JANUARY 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News
Allentown Mayor Pawlowski receives several labor endorsements
BY PAUL TUCKER
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.