Another union is making its voices heard in the Toledo mayor's race. The United Auto Workers (UAW), Monday, threw its support behind independent candidate D. Michael Collins.
The UAW is not the first and they won't be the last union to endorse Mayor Mike Bell's challenger, but they are the latest.
"We need a mayor with proven integrity."
Monday's announcement by the UAW was no surprise. The iconic union in Toledo has at least 3,000 workers, probably more. And the powerful union wants a new mayor.
Ken Lortz, the Director of Region 2B for the UAW said at a press conference, Monday, "Toledo needs a mayor who will listen to the people. The UAW is convinced Michael Collins is the candidate and the mayor who will do just that."
The UAW believes Mayor Mike Bell has a tin-ear when it comes to union issues. His support *for* right to work legislation and *against* collective bargaining have labor organizing against him.
Challenger Mike Collins is positioned to benefit.
Collins told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann, "You oppose the right of men and women to collectively bargain, you're going to face opposition and Ii am that opposition."
Along with the UAW, Collins has support from the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association, Local 92 of the Fire Union,
the Toledo Federation of Teachers, the Toledo Police Command Officers Association and the Steamfitters and Plumbers Union.
Those unions easily represent more than 5,000 workers and union members vote. An unions will spend time and money convincing people to go to the polls.
Collins says the UAW, in particular, is a significant force in Toledo's success. Collins says, "Without their efforts, I would dare to say, we would be turning off the lights because we would have lost our city."
More union endorsements are coming.
We reported last week the AFL-CIO will meet tonight to endorsement Mike Collins.
And AFSCME and it 900 members, which did not endorse a candidate 4-years ago, will likely endorse Collins, next week.
In all, Collins could get the endorsement of about 10-thousand union members.