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Pennsylvania gubernational campaign getting underway for labor community

07.28.14

AUGUST 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Pennsylvania gubernational campaign getting underway for labor community

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, July 20th- The Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Harrisburg and affiliated members of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council in Harrisburg along with nonaffiliated labor organizations such as the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) Union, are beginning to prepare to energize their members in a attempt to defeat Incumbent Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett in the November election.

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014.

The labor community, including those that supported other Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania’s primary election in May, have been endorsing Democratic nominee York businessman Tom Wolf. Mr. Wolf defeated three other Democrats that were seeking their party’s nomination for Pennsylvania Governor that wanted the chance to deny Mr. Corbett a second four-year term as Pennsylvania’s governor.

The majority of the labor organizations that made endorsements for the primary election supported Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord. However, many within the labor community, including the AFL-CIO, did not support any of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination deciding to wait and support the primary winner.

The two largest public sector labor organizations that endorsed Mr. McCord for the spring election have since announced they will support Mr. Wolf for the November election.

The Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union Council 13 voted to endorse Mr. Wolf only days after the primary election.

Mr. Wolf has made it clear if elected he would support issues important to the labor community including: improving oversight of charter and cyber charter schools; protect the right of workers to unionize and collectively bargain; veto any legislation that restricts the rights of workers, including repealing the agency fee, doing away with union dues deduction, eliminating the right of school employees to strike, and any change to the prevailing wage law.

Frank Sirianni, President of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council, a statewide federation of construction trade unions’, stated the organization unanimously voted to endorse Mr. Wolf on June 30th.

“Our members, who are employed in virtually every community of Pennsylvania by more than 3,500 construction contractors and subcontractors, have spoken and they have told us with a forceful clarity that Tom Wolf represents a shining voice in the battle to make our Commonwealth’s government responsive to the hopes, needs and aspirations of working people in Pennsylvania.

Tom Wolf is a voice of welcoming reason who knows, first and foremost, that strengthening our communities, assuring a family sustaining wage for working families, focusing on access to health care for all Pennsylvanians, rationally protecting our resources, fairly securing our economy and enhancing the quality of education for our children are the keys to the return of fairness and progress in our society,” Mr. Sirianni said.

The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) District Council of Western Pennsylvania and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 154 have endorsed Mr. Corbett despite being considered to be one of or the most anti-union governors in Pennsylvania’s history.

Unions begin endorsing Tom Wolf for governor while several support Mr. Corbett

07.15.14

JULY 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Unions begin endorsing Tom Wolf for governor while several support Mr. Corbett

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, June 19th- Labor community members, including those that supported other Democratic candidates seeking the chance to face incumbent Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in November, have begun endorsing businessman Tom Wolf.

Mr. Wolf defeated three other Democrats that were seeking their party’s nomination for Pennsylvania Governor in the May primary election. Mr. Wolf will likely gain most of the support of organized labor and has already gained the support of the Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Harrisburg for the November election, along with several labor labor unions..

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014.

Mr. Wolf is receiving the endorsements of the labor community despite that most of the unions that did endorse a candidate for the primary election supported Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord. Many within the labor community did not make a endorsement of any candidate.

The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) District Council of Western Pennsylvania and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 154 have endorsed Mr. Corbett despite being considered to be one of or the most anti-union governor in Pennsylvania’s history.

The two largest public sector labor organizations that endorsed Mr. McCord for the spring election have since announced they will support Mr. Wolf for the November election.

The Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union Council 13 voted to endorse Mr. Wolf only days after the primary election.

Mr. Wolf has made it clear if elected he would support issues important to the labor community including: improving oversight of charter and cyber charter schools; protect the right of workers to unionize and collectively bargain; veto any legislation that restricts the rights of workers, including repealing the agency fee, doing away with union dues deduction, eliminating the right of school employees to strike, and any change to the prevailing wage law.

Unions begin endorsing Tom Wolf for governor while several support Mr. Corbett

07.02.14

JULY 2013, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Unions begin endorsing Tom Wolf for governor while several support Mr. Corbett

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, June 19th- Labor community members, including those that supported other Democratic candidates seeking the chance to face anti-union Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in November, have begun endorsing businessman Tom Wolf.

Mr. Wolf defeated three other Democrats that were seeking their party’s nomination for Pennsylvania Governor in the May primary election. Mr. Wolf will likely gain most of the support of organized labor and has already gained the support of the Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Harrisburg for the November election.

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014.

Mr. Wolf is receiving the endorsements of the labor community despite that most of the unions that did endorse a candidate for the primary election supported Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord. However, most of the labor community did not make a endorsement of any of the candidates.

The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) District Council of Western Pennsylvania and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 154 have endorsed Mr. Corbett despite being considered to be one of or the most anti-union governors in Pennsylvania history.

The two largest public sector labor organizations that endorsed Mr. McCord for the spring election have since announced they will support Mr. Wolf for the November election.

The Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union Council 13 voted to endorse Mr. Wolf only days after the primary election.

Mr. Wolf has made it clear if elected he would support issues important to the labor community including: improving oversight of charter and cyber charter schools; protect the right of workers to unionize and collectively bargain; veto any legislation that restricts the rights of workers, including repealing the agency fee, doing away with union dues deduction, eliminating the right of school employees to strike, and any change to the prevailing wage law.

Unions waiting to see what happens with dues-deduction bills

06.20.14

JUNE 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Unions waiting to see what happens with dues-deduction bills

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, June 2nd- The labor community is quietly optimistic that the anti-union legislation that would ban payroll deduction clauses in labor agreements in all levels of governments will not be passed, at least before the Pennsylvania General Assembly recesses for the summer at the end of June.

Anti-union groups have spent thousands of dollars on mailings and lobbying to attempt to get House Bill (HB 1507) and Senate Bill (SB 1034) passed by the legislature that would prohibit the payroll deduction of union members and fair-share fees of government workers. Should the legislation pass, the bill will force unions to represent non-members without any meaningful way to collect fees for the service of representation.

House Bill 1507 is being called by anti-union forces the “Payroll Protection” bill. The groups have been claiming, without facts, that taxpayers are paying for union dues collection for public employees and that teachers and state workers are being forced to contribute to political and legislative activism. However, automatic payroll deduction of union dues is not mandated by any law rather it is bargained for during labor contract negotiations, the same as any other provision within a collective bargaining agreement.

The anti-union group, the Commonwealth Foundation, has falsely stated that taxpayer resources are being used to collect political campaign contributions.

However, any financial cost occured by any government for the collection of political contributions by union members is reimbursed by the union. Meaning, the claim made by the Commonwealth Foundation is inaccurate.

Also, before any contribution is deducted for political purposes by a union, the individual public employee must first sign a card requesting the contribution be taken from their paycheck.

If the legislation became law, organized labor would be singled-out because all other paycheck deductions, such as insurance companies, banks, and financial companies, would still be allowed.

The well financed anti-union out-of-state corporate special interest groups that seem to be determined to hurt labor organizations that represent government employees in Pennsylvania, have stated inaccuately that public employees are charged for political lobbying expenses. However, the employee is not even charged when the lobbying helps them too.

Eileen Cipriani easily defeats her Democratic challenger

06.20.14

JUNE 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Eileen Cipriani easily defeats her Democratic challenger

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, May 29th- Retiring Pennsylvania State Representative Phyllis Mundy (Democrat-120th Legislative District) former political staffer and Legislative Assistant for constituent services Eileen Cipriani easily defeated her Democratic party challenger in the May 20th primary election and will now face Republican Aaron Kaufer.

Mr. Kaufer challenged Ms. Mundy two years ago and received approximately 44 percent of the vote. Ms. Mundy is retiring after serving twelve two-year terms in Harrisburg and has “wholeheartedly” endorsed the candidacy of Mrs. Cipriani to replace her.

The labor community will be active in the 120th Legislative District wanting to be able to count on the seat to provide pro-labor legislation support and help defeat anti-union bills in Harrisburg. Ms. Mundy during her time is Harrisburg supported the labor community receiving a high rating by the Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

The 120th District is made-up of a part of Luzerne County including the townships of Exeter, Jackson and Kingston. Also the boroughs of Forty-Fort, Kingston, Pringle, Swoyersville, West Wyoming, and Luzerne. In 2015 the district will also include the Borough of Edwardsville.

Mrs. Cipriani worked for more than twenty-four years as a Medical Technologist at Nesbitt Hospital and the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Mrs. Cipriani stated during a recent interview with the newspaper if elected in November she would support the labor community and is hopeful union members and their families will vote for her in the November election.

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf routs his opponents for Democratic nomination

06.11.14

JUNE 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf routs his opponents for Democratic nomination

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, May 21st- Businessman Tom Wolf cruised to the Democratic party nomination for Pennsylvania governor by defeating the three other candidates that also seeked the chance to face anti-union Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in November.

Besides Mr. Wolf, the other candidates that were seeking the Democratic nomination were: U.S. House of Representative Allyson Schwartz (13th Legislative District); former Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Katie McGinty; and current Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord. All four candidates were seeking the Democratic nomination to attempt to deny Governor Tom Corbett a second four-year term.

Mr. Wolf received approximately 58 percent of the total vote with both Ms. Schwartz and Mr. McCord receiving around 17 percent each of the vote. Ms. McGinty got around 7 percent of the total vote of Democrats on May 20th.

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014 and will likely support Mr. Wolf in the fall election despite that most of the unions that did endorse a candidate for the primary election supported Mr. McCord. However, most of the labor community did not make a endorsement of any of the candidates.

Some of the largest unions in Pennsylvania did endorsed Mr. McCord including; the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District 13 in Harrisburg; The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters (IBT); and The United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1776 in Plymouth Meeting.

Congresswomen Schwartz was also endorsed by several labor organizations.including: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 98 in Philadelphia; the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 926 and Local 249; the United Mine Workers Union (UMW); the United Steelworkers (USW) Union Local 10-1; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union Local 13; the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP); the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, which is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers Union (AFT); and the Pennsylvania State Council of Sheet Metal Workers, which Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 is affiliated. Local 19 represents members of the Sheet Metal Workers International Union (SMWIU) throughout the Lehigh Valley.

During the campaign, Mr. Wolf stated if elected he would support issues important to the labor community including: improving oversight of charter and cyber charter schools; protect the right of workers to unionize and collectively bargain; veto any legislation that restricts the rights of workers, including repealing the agency fee, doing away with union dues deduction, eliminating the right of school employees to strike, and any change to the prevailing wage law.

Frank Sirianni, President of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council in Harrisburg, told the newspaper prior to May 20th, that he believed all four Democratic gubernatorial candidates would support the labor community if elected in November over Mr. Corbett, and stated of the four he did not have a favorite.

“I know all four, and I have no doubt all would be good for labor,” said Mr. Sirianni. “The main objective is getting Corbett out.”

Local state representative election involves two labor community supporters

05.19.14

APRIL 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Local state representative election involves two labor community supporters

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 31st- Because of the 2010 census, two legislative districts of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Lackawanna County that are currently represented by Democrats and have voted in the past to support the labor community in Harrisburg, are forced to run against each other.

Currently, the 112th Legislative District is represented by first-term Democrat Kevin Haggerty of Dunmore while 115th legislative District is represented by Frank Farina of Jessup.

Because of the new drawn 112th Legislative District, which will now include more of the mid-valley area of Lackawanna County, which is currently part of the 115th Legislative District, they must face each other on May 20th for their party’s nomination. There are three Democrats seeking their party’s nomination; Mr. Haggerty, Mr. Farina; and former Valley View School Director Bob Munley.

According to Mr. Haggerty, a 1991 Dunmore High School graduate, and a former United States Marine, who defeated incumbent fellow Democrat Ken Smith in 2012, he has the advanged in the May 20th Primary Election because most of the voters within the new 112th Legislative District he already represents and they know how hard he has worked for them during his time in Harrisburg.Mr. Farina as of press time April 6th, had not contacted the newspaper about his campaign or labor support.

“I think labor knows how hard I worked for them. I have supported legislation that helps them and voted against legislation that harms them,” said Mr. Haggerty.

In the fifteen months Mr. Haggerty has been in Harrisburg, many anti-union bills have been before the General Assembly including attempts to privatize the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits stores, and weaken the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage law.

Mr. Haggerty’s wife is a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) Union. She is a teacher in the Riverside School District in Lackawanna County.

The labor community appears to be reluctant to voice public support for either Mr. Haggerty or Mr. Farina because they both have supported legislation important to the labor community while in Harrisburg.

Several labor leaders when contacted would not discuss on the record who they support in the May 20th election. Most of the labor community have not endorsed a candidate for the 112th district.

The winner of the May 20th election will likely be successful in November because no Republicans filed to challenged for the seat.

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf promises to support labor community if elected

05.19.14

APRIL 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf promises to support labor community if elected

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, April 2nd- According to a recently released poll of likely voters Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf is far ahead of the four remaining contenders for their party nomination in the May 20th Primary election.

Besides Mr. Wolf, the other candidates still seeking the Democratic nomination are: U.S. House of Representative Allyson Schwartz (13th Legislative District); Katie McGinty; and current Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord. All four candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination to attempt to deny anti-union Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett a second four-year term.

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014. Labor will be active during the election season.

Some of the largest unions in Pennsylvania have endorsed Mr. McCord including; the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District 13 in Harrisburg; The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters; and The United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1776 in Plymouth Meeting.

Congresswomen Schwartz, which represents the 13th Legislative District, in Washington, has also been endorsed by several labor organizations. The 13th Legislative District includes the City of Philadelphia.

Representative Schwartz endorsements include: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 98 in Philadelphia; the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 926 and Local 249; the United Mine Workers Union (UMW); the United Steelworkers (USW) Union Local 10-1; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union Local 13; the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP); the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, which is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers Union (AFT); and the Pennsylvania State Council of Sheet Metal Workers, which Sheet Metal Workers Local 44 in Wilkes-Barre is affiliated. Local 44 represents members of the Sheet Metal Workers International Union (SMWIU) throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Franklin and Marshall College poll released on April 2rd indicated that York Businessman Tom Wolf leads his closest opponent Ms. Schwartz by sixteen points. Mr. McCord trailed by seventeen points and Ms. McGinty was nineteen points behind Mr. Wolf.

The newspaper is not aware of any labor organization that has endorsed Mr. Wolf but he has been meeting with labor representatives throughout the state including in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

According to his political campaign, Mr. Wolf if elected would support issues important to the labor community including: improving oversight of charter and cyber charter schools; protect the right of workers to unionize and collectively bargain; veto any legislation that restricts the rights of workers, including repealing the agency fee, doing away with union dues deduction, eliminating the right of school employees to strike, and any change to the prevailing wage law.

Mr. Wolf stated he has shared between 20 percent and 30 percent of his company’s profits with employees. Mr. Wolf operates a American made kitchen-cabinet design and distribution business in Indiana.

His campaign also stated he would push as governor to close the Delaware loophole and allows 70 percent of the companies that do business in the state to not pay corporate net income taxes. He feels the loophole shifts the tax burden unfairly to small business and individual citizens.

Republican political candidates have received labor support

05.19.14

MAY 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Republican political candidates have received labor support

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, April 19th- While many of the mouth-pieces of the Republican party make claim that the labor community only support Democratic party elected officials and political candidates, actually many members of the GOP have received union endorsements and financial support.

Most recently, many of the labor unions affiliated with the building trades in Ohio are supporting or will likely endorsed the re-election of Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich in 2014.

Mr. Kasich is on the list of six Republican Governors the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Washington DC, have targeted to attempt to defeat for supporting anti-public union legislation. Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett is also on the AFL-CIO list.

However, Mr. Kasich since being Ohio Governor has worked with the affiliated members of the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents approximately 90,000 union members within the construction trades industry, and many of the trade unions have already financially gave to Mr. Kasich campaign, some reaching the maximum contribution.

Mr. Kasich has supported the hiring of unionized contractors in Ohio for infrastructure projects. But, has gained the dislike of public sector unions when he signed into law a measure eliminating most collective bargaining rights for public employees. The citizens of Ohio overturned the law in 2011 in a voter referendum.

Frank Sirianni, President of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council in Harrisburg, told the newspaper the building trades community never supports a political candidate based on party affiliation.

“We look at the candidate. If the candidate shows support for us, we support them,” stated Mr. Sirianni.

Mr. Sirianni said currently the financial political action committee records indicate that nearly 40 percent of labor contributions go to Republican candidates. Indicating that while the Republican mouth-pieces suggest organized labor only support Democrats the claim is untrue.

President Sirianni stated however, it is unlikely any union affiliated with the trades council will support Mr. Corbett for re-election in 2014, stating he has hurt all sectors of the labor community, building trades, industrial, and the public sector unions. There is little to no chance any labor union will support Mr. Corbett for another term in Harrisburg.

Also, the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council in 2013 supported the re-election of New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie over his Democratic party opponent.

Two labor supporters want to represent 112th Legislative District in Harrisburg

05.19.14

MAY 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Two labor supporters want to represent 112th Legislative District in Harrisburg

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, May 1st- Current 115th Pennsylvania Legislative District House of Representative Frank Farina is running against two fellow Democrats hoping to become their party’s nominee for the 112th seat. Mr. Farina is running against current 112th Representative Kevin Haggerty and former Valley View School District Director Bob Munley.

Because of the new drawn 112th Legislative District, which will now include more of the mid-valley area of Lackawanna County, which is currently part of the 115th Legislative District, Mr. Haggerty and Mr. Farina must face each other on May 20th for their party’s nomination. Both have served in Harrisburg since 2012.

Because of the 2010 census, changes were made to the two legislative districts and the two Representatives, that have voted in the past to support the labor community, are forced to run against each other.

“I think labor knows how hard I worked for them. I have supported legislation that helps them and voted against legislation that harms them,” said Mr. Haggerty.

During a interview by the newspaper, Mr. Farina, 37 years old, said he knows first hand how difficult it is for the working people to survive. Before being elected to serve the 115th Legislative District Mr. Farina operated a small land-scaping business, which his wife has continued to operate while he has been in Harrisburg. He said the business has only several customers and his wife manages it with the help of several employees. Mrs. Farina is a stay-at-home mom. The couple have three children.

Mr. Farina’s mother Ann is a long-time member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union District Council 87.

The race between the three Democrats have been heated at times while supporters involved with the campaigns have sometimes caused friction between the candidates. However, according to Mr. Farina he has spoken to Mr. Haggerty and requested they not let the situation get out of hand between themselves. “I told him, the situation was forced on us because of the re-appointment. We had nothing to do with it,” Mr. Farina stated.

He said if elected to the 112th seat he will never support the privitization of the states wine and spirits stores. Also, he opposes charter schools and any legislation that would make Pennsylvania a right-to-work state.

Mr. Farina supports having a severance tax put on the gas industry and noted that while supporters of liquor stores privitization cite the state is one of only two that continues to operate their own stores, they don’t support taxing the gas industry despite every other major gas producing state doing so. “They just keep changing their reasoning,” Mr. Farina said.

Lt. Gubernatorial candidate Brandon Neuman promises to support labor community

05.19.14

MAY 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Lt. Gubernatorial candidate Brandon Neuman promises to support labor community

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, April 30th- Pennsylvania House of Representative Brandon Neuman (Democrat-48th Legislative District) is seeking his party’s nomination for Lieutenant Governor and during a interview promised to continue to support the labor community if elected. Mr. Neuman stated he has a 100 percent labor voting record for supporting legislation important to the labor community since first being elected in 2010 to represent the 48th legislative district.

Mr. Neuman, 32 year old, is also seeking his party’s nomination for the 48th legislative district but told the newspaper if he gains his party’s nomination on May 20th for Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor he will drop-out of the House of Representatives race. No other Democrat is seeking the seat however there are challengers from the Republican party.

He told the newspaper he is not supporting any one of the four Democratic candidates seeking their party’s nomination for governor that will attempt to unseat Pennsylvania’s anti-union Republican Governor Tom Corbett in November. He also understands the bigger issue is to defeat Mr. Corbett because if re-elected he will put the labor community in the “cross-hairs” with more anti-union legislation.

Mr. Neuman stated he voted against legislation that was passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and signed into law by Mr. Corbett that changed the way a worker can qualify for benefits under the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law during the 2012 legislative session. Several dozen Democrats voted for the legislation despite request from the Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Harrisburg to not vote for its passage.

The changes to the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law has had a major impact on workers employed within the building and construction trades, union and nonunion alike, because they may not now be able to collect unemployment benefits or have their benefits cut when construction work is seasonally slow or their employer has not been able to gain a high cost long-term building project.

Eddie Day Pashiniski (Democrat-121st Legislative District) and multiple union member, told the newspaper he is supporting Mr. Leuman in the May 20th Primary Election.

Meanwhile, Frank Sirianni, President of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council in Harrisburg, told the newspaper that while some building trades unions have endorsed several of the four Democratic candidates seeking to become their party’s nominee for Pennsylvania governor on May 20th, his organization has not endorsed any candidate and believes all four would support the labor community if elected in November over Mr. Corbett.

There are four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination: Businessman, Tom Wolf; U.S. House of Representative, Allyson Schwartz (13th Legislative District); former Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Katie McGinty; and current Pennsylvania Treasurer, Rob McCord. All four candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination to attempt to deny Governor Tom Corbett a second four-year term.

“I know all four, and I have no doubt all would be good for labor,” said Mr. Sirianni. He would not state on the record if he has a favorite to win the nomination, but acknowledged Mr. Wolf will be hard to beat.

“The main objective is getting Corbett out. He has, along with all that out-side money, come after labor and will continue to do so.”

Labor continues to lobby legislators for the defeat of anti-union legislation

03.28.14

APRIL 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Labor continues to lobby legislators for the defeat of anti-union legislation

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, March 20th- The labor community continues to lobby legislators against a proposal that if passed would ban payroll deduction clauses in labor agreements in all levels of governments. The attempt includes contacting union members at their homes by phone and requesting they call their state representatives requesting they not support the legislation.

Anti-union groups have spent thousands of dollars on mailings and lobbying to attempt to get House Bill (HB 1507) and Senate Bill (SB 1034) passed by the legislature that would prohibit the payroll deduction of union members and fair-share fees of government workers. Should the legislation pass, the bill will force unions to represent non-members without any meaningful way to collect fees for the service of representation.

House Bill 1507 is being called by anti-union forces the “Payroll Protection” bill. The groups have been claiming, without facts, that taxpayers are paying for union dues collection for public employees and that teachers and state workers are being forced to contribute to political and legislative activism.

However, automatic payroll deduction of union dues is not mandated by any law rather it is bargained for during labor contract negotiations, the same as any other provision within a collective bargaining agreement.

Corporate interests are now working in Harrisburg to get commitments from legislators on the legislation.

The anti-union group, the Commonwealth Foundation, has falsely stated in newspaper editorials publiched across the state, that union households agree that taxpayer resources should not be used to collect political campaign contributions.

However, under the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreements between labor organizations and governments in Pennsylvania, any financial cost occured by any government for the collection of political contributions by union members is eimbursed by the union. The Commonwealth Foundation is stating union households agree with them that the paycheck protection legislation would empower individual public workers to have greater control over how their money is spent on politics.

But, before money contributions are deducted for political purposes by any labor organization in Pennsylvania, the individual public employee must first sign a authorization card requesting the contribution be taken from their paycheck. Meaning, the claim made by the Commonwealth Foundation is inaccurate.

The Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Harrisburg is optimistic that the anti-union groups that are financing the campaign the pass the anti-union legislation will not be successful as many state legislators have indicated they do not support HB 1507 and SB 1034.

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Richard Bloomingdale stated the bills are designed to destroy negotiated payroll deductions, and are a part of a national right-wing, anti-union campaign brought to Pennsylvania by out-of-state corporate interests, to weaken unions by denying workers their voice on the job.

Mr. Bloomingdale added that the big money anti-union groups appear to have a duel objective, to pass legislation that will significantly hamper public employee unions; and to use this as a litmus test for anti-union legislation they wish to target in the future.

President Bloomingdale is a member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union, which represents thousands of workers employed in local, state, and county governments in Pennsylvania.

If the legislation became law all other paycheck deductions, such as donations to the United Way, the purchasing of U.S. Savings Bonds, pension contributions, and all others, would still be allowed. Therefore, the legislation would only ban the automatic paycheck deduction of a workers’ union dues.

Governor candidate Schwartz receiving labor endorsements

03.24.14

MARCH 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Governor candidate Schwartz receiving labor endorsements

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 4th- The labor community continues to split their endorsements on who they plan to support for the spring primary election for Pennsylvania governor.

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014. Labor will be active during the election season.

Nearly all of his legislative initiatives involve union represented workers being eliminated. The Corbett agenda has hurt all three groups of the labor community, the building and construction trades, the public sector unions, and the industrial trade unions.

Unlike most elected political office holders, that deny being anti-union and for lower wages and less benefits, Mr. Corbett appears to enjoy being considered being the most anti-worker Governor in the state’s history.

Mr. Corbett supports the privitization of Pennsylvania State Liquor Stores, which would put more than 5,000 family sustaining jobs at risk, supports charter schools, supports legislation that would make Pennsylvania a right-to-work state, supports the elimination or making changes to the state prevailing wage law, and awarded a contract to let a British company manage the Pennsylvania Lottery System, a nearly totally unionized system, that would have resulted in those jobs being put in harms way. Pennsylvania Attorney Kathleen Kane rejected his plan in February 2013 and the system remains operated by the state.

Current Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord, who along with six other candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination to attempt to deny anti-union Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett a second four-year term. Mr. Corbett will likely not receive the endorsement of any labor organization during the 2014 campaign.

Some of the largest unions in Pennsylvania have endorsed Mr. McCord including; the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District 13 in Harrisburg; The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters; and the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1776 in Plymouth Meeting.

Besides Mr. McCord, the other candidates still seeking the Democratic nomination are: U.S. House of Representative Allyson Schwartz (13th Legislative District); Tom Wolf; Katie McGinty; John Hanger; Jo Ellen Litz; and Jack Wagner, former two-team Pennsylvania Auditor General.

The Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in Harrisburg, is fearful that a long open primary could result in wasting economic investment money and causing divisions.

Congresswomen Schwartz, which represents the 13th Legislative District in Washington, has also been endorsed by several labor organizations.

Representative Schwartz endorsements include: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 98 in Philadelphia; the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 926 and Local 249; the United Mine Workers Union (UMW); the United Steelworkers (USW) Union Local 10-1; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union Local 13; the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP); the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, which is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers Union (AFT); and the Pennsylvania State Council of Sheet Metal Workers, which Sheet Metal Workers International Union (SMWIU) Local 44 in Wilkes-Barre is affiliated.

Labor united against anti-union dues check-off legislation

02.25.14

FEBRUARY 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Labor united against anti-union dues check-off legislation

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, February 3rd-The labor community in Pennsylvania appears to be united against a proposal in Harrisburg that if passed would ban payroll deduction clauses in labor agreements in all levels of governments.

On January 13th the Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Harrisburg President Richard Bloomingdale held a conference call with national AFL-CIO President Rick Trumka participating, to announce the pending dues deduction legislation being considered in the state capitol.

House Bill (HB 1507) eliminates the payroll deduction of union members and fair-share fees of government workers. Should it pass, the bill will force unions to represent non-members without any meaningful way to collect fees for the service of representation.

House Bill 1507 is being called by anti-union forces the “Payroll Protection” bill. The groups have been claiming, without facts, that taxpayers are paying for union dues collection for public employees and that teachers and state workers are being forced to contribute to political and legislative activism.

However, automatic payroll deduction of union dues is not mandated by any law rather it is bargained for during labor contract negotiations, the same as any other provision within a collective bargaining agreement.

The companion Senate Bill (SB 1034), would also ban the dues check-off from government contracts in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Bloomingdale stated during the conference call that big money, and corporate interests are now working in Harrisburg to get commitments from legislators on the legislation. He added they appear to have a duel objective, to pass legislation that will significantly hamper public employee unions; and to use this as a litmus test for anti-union legislation they wish to target in the future.

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO held a press conference/rally at the Capitol Building rotunda on January 28th, in which more than 1,400 union members and their leaders attended. In fact, many more bus loads of supporters from across the state were not able to participate in the rotunda event because it reach full capacity. Northeastern Pennsylvania was well represented at the rally with the building and construction trades unions and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 87 sponsoring a bus load to Harrisburg.

According to Mr. Bloomingdale, six Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have indicated they currently will not support the anti-union legislation. He wants the labor community throughout the state to contact and meet with their representatives and senators to request they support the labor community and not sign on to the legislation.

During the conference call Mr. Trumka stated the AFL-CIO in Washington stands with the Pennsylvania labor community and will do everything they can to help defeat the legislation.

Mr. Bloomingdale added that the labor movement in Pennsylvania has had a good track record in defeating anti-union legislation in the past which includes privatization, protecting good pensions, expanding healthcare for all, and advocating for good jobs and decent wages.

Mike Carroll, Pennsylvania House of Representative (Democrat-118th Legislative District), and Chairman of the Northeast Pennsylvania Democratic Caucus, told the newspaper the issue of dues deduction legislation is “non-negotiable”. “I will not support 1507 or any other bill that would make it harder to be a union member in Pennsylvania. This legislation is nothing but an attempt to hurt organize labor,” said Mr. Carroll.

The AFL-CIO stated the payroll deduction legislation is similar to that of which was introduced in Wisconsin and union members throughout the state must understand it is a strategic attack against all union members.

Joe Rowe, Acting Director of AFSCME District Council 87, stated if such legislation as the dues deduction be passed in Pennsylavnia, is right-to-work legislation far behind. “Union members better wake-up and understand, their union is under attack. The huge turn-out in Harrisburg was encouraging that they are beginning to understand,” said Mr. Rowe.

State gubernatorial candidate McCord gains endorsement

02.18.14

FEBRUARY 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

State gubernatorial candidate McCord gains endorsement

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, February 5th- One of the Democratic candidates seeking the nomination of his party in the May 20th primary election and had several endorsements of the labor organizations affiliated with the building and construction trades unions, has dropped out of the gubernatorial race.

Ed Pawlowski, which began another four-year term in January as Allentown mayor, announced on February 3rd he would exit the primary election for governor and has asked his supporters to support current Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord, who along with six other candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination to attempt to deny anti-union Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett a second four-year term.

Mr. Corbett will likely not receive the endorsement of any labor organization during the 2014 campaign.

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014. Labor will be active in the 2014 election season.

Nearly all of his legislative initiatives involve union represented workers being eliminated. The Corbett agenda has hurt all three groups of the labor community, the building and construction trades, the public sector unions, and the industrial trade unions.

Unlike most elected political office holders, that deny being anti-union and for lower wages and less benefits, Mr. Corbett appears to enjoy being considered being the most anti-worker Governor in the state’s history.

Mr. Corbett supports the privitization of Pennsylvania State Liquor Stores, which would put more than 5,000 family sustaining jobs at risk, supports charter schools, supports legislation that would make Pennsylvania a right-to-work state, supports the elimination or making changes to the state prevailing wage law, and awarded a contract to let a British company manage the Pennsylvania Lottery System, a nearly totally unionized system, that would have resulted in those jobs being put in harms way. Pennsylvania Attorney Kathleen Kane rejected his plan in February 2013 and the system remains operated by the state.

Mr. Pawlowski was endorsed by several labor organizations that represented workers in the Lehigh Valley including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 375 in Allentown and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union Local 420 in Reading, which also represents Iron Workers members in the Lehigh Valley.

Besides Mr. McCord, the other candidates still seeking the Democratic nomination are: U.S. House of Representative Allyson Schwartz (13th Legislative District); Tom Wolf; Katie McGinty; John Hanger; Jo Ellen Litz; and Max Myers.

Some of the largest unions in Pennsylvania has already endorsed Mr. McCord including; The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District 13 in Harrisburg; The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters; and The United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1776 in Plymouth Meeting.

The Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in Harrisburg, is fearful that a long open primary could result in wasting economic investment money and causing divisions.

Organized labor picking sides in Pennsylvania governor race

02.08.14

FEBRUARY 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Organized labor picking sides in Pennsylvania governor race

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, January 15th- The labor community is getting ready for the 2014 Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign with several labor organizations making endorsements of candidates that are seeking the Democratic party nomination for the primary election on May 20th. There are at least seven candidates that have put there names in for consideration for the Democratic party gubernatorial nomination. Pennsylvania anti-union Republican Governor Tom Corbett will likely not receive the endorsement of any labor organization during the 2014 campaign.

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014. Labor will be active in the 2014 election season hoping to deny Mr. Corbett a second four-year term as Pennsylvania governor.

Nearly all of his legislative initiatives involve union represented workers being eliminated. The Corbett agenda has hurt all three groups of the labor community, the building and construction trades, the public sector unions, and the industrial trade unions.

In 2014 twenty-two of thirty Republican governors must face re-election including seven in states where President Obama won easily in 2012.

Also, many of the Republican elected governors of 2010 rode the tea-party wave to office bringing with them a host of conservative policies that included anti-union agendas. In all, thirty-six states will conduct governor elections in 2014.

Some of the Republican governors facing re-election this year have seen their voter approval numbers increase since they moved to expand the federal Medicaid spending under the new health-care law, however Mr. Corbett rejected the increase.

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord has been endorsed by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District 13 in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1776 in Plymouth Meeting for the May 20th, 2014 primary election.

House of Representative Allyson Schwartz (13th Legislative District) has been endorsed by the Sheet Metal Workers International Union (SMWIU) Local 19 in Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, several labor organizations that are affiliated with the unions that represent workers employed within the building and construction trade industry in the Lehigh Valley have endorsed Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Mr. Pawlowski’s endorsements include the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 375 in Allentown and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union Local 420 in Reading.

Labor community getting ready for 2014 gubernatorial political campaign

02.08.14

JANUARY 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Labor community getting ready for 2014 gubernatorial political campaign

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 5th- The labor community is getting ready for the 2014 Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign with several labor organizations making endorsements of candidates that are seeking the Democratic party nomination for the primary election on May 20th.

Pennsylvania anti-union Republican Governor Tom Corbett will likely not receive the endorsement of any labor organization during the 2014 campaign.

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014. Labor will be active in the 2014 election season hoping to deny Mr. Corbett a second four-year term as Pennsylvania governor.

Nearly all of his legislative initiatives involve union represented workers being eliminated. The Corbett agenda has hurt all three groups of the labor community, the building and construction trades, the public sector unions, and the industrial trade unions.

Unlike most elected political office holders, that deny being anti-union and for lower wages and less benefits, Mr. Corbett appears to enjoy being considered being the most anti-worker Governor in the state’s history.

Mr. Corbett supports the privitization of Pennsylvania State Liquor Stores, which would put more than 5,000 family sustaining jobs at risk, supports charter schools, supports legislation that would make Pennsylvania a right-to-work state, supports the elimination or making changes to the state prevailing wage law, and awarded a contract to let a British company manage the Pennsylvania Lottery System, a nearly totally unionized system, that would have resulted in those jobs put in harms way. Pennsylvania Attorney Kathleen Kane rejected his plan in February 2013 and the system remains operated by the state. Mr. Corbett recently scraped the proposed bid with the company to manage the lottery system.

In 2014 twenty-two of thirty Republican governors must face re-election including seven in states where President Obama won easily in 2012.

Also, many of the Republican elected governors of 2010 rode the tea-party wave to office bringing with them a host of conservative policies that included anti-union agendas. Democrats are hopeful of pick-ups in states like Pennsylvania, Maine, and Florida. In all, thirty-six states will conduct governor elections in 2014.

Some of the Republican governors facing re-election next year have seen their voter approval numbers increase since they moved to expand the federal Medicaid spending under the new health-care law, however Mr. Corbett rejected the increase.

According to latest Quinnipac University poll, Mr. Corbett trails several Democrats in a head-to-head match-up for the governor seat. Also, 53 percent of the poll participants disapproved of Mr. Corbett as governor with 52 percent saying he should not seek another term.

Organized labor beginning to pick sides in governor race

02.08.14

JANUARY 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Organized labor beginning to pick sides in governor race

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 4th- The labor community has begun to take sides in the May 2014 Democratic party race that will determine who will get the chance to run against the current anti-union Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in November 2014. There are at least seven candidates that have put there names in for consideration for the Democratic party gubernatorial nomination, including Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Mr. Pawlowski along with Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord and United States House of Representative Allyson Schwartz (13th Legislative District) in a recently released statewide poll had higher numbers head-to-head than Mr. Corbett.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,061 registered voters throughout Pennsylvania and Mr. Pawlowski, Mr. McCord and Ms. Schwartz lead Mr. Corbett leading into the 2014 gubernatorial campaign. Meanwhile, the labor community have begun to endorse for the 2014 primary election.Treasurer McCord has been endorsed by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District 13 in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters and the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1776 in Plymouth Meeting for the May 20th, 2014 primary election.

Ms. Schwartz has been endorsed by the Sheet Metal Workers International Union (SMWIU) Local 19 in Philadelphia.

Several labor organizations that are affiliated with the unions that represent workers employed within the building and construction trade industry have endorsed Mr. Pawlowski.

Mr. Pawlowski was endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 375 in Allentown and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union Local 420 in Reading.

Allentown Mayor Pawlowski receives several labor endorsements

12.30.13

JANUARY 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Allentown Mayor Pawlowski receives several labor endorsements

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, December 14th- the labor community has begun to take sides in the May 2014 Democratic party race that will determine who will get the chance to run against the current anti-union Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in November 2014.

Currently, there are at least seven candidates that have put there names in for consideration for the Democratic party 2014 gubernatorial nomination, including Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Mr. Pawlowski along with Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord and United States House of Representative Allyson Schwartz (13th Legislative District) in a recently released statewide poll had higher numbers head-to-head than Mr. Corbett.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,061 registered voters throughout Pennsylvania and Mr. Pawlowski, Mr. McCord and Ms. Schwartz lead Mr. Corbett leading into the 2014 gubernatorial campaign. Meanwhile, the labor community have begun to endorse for the 2014 primary election.Treasurer McCord has been endorsed by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District 13 in Harrisburg and the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters for the 2014 primary. Mr. Pawlowski was endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 375 on Liberty Street in Allentown and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union Local 420 in Reading, which represents Iron Workers union members throughout the Lehigh Valley. Local 420 merged with Local 36 during 2013. Local 36 was previously located in Whitehall Township and represented Iron Workers members throughout the Lehigh Valley.

“Mayor Pawlowski’s record of supporting working families is second to none. Just look what he has done in Allentown, putting hundreds of men and women to work with the downtown arena project. It’s all about jobs, and Mayor Pawlowski is creating more jobs in Allentown every day, and he’ll do the same as our next Governor,” stated Paul Anthony Jr., Business Manager and Principal Officer of Local 375.

Meanwhile Gary Martin, Business Manager and Principal Officer of Local 420 said Mr. Pawlowski has shown his support for the labor community by being involved with the recently held anti-right-to-work rally at the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville.

“Mayor Pawlowski gas supported working families throughout his term as Mayor, and we’re proud to endorse him. He’s done a great job putting our brothers and sisters in labor back to work in Allentown, and we’re confident he will do the same around the state as Governor of Pennsylvania,” said Mr. Martin.

Tom Corbett considered most vulnerable in 2014 by GOP

12.15.13

DECEMBER 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Tom Corbett considered most vulnerable in 2014 by GOP

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, December 3rd- Heading into the 2014 campaign incumbent anti-union Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is considered one of the most “vulnerable” by GOP political pundits.

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014. He is currently serving the third year of a four-year term in Harrisburg and has supported many anti-union initiatives while being governor.

Mr. Corbett supports the privitization of Pennsylvania State Liquor Stores, which would put more than 5,000 family sustaining jobs at risk, supports charter schools, supports legislation that would make Pennsylvania a right-to-work state, supports the elimination or making changes to the state prevailing wage law, and awarded a contract to let a British company manage the Pennsylvania Lottery System. The Pennsylvania Lottery System is nearly totally unionized, and privitizing it would result in those jobs being put in harms way because the new operators have not pledged to obtain the current workers.

Nearly all of Mr. Corbett’s legislative initiatives involve union represented workers being eliminated. The Corbett political agenda has hurt all three groups of the labor community, the building and construction trades; the public sector unions; and the unions that represent workers employed within the industrial sector of the economy.

Unlike most elected political officeholders, that deny being anti-union and for lower wages and less benefits, Mr. Corbett appears to enjoy being considered being the most anti-union Governor in the state’s history.

In 2014 twenty-two of thirty Republican governors must face re-election including seven in states where President Obama won easily in 2012.

Mr. Corbett has pushed for corporate tax cuts while cutting funding for Pennsylvania higher education and public schools. He also rejected the expansion of Medicare spending under the 2010 federal healthcare law, while allowing the out-of-state gas-drilling companies to not pay their fair share of taxes.

At least seven Democrats will attempt to win their party’s nomination in the spring 2014 so they can attempt to deny Mr. Corbett a second term.