The Executive Board of the Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council, representing over 10,000 union members across the state, is proud to announce that they have unanimously voted to endorse the election of David N. Cicilline for Congress in the 2010 Primary and General Elections.

David N. Cicilline, a strong proponent of open and honest government since his days as a RI State Representative, has revitalized Providence City government. Working collaboratively with city employees, he has transformed city services by installing a technology monitoring service delivery program, initiating 21st century procedures in the day-to-day operation of constituent affairs and investing in equipment required for the delivery of municipal services.

A dedicated reformer, Mayor Cicilline’s approach to solving problems by bringing all stakeholders together has worked in his efforts to reduce crime and upgrade the city’s many neighborhoods. Most importantly, Mayor Cicilline recognized the value of establishing conditions that would bring new investment and new jobs into Providence.

Under his leadership, $3 billion dollars in new investment was brought into the city. Along with that investment, Mayor Cicilline has championed the inclusion of job creation as well as job training for city residents. His hands-on involvement in bringing successful educational and training initiatives, such as Youth Build, to the city has resulted in real jobs for city residents. Under the Mayor’s leadership, the City partnered with Local Union 1033 and created the first in the nation Public Employee Apprenticeship Program. With this creative and unique program, over 75 City Residents have been trained in both blue collar and white collar skills and have entered the work force.

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Armand E. Sabitoni, General Secretary-Treasurer and New England Regional Manager of the Laborers’ International Union of North America observed, “David N. Cicilline not only understands the issues most important to working men and women, he acts upon that knowledge and gets results. This is a leader who knows that our Country and our Community need investment in infrastructure, transportation, and renewable energy to bring family-sustaining jobs back to Rhode Island. We believe he will work hard to make that happen!”

In accepting the Unions’ endorsement, candidate Cicilline stated, “Hardworking, middle-class Rhode Islanders are ready to elect a Congressman who will go to Washington and help get our economy back on the right track. I am honored that the Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council, which represents more than 10,000 working men and women across our state, has put their trust in me to make sure Rhode Island families have a strong, forceful advocate fighting for them in Washington. If I am elected to Congress this fall, my first priority will be to expand job opportunities right here in Rhode Island with a stronger national infrastructure policy that includes greater investments in local infrastructure projects and the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank that will expand jobs and ensure that our crumbling bridges, roads and dams are repaired efficiently.”