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International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4 Endorses Gravellese For State Representative

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4 has endorsed Joe Gravellese in the campaign for State Representative in the 16th Suffolk District. The Democratic primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 1.

The IUOE represents construction workers who work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics, surveyors, and stationary engineers. Local 4 has over 5,000 members in central and eastern Massachusetts.

“From standing up to wage theft, to giving labor a seat at the table when crafting important safety regulations, I’ve committed to fighting for workers’ rights at the State House,” said Gravellese.

“I’ve had great conversations with labor groups across the state, but this endorsement is a special honor for me, as my father has been a union operating engineer for over 20 years. My family experienced firsthand what a difference it made to the quality of our lives when my father had access to a union.” 

“Labor has played a huge role in our lives – my grandfather was a teamster, and my brother-in-law is a laborer. In my public service, I am committed to advancing the cause of workers’ rights – not through lip service, but by fighting for the important changes to state policy that will protect the right to organize for fair wages and working conditions.”

Voters can learn more about Gravellese’s campaign at or by emailing

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