Boston City Council At-Large Candidate Jon Spillane Nets Two Major Union Endorsements

Boston, MA — Today, the Jon Spillane for Boston City Council At-Large campaign announced two major endorsements by member unions of the Greater Boston Building Trades Unions. 

At their monthly meeting on Sunday, June 6, in Dorchester, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA!) Local 223 voted to endorse Jon Spillane’s candidacy for City Council At-Large in Boston. This endorsement is the second from a member of the Greater Boston Building Trades Unions to endorse Spillane, with the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ Local 534 having endorsed Jon Spillane in May. 

Spillane pointed to his own family’s labor roots as an important part of his appeal on the campaign trail to voters and to union members: 

“My grandfather was a union mason,” said Jon Spillane, candidate for Boston City Council At-Large. “The wages he earned allowed him to move the family out of South Boston’s Old Colony Housing Development and into a single-family home in Hyde Park.”

Current U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is a past President of Laborers’ Local Union 223.

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The City of Boston is the only home I have ever known, and I am incredibly grateful to my community, who taught me the importance of service to others, civic engagement, and faith in a brighter tomorrow for all of us. It is these values that shaped our campaign for City Council, and, though we came up short of the general, it is these same values will continue to drive our City forward.

Running for City Council has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I was honored to do so alongside the largest, most historically diverse class of candidates that the City of Boston has ever seen. I am proud to have run a campaign that was a testament to my family, teachers, and community leaders – those whose investment in our City meant that a kid from Hyde Park could get an education, work at City Hall, and run for office to expand access to affordable housing, public transit, and City services for all.

I am grateful to our City-wide coalition of volunteers and supporters for believing in our vision. I am grateful to my fellow candidates for the ideas and passion that they brought to our many, many forums and neighborhood meetings and zoom conversations. Congratulations to those who are moving on to the Top 8 – you have made Boston incredibly proud of what you have achieved, and I look forward to working alongside you to advocate for fair housing, reliable transit, and an affordable City that works for all.

– Jon