For Immediate Release
February 21, 2018
BUENA PARK, CA – Today, the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters endorsed gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa at their Carpenters Training Center citing his commitment to strengthening our economy by growing high-wage jobs and supporting the development of a skilled workforce.
“Antonio understands that California needs to be the land of opportunity. He will fight to ensure that our state improves our infrastructure and builds new, modern schools and college facilities that will prepare our young people for tomorrow’s jobs,” said Randy Thornhill, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters. “As governor, Antonio will encourage investing in our local communities, enabling working families to work closer to home, allowing them to spend more time with their families and more time volunteering for their community while helping the environment. We know he will do these things because he has not forgotten his roots. We know Antonio will fight for all of us.”
Villaraigosa has made clear that his top priority as governor will be to grow the high-wage jobs that provide a pathway for families to reach – and stay in – the middle class. Villaraigosa has proposed doing that by fulfilling some of California’s most pressing needs – rebuilding the states infrastructure, building more affordable homes and providing life-long learning to ensure a skilled workforce, which are the foundations of a strong economy.
“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters. My goal is to lift more Californians into the middle class and know that in order to do that we have to start by investing in our infrastructure and building more homes to meet the growing demand,” Villaraigosa said. “It’s particularly important to be here and tour the Carpenters Training Center because I know that it’s not enough to simply create jobs. We also have to have training programs, like this one, apprenticeship programs and educational opportunities to ensure that we have the skilled workforce we need to fill those jobs.”
The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters represents 50,000 union carpenters in six states and is dedicated to raising area standards for all carpenters in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. Southwest Regional Council, working in partnership with union signatory employers, spend more than $20 million every year to provide training to their members. This training is provided through the Southwest Carpenters Training Fund and their 17 state-of-the-art training centers.
“California is known for our innovation, but we should be equally innovative in how we grow our economy and make sure that everyone has the training and education opportunities to do the jobs of the future,” added Villaraigosa. “The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters is investing in workers and training them to build a 21st century California that will continue to be a global competitor.”