DECEMBER 2012, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News
Labor’s priority in 2014 will be to defeat Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett
BY PAUL TUCKER
LEHIGH VALLEY, November 22nd- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will be the only Republican statewide row office holder in Harrisburg come January because the labor supported Democratic candidates all won on November 6th.
Including in the Democratic victory was Kathleen Kane for State Attorney General. It will be the first time in more than 40 years a Democrat will hold the office.
The labor community will be putting a high priority on defeating the anti-union Tom Corbett in 2014. Mr. Corbett is currently serving the second year of a four-year term. He has supported many anti-union initiatives while being governor and most recently stated he would like to privitise the state lottery system in 2013, putting the employees jobs at risk.
Mr. Corbett supports the privitization of Pennsylvania State Liquor Stores, supports charter schools, supports legislation that would make Pennsylvania a right-to-work state, and supports the elimination of state prevailing wage.
Potential Democratic challengers include Allentown two-term Mayor Edward Pawlowski.
Mr. Pawlowski will be seeking a third four-year term next year and recently told the Associated Press he is concentrating on winning that election first.
However, Mr. Pawlowski has told some labor leaders in the Lehigh Valley he is considering a run for governor while conducting fund raising during 2012.
Because of budget issues Mr. Pawlowski and labor organizations that represent Allentown workers have had some disagreements including with the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Union Local 302. IAFF Local 302 represents Allentown firefighters.
Mr. Corbett also has slashed public school funding and state-supported universities causing school teacher layoffs.