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Delaware State AFL-CIO Endorses Candidates for 2014 General Election

09.30.14

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release Contact: Samuel E. Lathem
September 27, 2014 (302) 283-1330 or 740-5151

Delaware State AFL-CIO Endorses Candidates
2014 General Election

The Delaware State AFL-CIO concluded a Special Endorsement Convention where delegates unanimously cast their ballots for candidates in federal, state, and county races to be held this November.

Samuel E. Lathem, President of the Delaware State AFL-CIO and Vice-President James Maravelias, presided over the convention representing the 30,000 members of this state’s largest organized labor organization.

The convention was the culmination of a lengthy and scrutinizing selection process that began in December, 2013. The Delaware State AFL-CIO’s Political Education Committee chaired by Michael Harrington, IATSE #284, conducted a long and arduous review of the qualifications of candidates. According to Harrington, “The candidates selected are the ones who have deserve our support and loyalty.”

AFL-CIO President Lathem enthusiastically echoes Harrington: “We feel the candidates chosen at this time; will represent the sincere interest of the working families’ throughout the state and in our local communities. We are proud to stand together as a unified labor movement with these endorsements and pledge our loyalty to their campaigns.” President Lathem emphasizes that “because these candidates support not only labor causes but the health and welfare of all our citizens, they have earned the support of our members and all Delawareans.”

With 40 (forty) days remaining in this campaign season, these endorsements will enable each candidate to mobilize our resources and integrate Organized Labor into their respective campaign strategies.

DELAWARE STATE AFL-CIO SPECIAL ENDORSEMENT CONVENTION
September 27, 2014

Recommendation Office Party Name
Endorse United States Senator D Christopher A. Coons
Endorse Representative in Congress D John C. Carney, Jr.
Endorse Attorney General D Matthew Denn
Endorse State Treasurer D Sean Barney
Endorse Auditor of Accounts D Brenda R. Mayrack
Endorse Senate District 2 D Margaret Rose Henry
Endorse Senate District 3 D Robert I. Marshall
Endorse Senate District 4 D Sarah L. Buttner
Endorse Senate District 6 D R. Claire Snyder-Hall
Endorse Senate District 10 D Bethany Hall-Long
Endorse Senate District 11 D Bryan Townsend
Endorse Representative District 2 D Stephanie T. Bolden
Endorse Representative District 3 D Helene M. Keeley
Endorse Representative District 4 D Gerald L. Brady
Endorse Representative District 6 D Debra Heffernan
Endorse Representative District 8 D S. Quinton Johnson
Endorse Representative District 9 D Jason Horitz
Endorse Representative District 10 D Sean Matthews
Endorse Representative District 11 D Lynne W. Newlin
Endorse Representative District 12 D Jeffrey Porter
Endorse Representative District 13 D John L. Mitchell, Jr.
Endorse Representative District 15 D Valerie Longhurst
Endorse Representative District 16 D James Johnson
Endorse Representative District 17 D Michael Mulrooney
Endorse Representative District 18 D Michael Barbieri
Endorse Representative District 19 D Kimberly Williams
Endorse Representative District 21 R Michael Ramone
Endorse Representative District 24 D Edward S. Osienski
Endorse Representative District 27 D Earl Jaques
Endorse Representative District 29 D William Charles Paradee, III
Endorse Representative District 30 D Jonathan E. Gallo
Endorse Representative District 31 D Sean M. Lynn
Endorse Representative District 32 D Andria Leigh Bennett
Endorse Representative District 33 D John Kevin Robbins
Endorse Representative District 37 D Paulette Ann Rappa
Endorse NCCo Recorder of Deeds D Michael E. Kozikowski
Endorse NCCo Council District 1 D Joseph M. Reda
Endorse NCCo Council District 3 R Janet Kilpatrick
Endorse NCCo Sheriff D Trinidad Navarro

Some Republicans back increasing wage in their home states

09.30.14

OCTOBER 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Some Republicans back increasing wage in their home states

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, September 20th- During this mid-term election year some Republicans throughout the nation have backed the raising of the minimum wage while legislation supported by President Barack Obama lies in Washington likely to die because most federal members of the GOP will not support it.

The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Washington DC, has made it clear it does support raising the federal minimum wage to the bench-mark of $10.10 an hour, which President Obama proposed in his “state-of-the-union” address earlier this year.

The current minimum wage, which covers most workers employed within many industries excluding some retail and service establishments and farms and also employ students at wages of no more than 15 percent below the minimum with proper certification, is $7.25. The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009.

The AFL-CIO has been lobbying Washington legislators and organizing rallies supporting the raising of the federal minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSAct).

Many states have increased their minimum wage above the federal bench-mark including New Jersey, Maryland and New York. However, anti-worker Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett has made it clear he does not support increasing the wage. He has been lobbying fellow Republicans to not support the increase of the hourly wage, stating the higher wage would harm Pennsylvania’s economy.

There are 19 state’s and the District of Columbia that have a higher minimum wage than the federal standard. New Jersey’s minimum wage increased in January to $8.25 an hour.

Meanwhile, in five states that Republicans control, including Alaska, Arkansas, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Illinois, GOP legislators have voiced their support for raising the bench-mark in their states but not to $10.10 an hour.

Those five states have measures up for a vote and the bench-mark would be increased from their current wage between $1.25 an hour, such as South Dakota, to $2.00 an hour, such as Alaska.

In 2014, 13 states have so-far increased their bench-mark above the federal minimum wage and those states have added jobs faster than those that did not raise the wage.

A recently release report by the Congressional Budget Office projected that a higher minimum wage of $10.10 an hour would cut 500,000 jobs throughout the nation but the report also stated that more than 16.5 million American workers wages would be increased, producing an overwhelmingly positive impact for the economy.

IASTE Union meets at the USW Building in Bethlehem

09.30.14

OCTOBER 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

IASTE Union meets at the USW Building in Bethlehem

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, September 17th- The affiliated Pennsylvania local union’s of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE) Union, which represents workers employed as stage hands, moving picture film operators and crew shots, and film projection operators, throughout the nation and Canada, recently held their annual meeting in Bethlehem.

The event was held at the United Steelworkers Union (USW) Local 2599 building on East Lehigh Street in Bethlehem on September 8th, at noon.

Local 200 represents IATSE members throughout the Lehigh Valley and Stroudsburg, Monroe County.

The meeting was held to discuss several issues that involve the eastern Pennsylvania region including the new rock and roll rehearsal space in Lititz, the opening of the Global Spectrum Arena in downtown Allentown and other various issues regarding the region.

One major issue involving IATSE during 2014 is in Philadelphia.

Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Union were “locked-out” of their jobs at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Race Street in Philadelphia in May after their union’s failed to sign a new agreement in the scheduled time frame management created.

Members of other affiliated unions’, including IATSE, have been doing their work since the dispute began.

The IBT and the Carpenters have picketed the Convention Center and sponsor advertisements requesting management of the center go back to the table to settle the lock-out.

The IATSE local’s included those from York, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Philadelphia and Allentown.

Labor community requesting their members support Tom Wolf for Governor

09.30.14

OCTOBER 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Labor community requesting their members support Tom Wolf for Governor

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, September 15th- The laber community has began to mobilized themselves for the fall political campaign to hopefully defeat anti-union Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett and deny him of a second four-year term.

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, have began to prepare to energize their members leading-up to the general election, November 4th. The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014.

The labor community have mostly endorsed 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. There has been several labor organizations that have endorsed Mr. Corbett for the fall election.

Frank Sirianni, President of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council in Harrisburg, a statewide federation of construction trade unions’, stated the labor federation unanimously voted to endorse Mr. Wolf.

“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.

Most of Pennsylvania’s largest labor organizations have endorsed Mr. Wolf, including: the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA); the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union Council 13; the Pennsylvania International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union in Harrisburg; the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1776; and the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters in Philadelphia. Mr. Wolf has also gained the support of the Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Harrisburg.

“We will be deploying our activists and volunteers to reach the worksites and households of workers in every region of the state on behalf of our endorsed candidates,” stated Frank Snyder, Secretary/Treasurer of the PA AFL-CIO. “This election will be won or lost on voter turnout and we are determined to educate and motivate through Election Day,” continued Mr. Snyder.

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.