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Congressional candidate John Callahan endorsed by Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

08.31.10

SEPTEMBER 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Congressional candidate John Callahan endorsed by Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, August 17th- The United States House of Representatives (15th Legislative District) Democratic candidate, Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, has received the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in Harrisburg for the November election. Mr. Callahan and Independent candidate Jake Towne are challenging incumbent Republican Congressman Charlie Dent.

In the Primary election in May, Mr. Dent defeated fellow Republican Matt Benol while Mr. Callahan had no challengers.

Mr. Dent is seeking a fourth two-year term in representing the Lehigh Valley in Washington, DC. Mr. Dent’s labor voting record has decreased each term since first being elected. He voted against raising the minimum wage, voted against providing loans to the American automobile makers and voted against the Employee Free Choice Act/Card Check (EFCAct).

AFL-CIO delegates met on August 12th and announced Mr. Callahan was endorsed by the labor federation for the November election.

The newspaper previously reported Mr. Callahan summitted a AFL-CIO candidate questionnaire indicating he would support the labor community if elected.

According to the questionnaire, Mr. Callahan would vote for passage of EFCAct.

He would also oppose a national “right-to-work” bill that would prohibit unionized workers and their employers from voluntarily agreeing to “union security” contract language. He vowed to support the raising of the federal minimum wage and automatic adjustments on an annual basis of the mimimum wage.

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