election.

Taylor, a Democrat from Milwaukee, announced in a news release Tuesday that she is receiving support from Iron Workers Local 8, of Milwaukee; the Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers District Council of Wisconsin; and the Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council. Outside the construction industry, she is also getting support from the Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Local 215.

In her release, Taylor drew attention to her opposition to Wisconsin’s right-to-work law. Signed into law in March 2015, right-to-work laws like Wisconsin’s ban contract clauses that make membership in a union a condition of employment at certain companies. Taylor also opposed Wisconsin’s so-called Act 10 law, which took away the majority of most public employees’ collective-bargaining rights.

Taylor is being challenged by state Rep. Mandela Barnes, another Democrat from Milwaukee. The two will face each other in a primary election scheduled for Aug. 9.

An attempt to reach Barnes’ campaign was unsuccessful.

About Dan Shaw, dan.shaw@dailyreporter.com

Dan Shaw is the associate editor at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at dan.shaw@dailyreporter.com or at 414-225-1807.

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