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Many in labor believe Tom Corbett most anti-union Governor ever

07.30.13

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

Many in labor believe Tom Corbett most anti-union Governor ever

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, July 1st- Many in the labor community throughout Pennsylvania believe Republican Tom Corbett is the most anti-union Governor in the state’s history.

The labor community has put a high priority on defeating Mr. Corbett in 2014, if he seeks a second four-term term as Pennsylvania Governor.

He is currently serving the third year of a four-year term in Harrisburg and has supported many anti-union initiatives while being governor.

Mr. Corbett supports the privitization of Pennsylvania State Liquor Stores, which would put more than 5,000 family sustaining jobs at risk, supports charter schools, supports legislation that would make Pennsylvania a right-to-work state, supports the elimination or making changes to the state prevailing wage law, and awarded a contract to let a British company manage the Pennsylvania Lottery System, a nearly totally unionized system, that would have resulted in those jobs put in harms way. Pennsylvania Attorney Kathleen Kane rejected his plan in February and the system remains operated by the state.

Legislation supported by Mr. Corbett was voted out of committee by the Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee in April that would effect labor organizations affiliated with the building and construction trades.

Frank Sirianni, President of the Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council, stated the bills were more bold attacks on workers by a anti-worker agency.

The Corbett agenda has hurt all three groups of the labor community, the building and construction trades, the public sector, and the industrial unions.