CLEVELAND (August 5, 2021) – Union building and construction workers flanked the steps of Cleveland City Hall today as the Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council (CBCTC) announced its endorsement of Kevin J. Kelley for Mayor of Cleveland. CBCTC represents 29 affiliated local unions comprised of hardworking individuals and vital contributors to the northeast Ohio economy. 

“Kevin Kelley is a true leader. He appreciates the value of hard work and fights for what is right, especially when it comes to putting Clevelanders to work,” said Terence P. Joyce, president of CBCTC. “As Council President, Kevin has been at the forefront of attracting investment to Cleveland and has fought for good paying construction jobs for Clevelanders. And he will continue to fight for Clevelanders as Mayor.” 

Creating job opportunities for Clevelanders is a top priority for Kelley, who has served as President of Cleveland City Council since 2014. 

“No other industry can say they have built Cleveland – literally and figuratively – like union construction can,” said Kevin Kelley, upon accepting CBCTC’s endorsement. “Not only do they construct, plumb, wire and paint our office buildings, hospitals and schools, construction unions help build our communities and economy by ensuring workers earn good wages, have good benefits, and build good careers. As Mayor, I will continue to work with union leadership and the Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council to create jobs for Clevelanders.”

Kelley’s plan for workforce development includes working with leadership from the trades, and others, to develop a community strategy to train Clevelanders for in-demand jobs, like those in the skilled trades. 

“Kevin Kelley knows that the union construction industry is a cornerstone of Cleveland’s economy. That’s why he champions training programs that connect Clevelanders with opportunities in the building and construction trades,” said David J. Wondowloski, Executive Director of CBCTC. “Kevin understands that the family-sustaining wages and good benefits union construction offers builds a stronger, more resilient workforce. That’s one of the reasons why Kevin Kelley is the best person to be Cleveland’s next mayor.”

CBCTC joins several other unions and local leaders in endorsing Kelley for Mayor of Cleveland, including Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley, Cuyahoga County Council Member Yvonne Conwell, Cleveland City Council Member Kevin Conwell, the Association of Cleveland Firefighters IAFF Local 93, Plumbers Union Local 55 and Pipefitters Local Union 120


For more information about Kevin J. Kelley’s position on supporting working families, ending the digital divide, educating and training residents for careers that pay well enough to support their families and ensuring every neighborhood is healthy, strong and safe, visit and follow @kevinkelleyCLE on Twitter.