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United Steelworkers endorse Democrat Baron Hill for Senate

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Baron Hill, Democrat candidate for the open seat in the U.S. Senate currently held by Republican Dan Coats, has earned the endorsement of the United Steelworkers (USW), representing more than 23,000 steelworkers across the state.

The endorsement was announced on Monday at a rally at USW Local 1066 in Gary.

“Manufacturing jobs are constantly undermined by cheating nations and by Washington politicians like Congressman Todd Young who votes to strip workers of their rights and hand over American jobs to the highest foreign competitor, USW District 7 Director Michael Millsap said. “Hoosier workers need an ally like Baron Hill in the U.S. Senate who will put us first in trade deals and hold China accountable for not playing by the rules.”

Hill has been a vocal opponent of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), on the ground that it undermines workers protections. As a member of Congress, Baron voted to crack down on China for manipulating its currency to gain a competitive edge over U.S. competitors.

“It's past time we get back to making things in America again, and we need another Senator from the state of Indiana who will fight for you in Washington and enforce the rules to protect your jobs,” Hill said. “When I'm in the U.S. Senate next year, we're going to work together to put Hoosiers First --and to fight for Hoosier workers.”

Hill held five non-consecutive terms in the U.S. House, representing Indiana’s 9th Congressional District south of Bloomington. He was defeated for re-election in 2010 by Republican Todd Young, who as it happens is now Hill’s opponent once again, as the GOP’s nominee for the Senate seat. Coats is not seeking re-election.


Posted 6/28/2016





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