PORTLAND – The members of the largest union at Bath Iron Works have endorsed U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud for governor in the 2014 Maine gubernatorial race. 

The early endorsements by the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Local S-6, which represents shipbuilders and maintenance workers in 28 different trades at BIW, demonstrates the strong support and momentum behind Michaud’s campaign. 
 
“The Shipbuilders recognize and appreciate all that you have done to support the working families of Maine and to Maine’s economy,” wrote Daniel Dowling, president of Machinists Local S-6 and an electrician at BIW, in a letter to the campaign. “Your dedication to protecting workers rights, promoting safety and fairness in the workplace, and securing good jobs for Maine workers is easily recognized and easily rewarded. You are one of us, a Maine worker. You know our concerns because you have lived them yourself. We are confident you will be an outstanding Governor.” 
 
IAMAW Local S-6 represents 3,300 members. 
 
“I’m deeply humbled by the early and strong support from Local S-6, ” Michaud said. “I punched a time clock for 29 years at the Great Northern Paper Mill. I understand the challenges facing working and middle class families today, and I am committed to making sure our economy works for them. Our workers are our greatest resource, and as governor I will do everything I can to ensure that they get the respect, recognition and protection they deserve.”

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