Steelworkers for Trump Billboards Changed After Complaint From Biden-Supporting Union

Billboards calling for the re-election of Donald Trump in Indiana saw a change in their wording following a United Steelworkers union complaint.

The phrasing in the billboards was changed from “Steelworkers of NW Indiana for Trump” to “Blue Collar Workers of NW Indiana” after the union claimed that the original wording was misleading.

“Blue Collar of NW Indiana for Trump 2020 and Mark Leyva for U.S. Congress District 01 Indiana … Paid for by Proud Blue Collar Workers of NWI,” the four billboards now read in Northwest Indiana, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana.

The 1.2 million-strong United Steelworkers (USW) union said it had planned to send letters to its members and retirees, reminding them that the union had endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Indiana Democrat Frank Mrvan for Congress.

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Leyva and Mrvan will face off in the upcoming election to replace retiring Democratic Representative Pete Visclosky, who has served the district since 1985, to represent Indiana’s 1st Congressional District.

“I am a blue collar worker and past USW member—worked at Inland Steel for seven years in the mills. I represent the steel workers much better than a career politician,” Leyva told the Times of Northwest Indiana.

Mrvan told the Times that he had secured support from a number of unions, including the USW, because he has had “a consistent presence in union halls and have walked the picket lines with our union brothers and sisters throughout my career.”

United Steelworkers has been contacted for comment.

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The USW made their formal backing of the former vice president on August 26, as part of the BlueGreen Alliance endorsement, which brings together labor unions and environmental groups.

In early September, the union posted a video captioned “President Trump’s Broken Promises” in which it highlights permanent and indefinite closures of manufacturing operations across the country.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a body representing 55 labor unions with 12.5 million members, has also backed Biden. It has endorsed the Democratic candidate in every election since 1976.

President Trump has received the backing of a number of police unions, including the largest, the Fraternal Order of Police. Two New York police unions, the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York and the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association, have also endorsed Trump.

A poll of 1,033 likely voters from early September by Indy Politics and Change Research in Indiana showed the president leading the former vice president 53 to 39 percent.

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Supporters of Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump rally outside the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry on September 21, 2020 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Biden spoke at the foundry during his second campaign stop in Wisconsin this month.
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