TJ Donovan has picked up another endorsement from organized labor, this time from the Vermont Building and Construction Trades Council.
The Chittenden County State’s Attorney – looking to unseat seven-term incumbent Bill Sorrell in a Democratic primary – is also the top choice of the AFL-CIO and the Vermont Troopers Association.
According to a press release from the Donovan campaign, the VBCTC cited “TJ’s strong commitment to being a leader in Vermont against the continued misclassification of workers as independent contractors and better enforcement of workplace safety laws.”
“The Vermont building trades are excited by the prospect of an attorney general that is committed to working families throughout our state and we are confident that TJ Donovan will be that Attorney General,” Jeffrey Potvin, president of the Council, said in a written statement.
In a late-August primary that could draw fewer than 40,000 voters, unions are in a position to play a significant role in the outcome. The AFL-CIO represents almost 10,000 members in 80 unions around the state. If they come out in force for Donovan, they might help the 38-year-old underdog pull off an election-night surprise.
Potvin says his organization is ready to work on Donovan’s behalf.
“Our members will work hard to get TJ elected because, after years of inaction, workers across this state need leadership from the Attorney General’s office on important issues such as rooting out rampant misclassification and ensuring safety in the workplace,” Potvin said.