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Scranton Mayoral candidate Bill Courtright states he would support labor if elected

04.17.13

APRIL 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Scranton Mayoral candidate Bill Courtright states he would support labor if elected

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 29th- Former Democratic Scranton City Council member and current Scranton Tax Collector Bill Courtright stated if elected Mayor of the electric city he would support many of the issues important to the labor community.

During a interview by the newspaper Mr. Courtright, A West Scranton resident, stated he has been reaching-out to candidates seeking to become members of the Scranton City Council. There are five council seats and three of them are available in 2013. Only incumbent Pat Rogan is seeking re-election, meaning there will be at least two new members on Scranton City Council in 2014.

“I’ve contacted all of the candidates, including current members, to build a positive relationship so hopefully if I’m elected we can work together to solve the city’s problems,” stated Mr. Courtright.

There were three Democrats that filed petitions seeking to become mayor. Current three-term Democratic Mayor Chris Doherty is not seeking a fourth four-year term in city hall.

One of Mr. Courtright’s Democratic opponents, Elizabeth Randol, was interviewed by the newspaper in the previous edition.

Mr. Courtright and Ms. Randol both stated they would not support the privatization of the Scranton Department of Public Works (DPW). The issue has been raised over the past several years at Scranton City Council meetings.

The International Association of Machinists (IAM) Union Local Lodge 2305 represent the DPW workers. Local Lodge 2305 relationship with Mr. Doherty has been better than the relationships he has maintained with the other labor organizations that represent Scranton employees.

Both Mr. Courtright and Ms. Randol also stated they would not attempt to rescind Scranton’s Project Labor Agreement (PLA) contract with the affiliated labor organizations of the Scranton Building and Construction Trades Council. In fact Mr. Courtright added he would veto any legislation that if passed by council would rescind the PLA law.

The employees of the Scranton Tax Office are represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) Union Local Lodge 2462. Mr. Courtright said in the more than three years he has served as Tax Collector not one grievance has been filed by Local 2462