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Pennsylvania House candidates pledge to support labor


SEPTEMBER 2012 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Pennsylvania House candidates pledge to support labor


REGION, September 1st- The two political candidates that defeated Incumbent Democratic party members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the spring primary election have pledged the support the labor community if elected in November.

Kevin Haggerty defeated fellow Democrat Ken Smith (112th Legislative District) and Marty Flynn defeated Kevin Murphy (113th Legislative District) in April to become their political party nominees. The two seats share the City of Scranton in Harrisburg.

Both Mr. Smith and Mr. Murphy were supported by the Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation for re-election.

However, Mr. Haggerty and Mr. Flynn have pledged to be equally supportive of the labor community as the previous legislators if chosen by the people in the November election.

Mr. Haggerty, a 1991 Dunmore High School graduate, and former United States Marine, stated he would support the labor community by voting against the anti-union legislative agenda that Republican Pennsylvania Governor has been pushing.

He would oppose any attempt by the Republicans to privatize the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits Stores, weaken the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage law, and is against Mr. Corbett’s “school voucher program.”

His wife is a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) Union. She is a librarian in the Riverside School District.

Mr. Flynn was a member of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union while employed at Lackawanna County Prison.

Mr. Flynn’s grand-father was Business Manager of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 524. “Union is in my blood,” Mr. Flynn said.

While speaking recently before the Scranton Central Labor Union (SCLU) labor federation delegates, which meets every third Wednesday each month, Mr. Flynn stated the labor community should not be concerned that the loss of Mr. Murphy in Harrisburg will be bad for union people of the 113th district.

Mr. Murphy while serving in the Pennsylvania General Assembly in Harrisburg supported issues important to the labor community.

Nancy Krake, President of the SCLU, stated the labor organization recommended that he received the AFL-CIO endorsement for the spring election because of his support for public sector unions, building and construction trade unions, and his overall voting record on labor issues.

However, Mr. Flynn indicated the loss of Kevin Murphy will not hurt the labor community because he will involve himself with issues important to them. “I will be there to watch-out for you,” he stated.

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