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Labor endorsements for gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf piling-up

08.28.14

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

Labor endorsements for gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf piling-up

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 3rd- More labor organizations from throughout Pennsylvania have endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf for the November election.

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 non-affiliated 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.

Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council, a statewide federation of construction trade unions’, recently announced the federation has endorsed Mr. Wolf, however, not all building trade unions are supporting the Democratic nominee.

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.

Frank Sirianni, President of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council, 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 sustaning 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 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.

On July 31st, the Pennsylvania International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union in Harrisburg, a federation of IBT Local Union’s from throughout Pennsylvania, announced they have endorsed Mr. Wolf. The endorsement announcement was jointly made with the International Brotherhood of Carpenters Union in Philadelphia.

“I am proud to endorse Tom Wolf for Governor today. We need new leadership for Pennsylvania,” stated Edward Coryell Sr., Secretary-Treasurer of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters in Philadelphia.

“We all saw what Covernor Corbett’s failed policies have done to Pennsylvania. It’s time for positive change and Tom Wolf is the right man for the job,” stated William Hamilton, President of the Pennsylvania Conference of the IBT and Principal Officer of IBT Local 107 in Philadelphia.

IBT members ratify have new pipeline contract agreement

08.28.14

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

IBT members ratify have new pipeline contract agreement

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, July 27th- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union members employed by the pipeline industry throughout the United States, including Pennsylvania, have voted to ratify a new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The CBA covers approximately 4,000 IBT members.

The IBT represents employees who operate grapple trucks, tri-axle skids trucks, stringer trucks, floats, dump trucks, water trucks, and other various frame vehicles used in and around pipeline construction sites.

“Our pipeline workers will benefit from the improved wages, benefits and other provisions of the contract, which will help ensure that jobs in this part of the nation’s construction industry continues to be some of the most stable,” stated Marion Davis, Director of the IBT Building Material and Construction Trade Division.

In 2012 the IBT members went on strike against the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) because of the failure to reach an new agreement. The union members returned to their jobs without gaining a new agreement but a new successor CBA was negotiated during the three month contract extension of the expired pact.

The PLCA also has labor agreements with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), the United Association of Pipefitters and Plumbers (UA), and the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA).

The IBT went on strike on January 1st, 2012 one year after the previous pact expired on January 1st, 2011. The Union did not call a national strike instead conducted a “selective work stoppage”. The IBT only struck several pipeline sites and did not have a work stoppage at all PLCA locations.

The 2012 strike had some controversy because several labor organizations also under contract with the PLCA, crossed the IBT picket-line and began doing their jurisdictional work.

Members of IBT Local 229 in Dunmore and IBT Local 401 were involved in the work stoppage at several pipelines near Tunkhannock and Towanda. The two union’s share the jurisdiction of the pipelines in the region.

The new CBA includes wage increases each year of the agreement. Also, two new classifications will be paid at a higher rate, and improvements were made on who receives health, welfare and pension benefits.

IUPAT members not yet hired for U of S construction project

08.28.14

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

IUPAT members not yet hired for U of S construction project

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 1st- The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 21 in Drums, which represents unionized painters and drywall workers employed within the construction industry throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, have yet to be hired for the University of Scranton $47 million eight-story rehabiliation building on Jefferson Avenue in Scranton.

The university is building the rehabilitation center across the alley from the Adlin Building where the Scranton YWCA was located.

The university hired nonunion workers for renovations that were done on the upper floors of the Adlin Building, which houses several businesses on the ground floor.

Members of IUPAT Local 218, which is affiliated with District Council 21, protested in May because they were not hired for the renovations of the Adlin Building.

The protest included a ten foot high inflatable rat which is owned by the Scranton Building and Construction Trades Council.

In a newspaper article published in the Scranton Times/Tribune newspaper regarding the protest of the hiring of nonunion construction workers, an unknown source representing the University of Scranton, stated members of IUPAT would be hired for the rehabiliation center construction.

However, when contacted on August 1st, Mr. Gatto stated a signatory contractor of his union has not yet been hired for that project.

Phone calls to the University of Scranton seeking comment about this story were not returned.

Mr. Gatto stated his members will likely return to protest by late August if they are not hired for the project.

First local chapter CLUW meeting held on August 7th

08.28.14

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

First local chapter CLUW meeting held on August 7th

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 1st- The first meeting of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Coalition of Union Women (CLUW) was held on Thursday August 7th at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 87 Union building, O’Neill Highway in Dunmore. The meeting was scheduled for 7pm. in the main meeting hall in the AFSCME building.

In the previous edition of the newspaper it was reported that AFSCME member Melissa Matoushek has began to form a local chapter of CLUW.

CLUW is a organization within the labor movement that is sanctioned by the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Washington DC. The organization was formed in 1974 and currently has more than 75 chapters throughout the nation and a membership of approxiamtely 20,000 women and men.

CLUW’s primary goal is to be a resource to all union represented women to develop action programs within the framework of the labor community to deal with women objectives in the workplace.

The basic objective of CLUW is to promote affirmative action in the workplace, increase participation of women in their labor unions, organize the unrepresented, and engage women in the political and legislative process.

The local chapters of CLUW help educate members regarding the resources of support for women and also providing a network for women that are union represented. Also, CLUW local chapters help keep women and their families up-to-date on job related issues.

According to Ms. Matoushek, the founding convention of CLUW was held in Chicago, Illinous and the four basic goals of action were: to promote affirmative action in the workplace; to strengthen the role of women in unions; to organize the unorganized women; and to increase the involvement of women in the political and legislative process.

The goals continue to be the cornerstone of CLUW’s activities as members speak out for equal pay, child and elder care benefits, job security, safe workplaces, affordable health care, contraceptive equity, and protection from sexual harassment and violence at work.

Anyone wanting to join the organization or needs more information can contact Ms. Matoushek at (570) 352-8006. Her e-mail address is: nepacluw@gmail.com.