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Labor community divided in the Pennsylvania Senate races

05.21.10

MAY 2010 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Labor community divided in the Pennsylvania Senate races

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, May 1st- The labor community is divided with their support for the candidates seeking to replace Raphael Musto and Robert Mellow in the Pennsylvania Senate. Mr. Musto (Democrat-14th Legislative District) and Mr. Mellow (Democrat-22nd Legislative District) are retiring from the General Assembly in 2010.

There are six Democratic candidates seeking to replace Mr. Mellow including: Jim Wansacz, Chris Phillips, Charles Volpe, Joe Corcoran, John Blake and Chris Doherty.

The 22nd Legislative District includes Lackawanna, part of Monroe and part of Luzerne Counties. The 14th Legislative District includes part of Luzerne, part of Monroe and part of Carbon Counties.

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Union District Council 21 endorsed Mr. Wansacz. John Gatto, Assistant Business Manager of District Council 21 told the newspaper the membership of his union believes if elected Mr. Wansacz would support the labor community. Jim Wansacz is currently the Pennsylvania House of Representative for the 114th Legislative District.

Chris Phillips, a Scranton School Director, was endorsed by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Union Local 60, which represents the Fire Department of Scranton.

Charles Volpe, a local businessman, is being supported by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 229 in Scranton.

According to Robert Weber, Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer of Local 229, Mr. Volpe has expressed while meeting with him a strong support of unions’ and workers’ rights. “Chuck Volpe’s support of Unions’ and Workers’ Rights will be a strong voice which is desperately needed at the State and Local political levels,” stated Mr. Weber.

Joe Corcoran was endorsed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union District Council 87.

Chris Doherty is being supported by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 81 in Scranton. Mr. Doherty is the Mayor of Scranton.

There are two Democratic candidates seeking to replace Mr. Musto. House of Representative John Yudichak (119th Legislative District) and Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 401 in Wilkes-Barre is supporting Mr. Leighton.

The International Association of Bridge, Structural Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union Local 489 endorsed John Yudichak.

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